They are the traditional symbols of fall. Put them with a few orange and red oak leaves, a cornucopia and a little bit of hay and you’ve got a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. They are pumpkins. Many people in South Louisiana don’t just display a carved pumpkin for Halloween, the big orange orbs are used on porches and in living rooms for weeks before and many weeks after the trick-or-treater’s have come and gone. So where is the best place to get your pumpkins for Halloween or Fall decorating? We have our own favorite places and for very unique reasons.

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    The Church of the Covenant Methodist Church

    300 East Martial In Lafayette

    Pastor Chris Blanchard has been a great friend to 97.3 The Dawg for many years. He is one of the driving forces behind our annual “Helping Hands for the Holidays” outreach program. Pastor Chris’ church does so much more than sell pumpkins. They take the idea of a harvest festival and old time pumpkin patch and turn it into a month long celebration of traditional family fun. The Pumpkin Patch at Church of the Covenant not only features a great selection of pumpkins to buy, but you can also treat the family to a hayride. The kids will enjoy the face painting and fun jumps too. Bring your appetite because delicious homemade baked goods are for sale and so are many handmade craft items too. The pumpkin patch runs weekends during the month of October. We anticipate a more detailed schedule of events to be released around mid-September so please check back for the latest information.

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    The Fruit Stand

    Corner of Highway 31 and Highway 94 in Breaux Bridge Louisiana

    You could tell your friends and family that you are going to The Fruit Stand in Breaux Bridge to get your pumpkin and that would be a true statement. But pumpkins and fresh local produce are just a part of what makes getting your perfect pumpkin at the Fruit Stand so much fun. Imagine just about every kind of fresh vegetable you could ever want in one location. Now add in a boiled crawfish in season, fresh cooked crackling, boudin and other South Louisiana favorites and you’re beginning to get the idea of the Fruit Stand. They also feature a wide assortment of candied nuts and delicious coffees too. Now they do have pumpkins and they have them in all shapes and sizes too. The Fruit Stand expects the best selection of pumpkins to begin arriving mid September so check back for more specific information and other special events that will make your pumpkin shopping even more fun at the Fruit Stand in Breaux Bridge.

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    Acadiana and Teche Area Farmers Markets

    Lafayette and New Iberia

    There is nothing like local, home grown goodness to really bring out the flavor and color of fall. Here at 97.3 The Dawg we love to support our local growers whenever we can and granted there aren’t too many pumpkin farmers in South Louisiana, there are some and many of them sell their wares at the Farmers Market. The Acadiana Farmers Market operates on Saturday Mornings from 5 am until noon through Mid-October. The market is located at the corner of Dulles Drive and Foreman Drive. The Teche Area Farmers Market operates on Saturday’s as well from 6am until about Noon. This market is located in Bouligny Plaza in the heart of New Iberia. Both of these markets feature a wide variety local produce in addition to the fall favorite pumpkins. In addition to fresh pumpkins for Halloween carving and fall decorating you can also find roasted pumpkin seeds and great things to snack on. If you’re looking to support local growers and you want a great pumpkin look no further than your local farmers markets in Lafayette and New Iberia.

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    Rouses Super Markets

    Lafayette and Youngsville

    Rouses is Louisiana’s grocery store. This is a company dedicated to buying and selling Louisiana grown and made products whenever possible. So when it comes to pumpkins Rouses with a location on Bertrand Drive in Lafayette and Chemin Metarie in Youngsville just might be that one stop you need to make. Rouses not only hand selects pumpkins in a wide range of sizes; they also have all of the other items you need to make a great fall display. You can find a great selection of spices and recipes incase you buy your pumpkins to cook and not just look. The people our Rouses literally ooze hometown friendliness and they will even help you carry that great big pumpkin out to your car. Our friends at Rouses say they anticipate a great crop of pumpkins this year and you should start to see them in the store early in September. So check back to this site often for the latest information on selection and savings

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    The Original Kevin Guidry Produce

    Moss Street Lafayette

    Many fans of fresh veggies and hometown service know the name Kevin Guidry. The original Kevin Guidry Produce and Farmers Market on Moss Street has long been a staple for those that live in Upper Lafayette for years. When it comes to pumpkins you should be coming to Kevin Guidry Produce. This company personally selects from most well known growers through out the area and the country to bring pumpkins of great size and perfect color to market. You might also find a wide selection of other decorative gourds and squash and round out your fall decorating ideas too. There is also a Guidry Produce location in Arnauldville. Both locations offer hometown know how and a great selection. We anticipate the first pumpkins to be arriving in early September so check back with this site for more detailed information and special happenings at Guidrys Produce.