November 30, 2021

Pun’kin Paloosa

Replaces Pumpkin Fest to celebrate the start of fall

Valerie Puma/staff reporter

Cortland County Legislator Cathy Bischoff (D-Cortland) carries a pumpkin she picked from Theresa’s Pumpkin Patch on Route 281 in Homer during a farm tour Saturday. Theresa’s is part of the Villnave Family Farm.

When the Cortland County Pumpkin Fest was canceled for a second year because of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses organized a new event — Pun’kin Paloosa — to invite people and vendors to get out of the house and enjoy fall.

Pun’kin Paloosa is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Anderson’s Farm Market in Homer. Co-owner Jennifer DeHart said she looks forward to providing a safe, enjoyable event.

If you go

  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Where: Anderson’s Farm Market, at 5887 Route 281, Homer.
  • Price: Free admission. Vendors will have crafts, food and more for purchase.

“We felt an event like this needed to happen anyway,” DeHart said. “For crafting vendors, events like this are important to their business. Events keep getting canceled so we wanted to include them and give them an opportunity to make back some of those monies lost.”

Amber Oursler, owner of Artisan Elements in Homer, organized the craft show portion of the event. Twenty artists, crafters, creators and healing practitioners will have tables set up, and a photographer will be available for family fall photos. Food and beverage vendors include Fire Dawgs BBQ food truck, Lulu’s Kettle Corn and Hopshire Farm and Brewery.

“We didn’t expect it to become this big, which is great,” Oursler said. “We really just wanted to put something together for the community as we’re coming out of a pandemic.”

Oursler said she’s most looking forward to highlighting small businesses.

“The past two years have been really hard on a lot of people, so we’re really excited to get our collective artists, healers and crafters out into the community again,” Oursler said. “Everybody is really just looking for something to get out of their house and really do something fun.”

Fresh apples, cider and other fall goodies will be available for purchase at Anderson’s Farm Market bakery. Visitors can pick out their pumpkins from Theresa’s Pumpkin Patch, part of the Villnave Family Farm.

“It’s important to have events like this because people need to be out socializing,” DeHart said. “It gives a sense of community and normalcy, and time to build memories as a family. We have a number of customers that tell us that their parents brought them to the pumpkin patch — it is tradition. Traditions and memories are important.”