Woman Continues Pumpkin Tradition

1 decade 3 years 1 month ago Thursday, October 13 2005 Oct 13, 2005 Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:48:43 PM CDT October 13, 2005 in News

No matter what design kids may want to carve or draw, one Moberly woman, can supply them with all the pumpkins they need.

Twenty year old Trista Churchill is very busy this time of year. She's a pumpkin farmer, and she's made it her business for quite some time.

"About eight years I have been doing this. I like it. I like seeing the kids pick up a pumpkin - which one they like. I like all the smiles," Churchill said.

The family pumpkin path is name Papa John's, after Churchill's great-grandfather.  Churchill grew thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash to sell this year. The bins are overflowing even with the little  rain seen this year.

"There was a big problem with the drought this summer. We had to water everything, luckily we have a deep well," Churchill said.

To beat the heat, Churchill used hoses and sprinklers to keep her gourds green.

Churchill says she sells about fifty varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, including the Cinderella pumpkin. It is originally from England and is said to be the first pumpkin grown in America.

Papa John's also offers hay rides, decorating and day care tours. Churchill is saving the money she makes from her pumpkin sales to go to law school.

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