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Great Pumpkin in Tea, South Dakota

 

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Picture/Kristi Heidinger

With the change of summer to fall, harvest season really starts to take off.  But harvest season doesn’t always have to mean acres and acres of corn and beans.  Many families around KIKN country turn their hobby into something for everyone.  Roger and Kristi Heidinger of Tea, South Dakota are proof of that.

It all started 7 years ago when Roger decided to start growing giant pumpkins for local competitions. To date, his largest has been 452 pounds.  That led to the idea of growing high quality pumpkins to make the perfect jack-o-lanterns.

This part-time farmer now rents about 6 acres of land from local farmers.  Most of the land is for perfect pumpkins, but the Heidingers also grow watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn and gourds.

But don’t go looking for a big beautiful showroom to purchase his pumpkins.  The Heidingers have transformed their garage, which is attached to their home in Tea, into their local neighborhood pumpkin patch and stand.  The family home is now also home to over 1,000 pumpkins in various sizes and colors from the traditional orange to cream, blue, white and various shades of green.

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Picture/Kristi Heidinger

And as their harvest continues, that means produce space has moved onto their driveway and into their front yard.  It has become quite the family business, too.  Daughter Karlie and son Jon, also help with everything from signage around town, picking the produce and selling.

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Picture/Kristi Heidinger

For hours, location and to contact the Heidingers about fall field trips, go to their website:Rogerscountryproduce.com.

 

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