Known as “The No Kill Pumpkin Patch”, the orange gourds on this farm cannot be taken off the property.
In fact, pumpkins from other patches are brought to the Corgans so that they might live out their lives safely.
“Our kiddos gave us the idea,” William Corgan explained to this Modern Philosopher as he gave me a tour. “They loved to play out in the patch, give the pumpkins names, and befriend them. Then they’d freak out when we’d cut them open, gut them, and carve them up. My wife would try to explain that it was every pumpkin’s dream to grow up to be picked as a family’s Jack O’Lantern, but they wouldn’t accept that.”
“They’d say that the pumpkins told them their dream was to live in a peaceful field, play with the children, have their faces painted, and grow old,” Clarice Corgan continued her husband’s tale. “When we told them that wasn’t true, they took to sneaking out of the house at night to sleep out in the patch with their pumpkin friends.”
“We were furious at first,” Mr. Corgan told me as we wandered over to one of the farm’s multiple pumpkin painting stations. “Then we did some research, and we realized that the kiddos might be on to something.”
Maine is a very tree hugging, environmental friendly, love your produce like yourself kind of state, Modern Philosophers, so the Corgans quickly discovered that they had a gold mine on their hands.
Families from all over New England flock to the Corgan Pumpkin Patch in droves every Autumn. “We put all the pumpkins on display once they’ve been painted, and we feature the best of the week on our website,” Clarice informed me proudly. “That way, the artists can still see their pumpkins and know they are alive and well.”
According to the Corgans, it was three years ago that people began bringing pumpkins to the already heavily populated patch. “It was a group of tourists from Canada,” William recounted. “They got off the bus, and each of them was holding a pumpkin. We were so confused. Then someone explained that these were rescued pumpkins that needed a home so they’d be safe from carving, smashing, and death inside a pie. Our kiddos thought it was the neatest idea, so we started advertising that service, too.”
How does the pumpkin patch make money? Guests make a donation whenever they visit or drop off a pumpkin for safe keeping. They also leave behind room and boarding fees for the pumpkins they adopt and leave in the Corgans’ care.
“It has truly been amazing,” Clarice confessed as she wiped away a tear. “That saying about the great things that come from the minds of babes really is true. We were struggling to keep our heads above water, and now we have been able to expand the farm, add on to the house, and set up a college fund for our little pumpkin saviors.”
The Corgan Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week. For more information you can call (207) PUMPKIN or visit their website at worldshappiestpumpkins.com.
Just another reason why I love Maine. Happy Halloween!