For quintessential fall fun in Mercer County, visit Stumpkins Pumpkins, located at 1007 Old Oakvale Road in Princeton.
The Osborne family — husband and wife, Tom and Tonya and their children, Wylie and Abbey — have ran Stumpkins Pumpkins, the county’s only pumpkin farm, since 2001.
While the farm on which Stumpkins Pumpkins is set has been in Tonya’s family for generations, opening a pumpkin patch for the public was somewhat accidental.
“We were planting a small patch for ourselves, and we ended up growing over 100 pumpkins,” Tonya said.
With so many more pumpkins than they expected, the Osbornes decided to set up on the side of the road and see if they could sell the excess, and they did.
“We sold them all,” Tonya said.
And so, Stumpkins Pumpkins was born.
Oh, and that name? It’s based on Tonya’s maiden name, “Stump.” It’s also a fun rhyme.
Now, Stumpkins Pumpkins grows about 500 pumpkins each fall, give or take. In addition to the pick-your-own patch, hayrides, children’s activities and some farm animals. A log cabin, made out of a 350-year-old barn, serves as the farm’s hub and has homemade bread, butter, jams and other items for sale. There is also a spot for family photos.
The cost of the pumpkins range depending on size, but all are $10 or less. There is no charge for the other activities on the farm.
“We aren’t very big, but we’re a place where people can come with their families and spend the day together,” Tonya said. “It’s a tradition for us and many others. We are grateful for what we’ve been blessed with, and we do this because we want to show people that you don’t have to go somewhere big and do big things or spend a lot to make good memories.”
Stumpkins Pumpkins is open every weekend in October on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to dark, and Sundays, 1 p.m. to dark.
*Please remember to practice social distancing at all times. Masks are required inside the cabin. Hayrides will be limited this year to accommodate social distancing guidelines and to protect families.
This post was last updated on September 28, 2020