Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Do you charge admission?

A.  No, we do not charge admission.


  Q.  Is parking free?

A.  Yes, parking is free.


Q.  Do you accept credit cards?

A.  Yes, we accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover. We also accept cash and personal checks.


  Q.  Do you have pick-your-own pumpkins?

A.  No, we don’t offer pick-your-own-pumpkins. We rotate our crops so our pumpkin patch isn’t always right next to our front stand. But don’t worry, you’ll pick your pumpkin from thousands of pumpkins that are already cut and washed and won’t get your car dirty on the way home.


    Q.  Is the farm handicap accessible?

A.  Overall, our farm is handicap accessible. There is room for a wheelchair or powerchair to move through the maze. Please be aware that it may be difficult to move a chair through the maze if the ground is wet. Some wide powerchairs may not fit through the craft barn door, but standard sized wheelchairs do fit. In addition, there are three steps to climb onto the hayride. We also have a handicap accessible restroom.


    Q.  How long will my pumpkin last?

A.  Some people worry that if they purchase their pumpkin early, it won’t make it to Halloween. Believe it or not, many of our pumpkins are ripe in August. They are a very hardy vegetable (well, technically, pumpkins are a fruit!), and last late into the fall. Just make sure to keep your pumpkin outside or in a cool garage (they won’t usually last long indoors). If you have to keep it in the house, try to keep it in a cool place out of direct heat. Once a pumpkin is cut into, it will shrivel up quickly, so wait to carve your pumpkins until a day or two before Halloween.


    Q.  How do I roast pumpkin seeds?

A.  Clean the seeds. Place them on a cookie sheet. Add seasoning if desired. Bake the seeds 350° for 25 minutes.

Purchase a hull-less seed pumpkin (you can use any pumpkin, but the hull-less variety does not have seeds with a hard outer shell and are much better for roasted pumpkin seeds).


    Q.  Do you have tips on carving giant pumpkins?

A.  The best way to carve a giant pumpkin is to cut the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top. This will give your giant jack-o-lantern a good base and make it easier to illuminate.


    Q.  How do I dry a gourd?

A.  Drying a gourd is easy. It takes three to eight months to dry a gourd. Keep it in a cool dry place like a garage. Over time, mold will grow on the gourd as it dries. Unless it is soft, this is normal and does not mean the gourd is rotten. Once the gourd feels very light weight (often you can hear seeds shaking around inside), soak the goard in a bleach solution to kill the mold. Use steel wool to clean the gourd, let it dry, and it’s ready to paint or stain. Use acrylic paints and finish with an acrylic spray.


    Q.  Which apples are best for eating/baking?

A.  The best eating apples are: Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Fuji and Jonathan.
A.  The best baking/sauce apples are: Yellow Delicious, Jonathan, and Fuji.


    Q.  How do I cook squash?

A.  Pierce the squash several times to release steam. Place the squash on a microwave-safe plate and microwave until tender. Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and top with butter, brown sugar, and/or marshmallows.


Heat the topped squash in the microwave or brown in the oven. All varieties can be cooked this way. For Spaghetti Squash, cook as directed but instead of adding brown sugar and marshmallows, pull back the flesh with a fork to create "noodles" and top with spaghetti sauce.


    Q.  How do I pop popcorn on the cob?

A.  Place your popcorn cob in a paper sandwich bag, roll the top over several times to close the bag (make sure to leave room for the popcorn to pop), and cook it in the microwave on high. Listen carefully for the popping to slow. Another delicious way to pop fresh popcorn is to shuck the kernels off the cob and pop them in oil on the stovetop.


    Q.  May I bring my dog?

A.  You're welcome to bring your dog as long as he's social and on a leash, and you clean up after him.

    Q.  Are you still open when it rains a lot?

A.  We are open rain or shine, but be aware that the maze may get muddy if there’s a lot of rain. If it has rained recently, please dress accordingly for the maze. On rare occasions, we are unable to run our hayride if the field is flooded.

ADDRESS

 

7133 Seaman Rd
Oregon, OH 43616

   CONTACT

 

fleitzpumpkinfarm@gmail.com

Tel: (419) 836-7613

 

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OPEN DAILY

Sept. 12th - Oct. 31st

10AM - 7PM

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