Eleven years ago God planted an idea within two watermelon farmers to try something very unique. Steven Dixon, a seasoned farmer and rancher, was conversing with his niece's husband, Scott Thomas and mentioned that he had been thinking about trying to grow some pumpkins. Much to Steven's surprise, Scott told him that he had been contemplating the same idea and had already purchased the seed to give it a try. The two farmers got together and along with help from their wives, decided to give it a go and "see what would happen".
The reason these two skilled farmers were so unsure about the new fruit is due to the fact that pumpkins historically do not grow well in Florida. Pumpkin and other related gourd varieties thrive in a dry cool climate and Florida's hot, wet summers provide the exact opposite of what is needed for these delicate plants.
With hard work, research and prayer we set off to see if we could even get any pumpkins to grow. The first year was nothing more than a miracle. We were shocked at how God had brought forth a crop that was not supposed to survive and allowed it to thrive. That first year we agreed that as God decided to bless us with a crop each season, we would make sure that we gave Him all the glory for the harvest. We work hard but we fully recognize the Lord as the ultimate farmer of our fields.
It is in this spirit of recognition that each year we have a specific verse of scripture that we believe speaks to that particular season. These verses are displayed at the field and are listed below.
We are now preparing for our 12th season with great excitement. This season we will be offering several new varieties of pumpkins along with our corn maze, live bluegrass music, kids hay maze and hay fort with slides. We strive to provide a family friendly atmosphere where people of all ages can come and enjoy the farm. We hope to see you at the patch!
Left to Right:
Scott & Sarah Joe Thomas, Andrea & Steven Dixon
For I know the thoughts I have toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Tell everyone of the amazing things He does.
I Chronicles 16:24
The Lord will fight for you; You need only to be still.
God has made everything beautiful in its own time and has planted eternity in the human heart...
My eyes look unto the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of Heaven and earth.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Chose you this day whom you will serve... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
For the joy of the Lord is my strength.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
For we walk by faith and not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
But with God all things are possible.
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