Cumberland Valley Vacation Getaway Giveaway

We are so excited about participating in the Cumberland Valley Vacation Getaway Giveaway! You can win a $50 gift certificate to spend in our shop, plus a 3 night getaway that includes lots of other great prizes and treasures of the Valley including brews, fare, chocolates, artisan crafts and jewelry.

Here is a list of the great prizes!

Sign up to win HERE.

Also, be sure to visit Cumberland Valley PA on Facebook.


Summer Painting Classes at Meadowbrooke Gourds

Summer is almost here and that means new painting classes have been added for June & July!

Join us at the Meadowbrooke Gourds Retail Store for fun classes taught by local artist Wendy Young.  No experience is necessary!

Saturday, June 22nd: Uncle Sam Birdhouse Gourd

Saturday, July 20th: Melony Crow Birdhouse Gourd

Info about Painting Classes:

Cost is $40.00 and limited to 16 people

Note: Classes will last until approximately 3pm so you are welcome to bring lunch with you.

Registration Info:

Register by calling us at (717) 776-6029 x 102 or email Classes fill up fast, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Prepayment is required. Should you need to cancel, you must notify us 3 days prior to the class or there will be no refund.

May Faire Re-Cap & New Retail Store Photos

We had a such a wonderful day for our May Faire, held on May 4th! Here are a few photos of the festivities as well as a couple great shots of our brand new Retail Store! We have heard great responses to the changes so far and we’d love to hear what you think as well!

A few of our talented customer’s creations drying at the Paint-Your-Own tent

Birdhouse Gourds ready to be painted!

Paint Station

Beautiful Day for May Faire!

Retail Store Display

New sitting area in our Retail Store

Retail Store Entrance

Meadowbrooke Gourds Company Vacation 2013

This Spring, the Meadowbrooke Gourds team held our company trip to Savannah GA!  (Every year we go on a company vacation together, no really, we all go together, and this is where we dream about the future and what part each of us would like to play.)

Here are a few pictures from one of our meetings while on the trip!

 We stayed in two beautiful houses in the historic district of Savannah and although the weather has been chilly,  we have not had any snow like the late March snow in Carlisle!   We had three days of meetings going over our new strategies for this year and also coming up with a one year plan (where we would like to be in one year) and a 5 year plan (where we would like to see ourselves in 5 years).  The large pieces of paper taped to the glass in the room detail these plans and insights of where we want to go as a company and how to better serve our customers.  Many of you have asked us about our company trip, so we wanted to show some of the action! :)

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets

Something new for Mother’s Day! We have put together a few Gourd gift baskets to make your gift giving easy and show Mom how much you care. They are available now in our Retail Store! Prices range from $25.00 – $30.00. We have a coffee lover’s basket, a patriot Mom’s basket, Honey basket, Lavender Basket and others. Here are just a few:

Time To Order Your Gourd Seeds

Growing gourds can be a very exciting and interesting adventure!

Start your gourds inside by planting up to but no more than 2 seeds in a 3″ container or pot.  When you are finished potting your seeds-THOROUGHLY soak with water until it flows out the bottom of the pot.  After the initial watering, water like you would a normal house plant.  Soil for gourd seedlings can be on the dry side but do not let it dry out completely.  Keep seedlings in sun.  The more sun they receive, the stronger the plant you will have.  If they receive less light, you may have thin, less hearty plants.  You do not need to fertilize seedlings while they are still inside.  Then around June 1st or AFTER THE THREAT OF FROST (this is very important, frost will kill your plants), plant outside in full sun.

Gourd vines will take over fences, trelises, and other plants if left alone.

Click here to order your seeds!

Crazy Contraption In The Gourd Fields

Today we’re sharing a little behind the scenes action in our gourd fields! These pictures show trial runs of a gourd sorter designed to help us sort our small gourds. This is somewhere around the tenth model we’ve built in the last twenty years. Most models never make it to field trials, since they end up being an idea that just didn’t work.

This particular model has doubled our sorting speed without compromising accuracy. It does show some flaws with getting the gourds out of the hoppers, however, so model number eleven might replace this one in about a week. Although this is a huge step in the right direction, we bet we can build a better one. Once we get the design flaws fixed we will have a much larger metal unit built for us.


Spring Is Here – Time To Harvest

The sky is blue and the ground is dry. Although it might not feel like Spring weather just yet, it is time to harvest our dried gourds!  This is always an exciting time since we have been growing and drying this crop for ten months. At this point, we are able to find out just how good of a crop we have. Our production team has been anxious all winter for this crop to be ready. This should keep them quiet until next winter. :)

Spring is here!

Happy Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring, everyone!  We just love this time of year. With Easter just around the corner, here are a few of our favorite Easter gourds:

Shop all of our Spring & Easter decor here.

Easter Candy Dish (Abby)

Easter Eggs & Carrots

Chicks and Ducks

First Open House In Our New Retail Store – Spring Fest!

Spring Fest is underway and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We are so excited to hear our customer’s responses to our brand new Retail Store. Come out and see us Friday – Sunday, March 15- 17th 10:00am –4:00pm for all the fun! Here are some photos taken earlier this morning:

25% OFF Sale in Retail Store this weekend only!
To thank you for visiting during our open house events, all regular Meadowbrooke Gourds will be 25% OFF in our Retail Store this weekend only. * Sale excludes raw gourds, Local Artists, food and crafting supplies

The Create Your Own Station is all set up and ready for customers to make their gourd creations!

Create Your Own Bunny & Paint Your Own Birdhouse, Easter Baskets & Easter Eggs.
Workshop Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Information about the Create Your Own Workshop:

Paint –your-own Birdhouse, Easter Basket and Easter Eggs
Come out anytime during our store hours to paint your own design on a gourd birdhouse, basket and eggs.  Cost ranges from $1.00-$12.00 and includes the gourds, paints and other supplies.  All you need is your creativity!  This fun activity is perfect for all ages, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  (No reservations needed.)

Create-your-own Bunny
Create your own personally designed gourd bunny anytime during our store hours.  There will be four sizes of gourds to choose from.  We will provide supplies such as ribbons, paints, and a crafter to cut or wood burn your design.  The fee is $7.00-$31.00 depending on the size of gourd you choose. Guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. (No reservations are needed.)

Click here for more information about our 2013 Spring Fest!