Papa John's Pumpkin Farm offers fun at harvest time

This is the best time of year to visit a small farm in Middle Grove, just east of Moberly.

The Papa John TMs Pumpkin Farm has just about every type of pumpkin and gourd you can imagine.

The farm has nothing to do with pizza. It was named after Brenda Churchill TMs grandfather. Brenda and her husband Mark invite school children and families to enjoy Missouri TMs beautiful fall weather on their beautiful farm. Children from Centralia TMs Early Learning Place home daycare and preschool discovered what pumpkins are all about.

Daycare Provider Mindy Ditto said, They went on a pumpkin hunt. They got to pick three gourds and pumpkins. We went on a hayride.

Papa John TMs Pumpkin Farm has more than 30 varieties of pumpkins and gourds dating back to the times of the pilgrims. If pumpkins and gourds aren TMt your thing, you can always check out their unusual animals.

The Churchill TMs have pigs, chickens, a bull and even sheep. Their most popular animal is Rex, a 10-year-old Belgium Draft Horse.

Brenda Churchill said, We teach them all of the different things. I quiz them on this. It TMs a learning experience for them, too. They have a lot of fun. Fresh air is great!

The Papa John Pumpkin Farm will remain open until Thanksgiving, weather permitting.