CHESTER — One local farmer is preparing for Autumn and continuing his family tradition by harvesting pumpkins this fall.
Jordan Farms is a small locally-owned farm located in Chester, Maine. Gregg Jordan has worked on this family-owned farm for years and said his family has encouraged him to keep the tradition of farming going.
“The farm itself was already here. My grandfather bought it when he was 15 years old. He is 90 now and my wife and I bought the adjacent farm probably about 12 years ago,” he said.
Jordan said he has combined both of the farms together and this has now provided him with about 200 acres of farm land. Jordan recalls memories from when he was a kid. He said his mother knew he would always be the entrepreneur of the family.
“My mother always likes to tell this story. The first time they started planting pumpkins for us, my sister kept hers to carve and I sold mine,” said Jordan.
Sept. and early Oct. is the peak time of year for the fall pumpkin harvest. Both Gregg Jordan and his wife are busy in the fields, looking for all different types of pumpkins. According to Jordan, some of his favorites pumpkins to snip include the classic Cinderella pumpkin.
“We snip them as a family and we have a lot of friends and family that show up on weekends this time of year. These friends and family show up and do a snipping. Everyone likes picking pumpkins,” he said.
Snipping is the process of cutting the pumpkin stems from the ground when they are ready for harvest. Once the pumpkins are snipped, then they are then shipped. After taking the journey from Chester to Bangor, the pumpkins have finally arrived to Sprague’s Nursery where they are ready to be displayed and sold.
“So now the pumpkins have arrived at Sprague’s in Bangor,” said Jordan.
Melissa Higgins works at Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor and has been buying pumpkins from Jordan Farms for years now. She said Sprague’s is featuring all different types of pumpkins this season and this years inspiration are fall pumpkins in Martha Stewart’s magazines.
“We started buying primary novelty pumpkins first from him because he grows such a big selection of different types of pumpkins. He has been so consistent, so we are pretty much just getting everything from him now,” said Higgins.
Even though eclectic pumpkins are popular this year, the classic orange pumpkins are usually the best sellers. Melissa Higgins reminds us to be thankful for the people in our community this fall, especially for our neighbors.
“It’s fall so it’s a great time to be thankful and for your neighbor and share the love of the community,” said Higgins.