The ground hog has spoken! 6 more weeks, he says, but is that stopping us? Heck to the No! Seasonal businesses like ours slow down a bit this time of year, but only in the public eye. Behind the scenes it means learning, planning, researching, learning, ordering, building, …the list goes on. Sometimes it feels like more is done in the off season than in, but really it’s just that the ‘in season’ is when we get to showcase all that hard work. For us a lot has happened already and I thought I’d share a glimpse of it without totally giving away all of our secrets.
Pumpkins are the backbone of our business, that’s how we started, that’s what we’re known for, so becasue of that we are constantly trying to better our harvest. We have sold out before closing day the last 2 years so we know this is time to make some changes. In addition to new varieties (that just got ordered WootWoot!) , we are trying some new spraying techniques, and most importantly we are moving and expanding our acres! That’s huge for us. We are not the biggest producer in the area, but what we do have needs to be the best; best in quality, but also best in providing a quality experiance for those who make it an annual traditon of hunting for their ‘Great Pumpkin’ at our farm! I think most people know that a quality vegetable needs rotation, so rotating into new ground, beyond an area that we have had in the past, should make for a better pumpkin, and for those of you who came out last year (maybe even 2 or 3 times becasue of bad stems or early rotting) you will enjoy a longer lasting fall decoration!
As for our Corn Maze, it has become a popular fall tradition for a lot of people so keeping it fresh and entertaining is key. The biggest change for it this year is it’s size: we are making it BIGGER, doubled in fact! This will be a fun adventure for us all, as design will also be a big change making way for more game and sponsorship opportuniities. It also makes for more summer upkeep, but that’s just part of the fun! Anyway, we decided that this year even though we are known for designing around local or special causes we are going to design around our biggest cause…ourselves! Make no mistake, we will continue to support our local groups and causes as we have since the beginning, we are just going to change the focus a bit to highlight all that we have become and support! Stay tuned for details!
Our other big focus is on Zombie Paintball. The infestation continues to reek havock on the farm so bringing even more hunters out to erradicate them is a big goal this year. Making it the best experiance for our hunters is top priority!! What exactly that will entail will have to be left to your imagianation….Muahahaha!!
There is sure to be a lot more updates to come, this is just some of the ‘I’m-going-to-stay-inside-because-it’s-so-darn-cold-out-still’ background planning that goes on behind the scenes at CPP. We’ll see you again-real soon folks!