Macon County Chronicle

Family Fall Fun Awaits at the Brawner Pumpkin Patch

As the Fall season arrives, the colors of autumn slowing immerging before our eyes, so does the anticipation of visiting the Brawner Pumpkin Patch – a seasonal tradition of many Macon County families.

It was 14 years ago that Polly and Dennis Brawner planted their first pumpkin seeds, watching it develop over time into the 5-acre farm it is today.

And while it’s the bright, orange aisles of pumpkins that first catch the eye of their guests, a wide variety of homegrown Fall produce including sweet potatoes, tomatoes, banana peppers and Broom corn, are also a welcomed treat for visitors.

As if that’s not enough to get their customers into the Fall spirit, hand-painted Halloween, and other seasonal accents, scatter the Brawner farm, creating a colorful and fun pumpkin-picking environment for the whole family.

Guests of the Brawner Farm can purchase any of the harvested veggies grown by Polly and Dennis along with hand-painted décor, for inside or outside the home, created by friend and neighbor Becky Thomas.

Keeping their prices low for families on a budget, the most enormous pumpkins of the crop are sold for only $15 and last year, the largest pumpkin tipped the scales at a monstrous 156 lbs.

While Fall is an especially busy season for Polly and Dennis, it’s also their favorite time of the year, and they welcome the opportunity to see the familiar faces of families that have made their farm a seasonal staple over the years.

“We look forward to seeing everyone again each Fall,” Polly said. “We feel very fortunate to be able to do this every year – the children love it, and we enjoy seeing how happy they are when they come to visit.”

The Brawners are also busy hosting field trips each October for pre-school and elementary children and taking their “Pumpkin Wagon” to local elementary schools.

“We give each of the children a pumpkin for $1 and they just get so tickled,” Polly said. “And we get tickled too because we see how happy it makes them. Everyone wants to do something that makes a difference, and I guess this is just our way of doing that. So many families can’t afford to buy expensive pumpkins every year, and some kids get so excited about Halloween.”

The Brawner Pumpkin Patch is located at 1234 Union Camp Rd. in Lafayette and is open daily to all who stop by.

For more information on the Brawner Pumpkin Patch, call Polly and Dennis at 666-2397.