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Regarding the Pumpkin Patch 2016

Family and friends- after much thought and prayer, we have decided that Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch will not be open for the fall 2016 season. This was not an easy decision as we have enjoyed sharing the farm with so many friends over the past seven years. It has truly been an honor to watch your little (and not so little) ones grow, play and learn at the patch. Many of you have become like family, and we appreciate the blessings you have been to us.
While the pumpkin patch will not be open, Johnstown Farm will continue its operations dedicated to providing its customers with quality and healthy chicken, eggs, and grass fed and finished beef. If you have not tried our beef or eggs, give us a call (785-227-2656).
We are also dedicated to providing agriculture educational experiences in and out of the classroom. Our certified teachers continue developing our unique curriculum instilling the “what” and “why” of Kansas agriculture. We look forward to visiting classrooms in the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact us for information.
Again, we are so thankful for the loyal customers who have visited us over the years. What a privilege it has been to be a part of your fall family traditions! Blessings to you families

Johnstown Farm, McPherson, KS 2016


Summer Heats Up

We’ve been a bit spoiled with some fairly mild temperatures this summer. Last week and this week, however, we have felt the brunt of Kansas heat. Early this morning, the pumpkin plants looked beautiful-dark green vines, bright yellow blossoms, and busy bees. Grammy went to get her camera before noon, and this is the result.


The blossoms are already closed due to the heat. They close as the plant conserves moisture. These pumpkin plants are pretty reliable temperature gauges! Today they seem to say, “Stay inside if you can. It is too hot for man, beast, and blossom.”

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch- McPherson, Kansas 2015

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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Thank You Farmers


This summer we aren’t harvesting any wheat at Johnstown Farm. However, this is one of my favorite times of the year as a Kansan. I love driving through Kansas and watching all the combines and grain trucks. It makes me want to stand up and applaud all the farmers who are working hard to bring in wheat to feed the world. Here are a few fun facts for any of you agriculture nerds, like me:

Kansas produces enough wheat each year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread and enough to feed everyone in the world, over six billion people, for about 2 weeks.

An acre of Kansas wheat produces enough bread to feed nearly 9,000 people for one day.

A grain elevator in Hutchinson is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins.  

Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World.


Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2015


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Midsummer’s Festival

We were happy to be in Lindsborg, KS celebrating the annual Midsummer’s Festival today. The Midsummer festival is a worldwide Swedish tradition held to welcome the arrival of the summer solstice. I must say, that it certainly felt like summer with the temperature climbing over the one hundred degree mark! However, the temperature could not deter the Swedes from dancing, playing Kubb, lots of Swedish foods, and much more. As I watched girls run with their flower crowns amid the themed Dala horses, I was thankful to be in the heartland of Kansas where small communities offer so many opportunities for families to come together!


Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2015

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Posted by on June 20, 2015 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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Agriculture is…

Second graders from Eisenhower Elementary wrapped up their “In the Class and On the Farm” agriculture education program today. It was a bit muddy, but these agriculture advocates were hard workers and great learners.




Thanks to our Ag Sponsors for helping make this possible: Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kiwanis, Home State Bank, John and Carol Yost, Joe and Donna Pavlovsky, ArtShirt, McPherson County Community Foundation, MidKansas Co-Op, and Tractor Supply.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2014

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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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