The pumpkins will come out next month, said co-owner Luca Gianturco. “We get all kinds of pumpkins — some orange but all different colors: red, black, white,” he said.
Other popular plants and produce sold in the fall include mums, pansies, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, lettuce, beets, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower.
“Fall is the best time of the year to plant,” Gianturco said. Starting in October, Scottsdale Farms will offer hay rides on the weekends with face painting for children.
Co-owner Kathy Gianturco said the planning to get the farm looking festive for the fall essentially started last year.
“I order everything a year in advance,” she said. “It comes in July.” Besides garden items, Scottsdale Farms sells home décor items and women’s accessories. The Gianturco family also operates Bella Luna Café on the property. “In the fall, everybody starts moving toward the interior,” Kathy Gianturco said. “We sell everything from lamps, mirrors [and] ladies accessories like jewelry, purses and scarves. We [sell] fall wreaths.”
Staff members put out the Halloween displays Aug. 1, and the Thanksgiving décor will go out in a few weeks, she said. There are also several special events planned for the fall. Activities for children include story time in the pumpkin patch and making fun fall snacks, said Nancy Trivett, event organizer. She said adult events include a fabric show with interior designer Holly Hill, a cooking demonstration and tasting with chef Michael Bologna of Vingenzos in Woodstock, a tea-room luncheon and hay ride, a class on how to grow mushrooms, a craft project of creating a container decorated for the fall and a cooking class on how to make an easy pumpkin pie and a fresh salad with a fall twist.