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April at Meadowbrooke

Well, we thought spring was coming. Saturday really felt like spring hitting temperatures in the 70s only to be slammed on Sunday with plummeting temperatures and a fierce wind that howled through the store. A few times this weekend, the front door slammed so hard from the wind, I truly thought the glass was going […]

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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

February at Meadowbrooke 2019

February, for PA, is the middle of winter. We are currently experiencing the Polar Vortex with windchills well in the negatives which seems to have gripped the entire country. I don’t know about the rest of you, but the holiday decorations I hung outside the store are still hanging and will remain there until the […]

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Welcome to a New Year!

2019!! Welcome to a new year. January for me means catching my breath after a very busy Fall and Winter season. The holidays are over, and my store desperately needs some organization. The first few days, I dusted EVERYTHING and moved gourds around to fill in empty spots to make room for all the new […]

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December at Meadowbrooke

It’s December! The holiday season will be upon us before we know it and there is so much going on between now and the end of the year at Meadowbrooke. We start the month out with our Winter Create Your Own. It takes place on the first and second weekend. Most of the weekend dates […]

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All About Gourds

Hostess Gift Ideas

A very important part of the upcoming holiday season is to gather with our family and friends to celebrate and reflect on the milestones of the last year. Almost 50% of people will be invited to someone else’s house to share a meal, visit and get caught up on all that is happening in each […]

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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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Meet Our Staff

Travis Tennant

I met Travis Tennant almost a year ago. He was helping to price oops gourds for our big Fall Oops Sale. He was quiet, worked quickly and had a very nice smile. Who would have thought that a year later, he would be working full-time at Meadowbrooke Gourds. He was born in Morgantown, WV and […]

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September and Sunflowers

Lots of things are happening at Meadowbrooke Gourds. September is a time of transition. For the store, things are switching to Fall decorations including burnt orange pumpkins, scarecrows, ghostly ghosts and lots of happy witches. I have most of the store’s decorations for Fall on display including our great new Fall gourds. Although, here in […]

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Meet Our Staff

Mara and Lauren our Store Clerks

If you have ever been to the store at one of our Create Your Owns or just to shop in the store, more than likely you have met Mara and Lauren. These two ladies have been working regularly in our retail store for a little over a year. Mara will be a senior this year […]

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August at Meadowbrooke

August is a time of small transitions here at the store. I start getting the feeling that I’m done with the hot weather, the Summer Celebration is over and school will soon be starting. I know I will hear about this from the people that love this hot and humid weather but that’s ok, I’ve […]

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Life’s Milestones

This is my view this week as I sit at the beach with my family. This beach time gives me time to reflect on life. Milestones I think you could say. For the younger folks, your milestones would be getting your driver’s license, graduating from high school and then maybe college. For some, it may […]

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A Thank You To Our Military

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and was able to spend at least some of it with friends and family. I didn’t get to spend the holiday with my entire family, but I was able to go on vacation with them a few weeks before. My immediate and extended family were in […]

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Meadowbrooke in June

June, the month that goes hand in hand with summer. Warm weather, vacations, days spent by the pool or creek, picnics in the park, and walks to the ice cream store. This also means the kids are out of school and maybe already bored and picking on their siblings or worse yet, friends. I know […]

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Gourd Tips

Birdhouse Tips for Nesting Birds

Some believe that it is too late to hang your birdhouses out because Spring is almost over, and Summer is coming but we disagree. I will agree that Spring is the most prevalent time for birds to build their first nest but there are many birds that will lay eggs several times during a nesting […]

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Meet Our Staff

Luke Paris

I would like to introduce you to our newest member of the Meadowbrooke Gourds team, Luke Paris. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and is the youngest of the Paris children. He has an older sister, Karli, and brother, Jake. He lived there until around the 6th grade and then moved to central PA when his […]

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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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Meadowbrooke’s Punta Cana Vacation 2018

​When we left a few weekends ago heading to Punta Cana, theDominican Republic for our company trip, we had no idea that we would be landing in paradise a few hours later. There were 23 of us that went on the trip and we all made it back a little tanner (some a little burnt) […]

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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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In House

Big Thank You to our Customers at our Spring Create Your Own 2018

​A gigantic “gourdgeous” thank you to all our customers and our team at Meadowbrooke Gourds. We had our most successful Spring Create Your Own event in our company’s history! We saw many new faces as well as many faces we see at every event. The one thing I can’t get over is how many customers […]

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Behind The Scenes

Our Adorable New Tiny Gourds

​As most of you know, Meadowbrooke is never content so we are always looking for the newest design and always listening to our customer’s ideas. So, our team of about twenty-some people has decided to start something completely new and completely challenging. We have decided to handcraft the teeniest, tiniest gourds we have ever done. […]

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Succulent Gourds

​I know it is kinda deep, but have you ever asked yourself where a new idea comes from? Something you have never thought before and you can’t explain why it suddenly popped into your brain. Maybe you thought it before and dismissed it as unworkable. For whatever reason, you find yourself suddenly excited by the […]

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Can’t Wait for Spring

I absolutely love the seasons in Pennsylvania. I am one of those strange people that loves the fall season when it gets dark at 5:00 p.m. and I can go home, light some candles, get in my pajamas and relax for the evening. With that being said, I have to tell you that I am […]

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The New and Improved Store

There have been so many exciting things happening in our little corner of the world. It began a little over a year ago when we decided that we needed more room for our shipping area, gourd storage, and our retail store. So, we began to make a plan about making some of these changes and […]

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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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Behind The Scenes

Our Front Porch

I was recently looking through some magazines for some unique and interesting quotes. My daughter loves quotes and has them hung all around her room. She turns 18 later this week and thought I would find something special. I found one that simply said “Welcome to Our Porch”. It was just a standard white wood […]

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