“What will the Hodges Farm Pumpkin Patch look like for 2020?”
The farm has been getting lots of questions about our plans for Pumpkin Patch this year.
Regretfully, we will be unable to host The Annual Pumpkin Patch this 2020 Fall Season
First and foremost; we are blessed that our family remains healthy and safe during this pandemic! We hope that you are staying safe and keeping well.
Just as everyone in our community has had to come to grips with “the new normal”, we have adjusted our focus towards producing food and developing our online shop with contactless curbside pickup protocols. We decided, in light of the pandemic, not to move forward with the expensive and labor-intensive task of planting, maintaining, and harvesting pumpkins this year. Since that decision, we have been networking with local farms and are still working on locally sourcing Fall goods to add to our on-line shop listings of grass-fed beef, pastured poultry (a brand new item!), eggs, produce, and honey. We are still working to provide pumpkins and gourds and perhaps even fresh apples straight from the mountains of North Carolina! Please see what we have to offer by visiting our website, https://hodgesfamilyfarm.grazecart.com/
This year has already been exceedingly difficult for our family farm. Unusual weather has severely hampered our farming operations. Nearly all of our Spring and Summer public activities have been canceled or postponed. Now turning to fall of 2020, The Pumpkin Patch, which has been a touchstone event that connects us to the community and keeps us bringing our #farmtoCharlotte year after year, will not be able to open. We know that many of you have come to our farm on school trips in years past and now bring your own children to see us. We are honored to host so many family traditions. Looking forward, we are already planning and taking steps to ensure a successful Pumpkin Patch 2021 and find it hard to express how thankful we are for your continued support across social media, by supporting our online shop, and with your kind posts and e-mails.
We have to be mindful of keeping our family and friends safe by abiding by the restrictions affecting our community. That means that we will not be able to have large groups, publicly shared games, and play spaces. We can’t allow people to visit our barns and animals. The schools will not be coming out for educational programs. We are also sad to say that we will not be hosting the Stumptown Antique Tractor show this year. We can, however, fulfill online grocery orders, sell fall products online through our online store, book private Photography Sessions, and are happy to respond to any questions that you may have for the family or the farmers! Please still feel free to reach out to us by emailing HodgesFarmNC@gmail.com!
We are truly all in this together, even in keeping with social distancing and all doing our part to slow the spread. Connecting your family with our farm family and friends keeps us out here and in the fields! We hope to be expressing this to each and every one of you in person soon…
Meanwhile, please be safe and stay healthy!