HARDY Ky. – Walkers Pumpkin Patch, with locations in Hardy and Johns Creek, Ky., will be bringing their pumpkins, gourds, homemade apple butter, and other fresh fall favorites to the Williamson Farmers Market this Saturday.
The Williamson Farmers Market is open every Saturday beginning in May and continuing until October. The Market opens at 8 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.
David Walker and his father Donald have been providing favorite fall picks for several years. “We have been doing the pumpkin patch for five or six years. We sell the Indian corn tied up in bundles, we sell gourds, squash and fodder. We make the apple butter and sell it. We sell the fodder. We keep it cut so people don’t have to wait,” David explained.
Those interested in purchasing homemade apple butter this weekend at the Williamson Farmers Market had better arrive early. Walker explained that the apple butter is a popular item and sells out quickly. “We went to the Hatfield and McCoy Heritage days last weekend and we sold everything that we made. Now we are trying to make more apple butter. We have done pretty good this fall,” David said.
One of the reasons for the popularity is the pleasing smell and enjoyment of watching Donald Walker churn the apple butter in the open market setting. “We have been going to the Farmers Market in Pikeville. People come to watch us make apple butter and buy it,” David said.
Walkers Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Some of the various types of pumpkins include fairy tale, field, and white. “We plant a bunch of different stuff and go with what we have,” David Walker explained.
The main issue that the Walkers face is the popularity of their products with the hungry deer population looking for a quick, easy meal amid the bountiful selection offered at the Walker Pumpkin Patch. “We have had some deer issues. They have caused about $600 to $700 worth of damage. They get in here and eat them. We have had to put up an electric fence,” David stated.
Walkers pumpkin patch opens in mid-September and remains open for business until about October 20, 2016. David explained that the location is popular among local church and school groups.
The pumpkin patch in Hardy Ky., is located at 2185 Narrow’s Branch Road. Getting to the pumpkin patch requires traveling a winding country road. Travelers should not be alarmed that they have taken a wrong turn and became lost; the smell of apple butter wafting through the vehicle windows will alert travelers that they have arrived in the correct location.
The Walkers Pumpkin Patch located at Hardy is open most evenings from around 4 p.m. until dusk. “Normal business hours for us start about the time when people get off work,” David explained.
For more information on the Walkers Pumpkin Patch, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Walkersapplebutter.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)