Big Pumpkins, Little Pumpkins and Lots of Gourds – Burt’s Farm

heading to north Georgia... mountains and forests ahead!

October 2, 2014
It was going to be another muggy, hot day in Atlanta so we decided to drive north to the mountains and the woods. We were heading towards the Chattahoochee National Forest and Hwy 52 which borders the NF, and runs through farm and apple country. But today, we were first stopping by Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Ga.

Burt's Pumpkin Farm - Dawsonville, Ga

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – Dawsonville, Ga


It is very early in the season and a weekday, and the crowds were nowhere in sight as we made our way inside and past the bakery goods counter (think all things pumpkin). I will stop there on the way out. 😉
on the counter there is pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and Burt's pumpkin roll (among other goodies)

on the counter there is pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and Burt’s pumpkin roll (among other goodies)


I love going to Burt’s to see all of the different kinds and sizes of pumpkins laid out…
taken last year at Burt's...

taken last year at Burt’s…


They expanded their store this year and I saw a lot of nice Halloween decor…
Halloween decor and very large pumpkins for sale - and wheelbarrows to tote them

Halloween decor and very large pumpkins for sale – and wheelbarrows to tote them


John and I posed near the great big pumpkins…

I spent a lot of time looking at all the different kinds of gourds and squash and pumpkins…

We paid for all my mini pumpkins and gourds, along with two small pieces of pumpkin roll and a loaf of pumpkin bread, and headed to the woods for a picnic.
I posed with Smokey Bear on the way to the truck.

I posed with Smokey Bear on the way to the truck.


By now it was really late for lunch, 2:00 pm, so we just pulled over on FS 28-2 and ate by the tailgate.

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and I saw a couple nice ferns while eating…


On the drive home, I saw some nice kudzu and wanted to give our daughter Susie a little taste of Georgia….

and I saw a lot of nice barns but this is the only one that’s almost in focus, as Big Red was moving along a back road at a good clip when I took it.
barn on side road

barn on side road


We made it home in time for dinner and vowed to get out again to the woods real soon.

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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6 Responses to Big Pumpkins, Little Pumpkins and Lots of Gourds – Burt’s Farm

  1. Love all those pumpkins! And your barn picture turned out great!

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  2. placestheygo says:

    Isn’t it nice to drive a little distance and forget there was ever a big city. What a cool farm! That is an amazing selection of gourds and squash. I love winter squash. Pumpkin bread is my favorite pumpkin treat…yum!! Tailgate lunch sounds perfect. Great fall day:)

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    • Holly Ritger says:

      I love field trips from home… There are a lot of neat places for day trips from here, with less than 2 hours driving. But, the only direction to escape the heat in the city is north!

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  3. tybeegal says:

    What, no big pumpkin to take home? Sounds like a great outing. I haven’t seen any pumpkin farms out here in New Mexico. Hmmmm, I guess they don’t grow in deserts. 🙂

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    • Holly Ritger says:

      But, Sherry, I bet they sell them at Walmart and grocery stores! It’s funny but John asked me the same thing… I was so focused on checking out the gourds and mini-pumpkins that I never thought about getting a big one. And, it certainly wouldn’t be as big as those in the photos of John and me with the pumpkins! But, dang, I never thought of getting one for the front deck 🙂

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