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Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch

Shelli Mader
Hays, Kan.

Pumpkin Patch

Though it’s not uncommon to see scarecrows in decorative fall displays, it’s rare to see them playing baseball, teaching school and washing clothes.

Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch, in central Kansas near the town of Dorrance, is home to over 100 scarecrows. Patch owner, Tonya Buehler, hand makes each and every one of them.

“When I started the pumpkin patch I taught myself to make a scarecrow and it just grew from there,” she said. “I make them all year round. I am constantly adding new ones to the patch, retiring old ones and fixing others damaged by the weather.”

Buehler opened the patch 12 years ago – the year after her 90-year-old grandmother Sara Mae Herber (Granny Mae) passed away.

“Granny Mae was an avid gardener and taught me how to do it,” Buehler said. “We were in the garden together a lot. Even when Granny was in her 80s she worked in the garden – she just always carried a lawn chair around with her so she could sit down when she got tired.”

Buehler built her pumpkin patch on the land Granny Mae and her husband purchased to raise their family on back in 1942.

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“After Granny passed away I thought that building a pumpkin patch there would be the best way to honor her memory,” Buehler said.

In addition to making scarecrows, Buehler and her family hand plant and hand maintain over 4,000 pumpkin plants each year. They grow over 100 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds in five separate patches.

“We never use herbicides on our plants,” she said. “Because of this, every stage from the picking to the pies is safer and healthier for your family.”

In addition to the handmade scarecrows all over the pumpkin patch, one of the most unique things about Granny Mae’s is Scarecrow Meadow. Visitors can ride a handicap accessible trolley (aka tractor and covered trailer with seats) to see dozens of scarecrows working and playing .Live music entertains guests on the short ride to the tree-filled meadow.

The bonfires are also popular at the patch. Visitors can get smore’s and roasting sticks to use at the fire or sit and enjoy pumpkin ice cream, hand-dipped caramel apples, cider, cocoa or other fall treats.

Granny Mae’s patch also has an old time candy story, gift shop, haunted forest, barrel train ride, corn maze with scavenger hunt, and kid’s straw bale scavenger hunt.

“Parking and entrance into the pumpkin patch doesn’t cost a thing,” Buehler said. “I know my granny would have never wanted to charge people to just come, sit by the bonfire and look around.”

The patch does charge for onsite food, drinks, crafts, pumpkins and gourds. Activities cost between $1.50 and $4.25 each.

For more information about Granny Mae’s, please call (785) 4843-9667.

If you do stop by, make sure and look for Granny Mae’s chair.

“I always keep one empty lawn chair in the patch someone, in remembrance of Granny,” Buehler said.

Though it’s not uncommon to see scarecrows in decorative fall displays, it’s rare to see them playing baseball, teaching school and washing clothes.

Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch, in central Kansas near the town of Dorrance, is home to over 100 scarecrows. Patch owner, Tonya Buehler, hand makes each and every one of them.

“When I started the pumpkin patch I taught myself to make a scarecrow and it just grew from there,” she said. “I make them all year round. I am constantly adding new ones to the patch, retiring old ones and fixing others damaged by the weather.”

Buehler opened the patch 12 years ago – the year after her 90-year-old grandmother Sara Mae Herber (Granny Mae) passed away.

“Granny Mae was an avid gardener and taught me how to do it,” Buehler said. “We were in the garden together a lot. Even when Granny was in her 80s she worked in the garden – she just always carried a lawn chair around with her so she could sit down when she got tired.”

Buehler built her pumpkin patch on the land Granny Mae and her husband purchased to raise their family on back in 1942.

“After Granny passed away I thought that building a pumpkin patch there would be the best way to honor her memory,” Buehler said.

In addition to making scarecrows, Buehler and her family hand plant and hand maintain over 4,000 pumpkin plants each year. They grow over 100 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds in five separate patches.

“We never use herbicides on our plants,” she said. “Because of this, every stage from the picking to the pies is safer and healthier for your family.”

In addition to the handmade scarecrows all over the pumpkin patch, one of the most unique things about Granny Mae’s is Scarecrow Meadow. Visitors can ride a handicap accessible trolley (aka tractor and covered trailer with seats) to see dozens of scarecrows working and playing .Live music entertains guests on the short ride to the tree-filled meadow.

The bonfires are also popular at the patch. Visitors can get smore’s and roasting sticks to use at the fire or sit and enjoy pumpkin ice cream, hand-dipped caramel apples, cider, cocoa or other fall treats.

Granny Mae’s patch also has an old time candy story, gift shop, haunted forest, barrel train ride, corn maze with scavenger hunt, and kid’s straw bale scavenger hunt.

“Parking and entrance into the pumpkin patch doesn’t cost a thing,” Buehler said. “I know my granny would have never wanted to charge people to just come, sit by the bonfire and look around.”

The patch does charge for onsite food, drinks, crafts, pumpkins and gourds. Activities cost between $1.50 and $4.25 each.

For more information about Granny Mae’s, please call (785) 4843-9667.

If you do stop by, make sure and look for Granny Mae’s chair.

“I always keep one empty lawn chair in the patch someone, in remembrance of Granny,” Buehler said.

Though it’s not uncommon to see scarecrows in decorative fall displays, it’s rare to see them playing baseball, teaching school and washing clothes.

Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch, in central Kansas near the town of Dorrance, is home to over 100 scarecrows. Patch owner, Tonya Buehler, hand makes each and every one of them.

“When I started the pumpkin patch I taught myself to make a scarecrow and it just grew from there,” she said. “I make them all year round. I am constantly adding new ones to the patch, retiring old ones and fixing others damaged by the weather.”

Buehler opened the patch 12 years ago – the year after her 90-year-old grandmother Sara Mae Herber (Granny Mae) passed away.

“Granny Mae was an avid gardener and taught me how to do it,” Buehler said. “We were in the garden together a lot. Even when Granny was in her 80s she worked in the garden – she just always carried a lawn chair around with her so she could sit down when she got tired.”

Buehler built her pumpkin patch on the land Granny Mae and her husband purchased to raise their family on back in 1942.

“After Granny passed away I thought that building a pumpkin patch there would be the best way to honor her memory,” Buehler said.

In addition to making scarecrows, Buehler and her family hand plant and hand maintain over 4,000 pumpkin plants each year. They grow over 100 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds in five separate patches.

“We never use herbicides on our plants,” she said. “Because of this, every stage from the picking to the pies is safer and healthier for your family.”

In addition to the handmade scarecrows all over the pumpkin patch, one of the most unique things about Granny Mae’s is Scarecrow Meadow. Visitors can ride a handicap accessible trolley (aka tractor and covered trailer with seats) to see dozens of scarecrows working and playing .Live music entertains guests on the short ride to the tree-filled meadow.

The bonfires are also popular at the patch. Visitors can get smore’s and roasting sticks to use at the fire or sit and enjoy pumpkin ice cream, hand-dipped caramel apples, cider, cocoa or other fall treats.

Granny Mae’s patch also has an old time candy story, gift shop, haunted forest, barrel train ride, corn maze with scavenger hunt, and kid’s straw bale scavenger hunt.

“Parking and entrance into the pumpkin patch doesn’t cost a thing,” Buehler said. “I know my granny would have never wanted to charge people to just come, sit by the bonfire and look around.”

The patch does charge for onsite food, drinks, crafts, pumpkins and gourds. Activities cost between $1.50 and $4.25 each.

For more information about Granny Mae’s, please call (785) 4843-9667.

If you do stop by, make sure and look for Granny Mae’s chair.

“I always keep one empty lawn chair in the patch someone, in remembrance of Granny,” Buehler said.

Though it’s not uncommon to see scarecrows in decorative fall displays, it’s rare to see them playing baseball, teaching school and washing clothes.

Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch, in central Kansas near the town of Dorrance, is home to over 100 scarecrows. Patch owner, Tonya Buehler, hand makes each and every one of them.

“When I started the pumpkin patch I taught myself to make a scarecrow and it just grew from there,” she said. “I make them all year round. I am constantly adding new ones to the patch, retiring old ones and fixing others damaged by the weather.”

Buehler opened the patch 12 years ago – the year after her 90-year-old grandmother Sara Mae Herber (Granny Mae) passed away.

“Granny Mae was an avid gardener and taught me how to do it,” Buehler said. “We were in the garden together a lot. Even when Granny was in her 80s she worked in the garden – she just always carried a lawn chair around with her so she could sit down when she got tired.”

Buehler built her pumpkin patch on the land Granny Mae and her husband purchased to raise their family on back in 1942.

“After Granny passed away I thought that building a pumpkin patch there would be the best way to honor her memory,” Buehler said.

In addition to making scarecrows, Buehler and her family hand plant and hand maintain over 4,000 pumpkin plants each year. They grow over 100 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds in five separate patches.

“We never use herbicides on our plants,” she said. “Because of this, every stage from the picking to the pies is safer and healthier for your family.”

In addition to the handmade scarecrows all over the pumpkin patch, one of the most unique things about Granny Mae’s is Scarecrow Meadow. Visitors can ride a handicap accessible trolley (aka tractor and covered trailer with seats) to see dozens of scarecrows working and playing .Live music entertains guests on the short ride to the tree-filled meadow.

The bonfires are also popular at the patch. Visitors can get smore’s and roasting sticks to use at the fire or sit and enjoy pumpkin ice cream, hand-dipped caramel apples, cider, cocoa or other fall treats.

Granny Mae’s patch also has an old time candy story, gift shop, haunted forest, barrel train ride, corn maze with scavenger hunt, and kid’s straw bale scavenger hunt.

“Parking and entrance into the pumpkin patch doesn’t cost a thing,” Buehler said. “I know my granny would have never wanted to charge people to just come, sit by the bonfire and look around.”

The patch does charge for onsite food, drinks, crafts, pumpkins and gourds. Activities cost between $1.50 and $4.25 each.

For more information about Granny Mae’s, please call (785) 4843-9667.

If you do stop by, make sure and look for Granny Mae’s chair.

“I always keep one empty lawn chair in the patch someone, in remembrance of Granny,” Buehler said.