NEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE
In 1995, we started growing a few pumpkins and by 2014, we were busting at the seams with pumpkins, squash, and gourds! Within that time frame, we also produced beef cattle, flowers, hens/eggs, and goats.
Jan and Carl Wilcox's 118-acre farm is located along the the Royal River in New Gloucester.
In 2004, the 200-year-old farmhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
THE PUMPKIN YEARS
1995 - 2014
At our family-owned and operated farm, we grew and sold perhaps the greatest variety of decorative and edible pumpkins, winter squash and gourds in Maine. Nearly 100 varieties!
We grew and sold several heirloom and ornamental pumpkin and squash varieties including giant pumpkins, mini pumpkins, French, Italian and Australian pumpkins, and of course, tons of jack-o-lanterns. Our pie pumpkin varieties include the Long Pie Pumpkin, Winter Luxury Pumpkin and Baby Pam Pumpkin varieties.
In 2015, we made the big decision: No more pumpkins!
The Bantus grew corn, okra, zucchini, cabbage, squash, broccoli, spinach, chard, carrots, collard greens, tomatoes, herbs, beans, onions, potatoes, yams, cucumbers, and a variety of peppers!
After we decided that it was time for us to stop raising pumpkins, we were asked if we were interested in leasing some land to the Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston, Maine. We thought why not?, this could be interesting! We thought it would be a win-win and were excited to have over 35 Bantu families come and farm over nearly 4 acres of land.
Since 2009, we have raised all-natural, hormone-free, grass-fed, rotationally-grazed beef. In 2017, we took a break and Carl thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail!
During the years, we also produced and sold flowers.