Curious about our pumpkin patch or roadside stand? You've come to the right place!
Whether you're hunting for that perfect doorstep pumpkin or for a carving challenge with lots of character, there's a good chance we have what you're looking for at our roadside stand! We offer seventeen different pumpkin varieties, ranging from giant white Polar Bears to petite orange Munchkins, so take your pick!
In 2015, we introduced a brand new selection of specialty pumpkins. These eye-catching pumpkins come in fun shades of yellow, pink, red, and grey, and often exhibit warts and other fun features.
While pumpkins may be our most prominent product, we also carry a wide selection of squash, gourds, baskets, ornamental corn, and straw bales.
We grow four types of winter squash: butternut, spaghetti, buttercup, and acorn (pictured above).
Miniature gourds are popular with young and old alike. Hearty and versatile, they add bursts of color to indoor and outdoor decorating schemes without suffering from either hot or cold temperatures.
You may refer to it as Indian or squaw corn instead of ornamental corn, but regardless of what name you use, you'll find plenty of these colorful ears at the Swift farm! We grow a miniature painted version in addition to the regular sized corn (pictured below).
Where is your stand located?
Our roadside stand is located at our farm 3 miles north and 1/2 mile west of Lucas, SD on the Lucas Road.
If you're travelling from the east on SD 44, turn south onto County Highway 1806 about 3 miles west of the Platte-Winner bridge. In 3 1/2 miles, turn right onto the Lucas Road and continue another 1 1/2 miles.
When is the stand open?
Throughout September and October, the self-service stand is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. If you're not satisfied with the selection or need assistance, stop by our house or call (605) 775-2947.
Where do I pay?
A secure deposit box is attached inside the trailer for your convenience. We accept either cash or checks payable to Swift Family Enterprises. Also, feel free to drop us a note with your comments and/or suggestions!
Can I pick at the patch?
We generally welcome any individual, family, or group who wishes to pick their own produce from the vine at other times. If the plants haven't yet been killed by frost, however, we may encourage you to delay your visit temporarily to reduce damage to the patch.
Please schedule an appointment first by calling us, by emailing us at email@example.com, or by messaging us on our Swift Family Enterprises Facebook page.
When do you sell pumpkin bread?
Baked with pumpkins picked from our own field, our pumpkin bread is a local favorite! You can typically find fresh loaves at the stand every Saturday throughout the selling season. Supplies are limited, though, so if you want to ensure you get enough for breakfast or for the freezer, call ahead. For larger orders, let us know how many regular and/or mini loaves you'd like on a particular date and we'll gladly schedule a special baking session.
What pumpkins should I use for baking?
If you prefer homemade pumpkin puree to canned store brands in your breads and desserts, you can safely and successfully bake any of the pumpkins we offer. None of our seeds are genetically modified or treated, and though we occasionally spray the plants with insecticide to minimize bug damage, we do so as infrequently as possible.
The Orange Smoothie (pictured below) - a medium-sized fruit with smooth skin, as its name implies - is a registered pie pumpkin with particularly dense flesh, giving it superior baking qualities.
Where do you get your baskets?
We purchase all of our quality wooden baskets from the Texas Basket Company. Manufactured right here in the United States, these sturdy baskets are available in bushel, half bushel, shallow half bushel, and peck sizes to showcase all of your fall produce.