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2020 at a Glance

Happy New Year’s Day and welcome to 2020! We are very excited about this year, in case you missed it, we are celebrating 25 Years of crafting smiles! We are already planning and preparing for the sales, events and workshops that we have done in the past but we have also been brainstorming about some […]

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Farm Events

Sunflower Advice

Sunflower season has begun at Meadowbrooke Gourds and unless we get an early frost, we should have them well into October.  I thought I would do some research to find out how others have tried to help keep their sunflowers last longer once they’ve been cut.  Here are some very interesting things to try. Cutting […]

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What Other Places are Near Meadowbrooke to Visit?

One frequently asked question I get in the retail store is what else is there to see near Meadowbrooke Gourds.  Well, I never really knew exactly what was around us to visit so I decided to find out.  I looked online, googled a lot and made a list of bookstores, wineries, antique stores, produce stands […]

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May at Meadowbrooke

It is definitely starting to feel and look like Spring here on the farm. Flowers are starting to blossom, grass is getting green and the trees are budding with lots of new leaves. The farm is getting ready for the new growing season. Last year’s gourds have all been harvested and our farm crew is […]

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Spring is Coming!

March is all about getting ready for Spring here on the farm. The last of the winter decorations are coming down in the store and we are getting ready for all the Spring events that begin at the end of March starting with our Spring Create Your Own. March is also a great time to […]

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Meadowbrooke’s Designing Duo

When people come into the store or even at the wholesale shows I was currently at, customers are always surprised that we have come up with even more and different designs than the year before. The questions is always “Who comes up with all your ideas”? Although the ideas can come from anyone within or […]

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Behind The Scenes

Fun Filled November

October was packed full of two weekends of Fall Create Your Own, our first ever Sunflower Festival, 15 day Best Kept Secret Tour where we got to meet lots of new friends, the Fall sale and the gourd plant tours which just came to an end. Here we are now starting November and it is […]

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Well we had our First Ever Sunflower Festival. My First Thoughts….

Well, we just had our first ever Sunflower Festival. First, I want to thank our customers who were so wonderfully respectful of our farm. Many happy sunflower harvesters went out of their way to thank me and our team for being so generous. It was a lot of fun to see how much everyone enjoyed […]

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So What has that Crazy Gourd Farmer Come up with Now?

So what has that crazy gourd farmer thought of now? If you can guess you must be clairvoyant because even he has no idea what will catch his attention next. Think millions of sunflowers and thousands of monarch butterflies. Then think the coolest wagon shaped like an old-time trolley pulled by a brand-new John Deere […]

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Best Kept Secret Tour

Secrets? Mystery? Sales? Coupons? Adventure? All these words describe the Best Kept Secret Tour in Cumberland County and we are happy to announce we are a stop on the tour this Fall. So, what exactly is this Best Kept Secret Tour? Well, let’s start with what do a chocolate shop, a jewelry designer, a gourd […]

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Well May is Here

Well, May is here, our egg hunt is over, we are back from our company trip and we are getting ready for our planting season here at Meadowbrooke. May is the perfect month to start ordering your gourd seeds and get them started inside. If you need some pointers as to how and when to […]

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April Already?

​I can hardly believe it is April already. Where does the time go? Our Spring Create Your Own is over and we are now moving on to the next thing. Some who have been to the store recently have already seen the signs stating that our retail store will be closed Monday thru Friday, April […]

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Warehime’s Pumpkin Patch

Hello, my name is Ashley Bear/Warehime and I am one of the leaders at Meadowbrooke Gourds. Many of you who have come up to the store probably know me as a class teacher from our Create Your Own events or you have seen me out and about on a tractor or gator working on the […]

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The Life of a Birdhouse

So many people wonder if birds actually use me as a home for their featherless fledglings. I am here to tell you that birds do and I can honestly say I love each little egg that is laid in me each year. If you haven’t already guessed, I am a birdhouse. Not just your regular […]

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Summer Celebration 2017

Warmer weather means that our Summer Celebration is right around the corner. It is hard to believe but this will be our 9th Annual Summer Celebration, that’s right 9 years!! This all began back in 2008. We had been boxing up our oops (some might call them seconds) for quite a few years but really […]

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A Great Big Thank You to our Spring Create Your Own Customers!

We had a full house of happy crafters at our Spring Create Your Own gourd event again this season. There are so many things I want to thank our customers for that I’m not sure where to begin. I would like to thank the sweet blind lady that thought I looked like Robert Redford (that was a first for me) […]

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Raising Our Next Generation

A personal note from Ben Bear: My sister is a co-author of a book called “House of the Sun”. However….. while I love my sister that’s not a good enough reason to share anything with our customers. Rather this is a book on parenting and it is important to me for some very personal reasons […]

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Fall Fest 2016

Fall is right around the corner and I don’t know about you but I am ready to bring out the sweaters and sit by the bonfire on a cool starry night. At Meadowbrooke, this also means that Fall Fest is quickly approaching. The dates are September 24 & 25 and October 1 & 2, 2016. […]

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Fall Create Your Own How to Register

Our Fall Create Your Own is right around the corner. Many of you know that this is our annual Fall event. Our experienced crafters will help you make wonderful fall creations such as; pumpkins, witches, scarecrows, and turkeys. This event is for the entire family and all ages and skill levels will enjoy making their […]

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The Amazing Gourd Plant Game Rules and Tips

This will be the final time to make a guess for our amazing gourd plant game. Our plant has set its fruit and is growing very slowly at this time. We are also facing some disease issues that are starting to stunt its growth. I have placed an extension on top of the telephone pole […]

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The Amazing Gourd Plant

Many people have asked me over the years “How long will a gourd vine grow?” or “How much space in my small garden should I dedicate to growing a gourd plant?” My answer has always been that one gourd plant will take over your whole garden. The vines grow so long that they would reach […]

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All About Gourds

Gourd Growing Time Lapse

In 2013, we thought it would be a really neat idea to do a video that shows how gourds grow. We know from growing gourds for so many years how gourd vines can totally take over everything in its path. The video begins in May in the greenhouse as the gourds are starting to sprout […]

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A Day in the Life of a Gourd

Yeah, my day has finally come! I just overheard Roger, one of the washers, talking and he said he is ready for me to become a jack-o-lantern. You see, I have been sitting in a bin in the dark for about 10 years, waiting patiently in the gourd crib until someone at Meadowbrooke came up […]

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How Do We Pick The Product of The Month?

One of the questions we are asked is “How do you decide what gourds to make for Product of the Month?” At that point we normally respond “the idea bank or the idea board located in our retail store.” It is at these two places, our customers provide invaluable insight as to what they are […]

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