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Pumpkin Barn offers 50 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds

John Thompson • Oct 23, 2018 at 9:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Laurels Pumpkin Barn is once again drawing people from near and far for that perfect pumpkin. With thousands of pumpkins artistically displayed, the barn can satisfy persnickety pumpkin purchasers, but if you don’t see your ideal pumpkin on display, there are plenty of undiscovered perfect pumpkins still on the vine in the pumpkin patches just waiting to be discovered.

While the Pumpkin Barn has become well known in the region, it has only been around since 2014. It was created by Keith Hart and his best friends and family on the family farm at 303 Laurels Road in Johnson City. The reason Hart waited so long to start the business was because he devoted 40 years as the extension agent for Carter County.

After decades of telling farmers the best way to make a successful business in agriculture, Hart retired and started providing his expertise to his own dreams. The Pumpkin Barn is the result.

Hart’s dream consisted of more than just raising the best pumpkins the farm could grow. Beyond agriculture, Hart made the Pumpkin Barn an extremely family-friendly, kid-friendly place to pick out that important pumpkin from the very farm where it had grown.

The barn doesn’t just grow pumpkins. It has 60 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, golden straws, fodder, corn stalks, fall decorations and other essentials to fall decoration. As an agricultural expert, Hart began experimenting with exotic varieties of pumpkins from the start of his business, with all of the varieties being grown on his farm.

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