Polter’s Berry Farm grows about 200 acres of wholesale pumpkins each year. 100% of our pumpkins are sold wholesale to customers all over the eastern United States. We specialize in serving farm markets, fall festivals, agri-tainment farms, and garden centers. We carry a full line of fall items in addition to pumpkins that can complete your display.
We plant several different varieties including Zeus, Kratos, Cronus, Olympus, Adonis, and Field Trip. Our pumpkins range in size from 3-6 lbs for pie pumpkins to 15-45 lbs for Jack O’ lanterns. We also offer white pumpkins(Blanco), Heirloom mix, various fall items including gourds, mini pumpkins, Indian corn, corn stalks.
Cronus- Our largest Jack O’Lantern, known for its impressive long dark handle. (22-35lbs)
Kratos- Our most widely planted Jack O’lantern has very uniform shape and a stem that is hard to break. 18-25lbs
Zeus- Medium size pumpkin with beautiful color and stems 14-20 lbs
Mini Pumpkins -(also known as Jack Be Littles) We plant the Gold Speck variety.
Heirloom Mix- We plant several heirloom, Cinderella stacking types that are mixed in the bin.
Fireball – a 6-7 lb decorative pumpkin with a nice handle
Gourd Mix- Autumn Wings and Galaxy of Stars are mixed. We can pack these in 1 1/9th Bu boxes or 36″ bins.
Lil Pumpkemon- These are about 1.5 lbs
Warty Gnome (4-6 lbs)
HM Clause Experiment Variety -This one is in our trial field. We won’t have many to sell of this one.
Blanco , A really nice white pumpkin, 6-9 lbs Holds its white color well
Warty Goblin – A warty Jack O’Lantern with green warts 12-20 lbs
Field Trip- Our main Pie Pumpkin, some still refer to these as sugar pumpkins. This one has a long handle and usually weighs 4-6 lbs.
We plant our pumpkins into cereal rye which was planted the previous fall. The rye is rolled down immediately ahead of the planter giving the pumpkins a carpet of rye to lie on instead of dirt. This no-till system allows us to produce pumpkins as clean as can be. We also follow an intensive spray program to assure our customers of a product that is disease free.
This is our planter with a roller on the front that we built ourselves. We plant when the rye is just starting to pollinate and follow it with herbicide.
Weekly sprays start around the end of July to control fungal, bacterial and insect pathogens.
Our 40 man harvest team is split into 3 crews. The first crew cuts the stems, then a second crew lines the pumpkins with the assistance of a conveyor and finally the loading crew packs them into bins.
We pack our pumpkins in 36″ tall high graphic cardboard bins. The bottom bins are level full with the top bin crowned as tall as possible. A typical bin contains 30 -40 pumpkins each weighing 20-30 lbs. A bin of pie pumpkins contains around 200 pumpkins each weighing 4-6 lbs.
We have shipped pumpkins all over the eastern United States. Your order must be at least one 53′ trailer load for out of state delivery. Smaller loads can be arranged for instate delivery. A trailer load usually contains 50-56 bins or approximately 2000 average sized pumpkins. Most loads usually run about $6000 plus freight. Our shipping season starts September 7 and winds up just before Halloween.
You can place your order any time by calling Steve Polter at 419-552-0014 (cell)