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Pumpkin Farm in Floydada starts harvest leading up to Dallas fall festival


As the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's annual fall festival is approaching next month, a pumpkin farm in Floydada is garnering the interest of many at this time of year. 

Floydada is the home of what many people call the "Pumpkin Capital of Texas." It is also the home to Pumpkin Pyle Farms. A place where Dave Forehand, the vice president of gardens at the Dallas Arboretum, said is the backbone of pumpkin production for the festival each year. 

"Our supplier is Pumpkin Pyle, we are in their warehouse right now and they've been supplying the pumpkins for our fall festival for many, many years. We're going to have over 90,000 pumpkins displayed at the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas. When we open up this festival, we'll build houses out of pumpkins, we'll be lining pathways, all sorts of decorative things. I'm told there will be over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds that will come here from the farm," Forehand said. 

Forehand said their cooperative partnership with Pumpkin Pyle is pillared on trust. 

"Almost 95 percent of our pumpkins, squash and gourds come here from the Pyle family and the Pumpkin Pyle Company. They're a great supplier. They've been very reliable. No matter what, they seem to be able to really come through, whatever the weather might be, which can be very different every year out here in West Texas. but we can always count on them to grow these out for us every year," Forehand said. 

Lindsey Pyle, a partner at the farm, reaffirmed this sentiment, as she said the company is grateful for its connection with the arboretum. 

"We just have a great working relationship. We've been together for at least eight years and I think both the arboretum and Pumpkin Pyle have grown, and we've grown together over those eight years," Pyle said.

Another partner, Kember Rainwater, said the farm's tight-knit working environment is what makes the business like a family operation. 

"I think that's the whole reason why it's successful because if you call up here, you're going to talk to one of the owners. Or if you show up here, it's going to be one of us here," Rainwater said.

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