The Robinson family farm moves to a larger, more accessible location

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) – After nearly nine years on Brian Robinson’s family farm, the popular Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch will move to a more accessible location for the fall 2022 season.

The only way to reach the old farmhouse that has been in the family since the 1940s was via a one-way road, which led to major stoppages when hundreds of people flocked to the farmhouse during its weekends. busier in the fall.

“It wasn’t the experience we really wanted for our customers,” Brian explained. “We never dreamed of becoming as big as there.”

With few options to expand the road, the Robinsons opted to purchase new land and start fresh.

“We saw it as an opportunity to provide our customers with an even better experience,” he explained.

The new farm will be at 2651 Bob White Road in Temple, near FM 3117, approximately seven miles from the old farm.

The new location is nearly double the square footage and has a two-way street leading in and out.

“Now we have a separate entrance and exit so no one has to wait.”

With the extra space, they will offer new activities like a beer and wine garden, a zip line, pig races and a flower field.

The annual Easter and Summer Sunflower Festival will be put on hold this year while the family prepares the property for fall.

“When we started 9 years ago with the first one, it was just a cow pasture. And it took us about a year to open to the public. Now here we are again, starting with a cow pasture , and it will take about the same to open it,” explained Helen Robinson.

The Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch events draw tens of thousands of visitors each fall.(Courtesy of Helen Robinson)

In the first few months they rebuilt the general store where customers can buy ice cream and refresh themselves during their visit.

The new location also provides enough space for shade on hot days, which they say their last space lacked.

They emphasize the photo opportunities they say their guests love visiting the farm, so the same photos they’ve collected for years can continue even in the new space.

The upcoming price increases a few dollars, the family says, like everything else, inflation will affect the new farm. Each round of hay will cost them more than in the past, and what they pay for lower back and metal also increases.

“I always encourage people when I can, to sign up for our newsletter, we’re not here to spam you and we’ll alert you to pre-season sales and that’s where you can save your money, you won’t even know our prices have gone up if you take advantage of it,” Helen explained.

Brian is back and will be working on the renovation himself with Helen and another employee. He has come a long way after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in 2019 and temporarily paralyzed. He has learned to walk again and says he feels fine.

“I have help here when I need it, and when there are things I’m able to do on my own, I’m absolutely going to do them,” Brian said.

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