Welcome to Hawk Valley Garden's website which is IowaPumpkins.com.
We are a family operated roadside pumpkin stand that opens each fall the Saturday after Labor Day located 4 miles east of Spencer, Iowa on Highway 18.
The 2018 pumpkin season is our 16th year of selling pumpkins and will begin on Saturday, September 9.
We have longer hours that we are open for the Clay County Fair and after that we are open weekends and weeknights except for Mondays which we are closed.
We want to thank all our great customers for coming each year and buying our pumpkins and hope this season you will stop by our beautiful farm.
Pepin Squash, Futsu Pumpkins and White Patty Pans
Good day of picking
From my dad's garden...so lovely
This is a rogue as we call them. It's a Cinderella mixed with another pumpkin (not sure what) Thought they were pretty awesome
Big White Polar Bear Pumpkins
Cupola full of Pie Pumpkins
Welcome to Hawk Valley Garden
The Squash Shack
Fall Display at Hawk Valley Garden
My talented daughter Liz created this display
Squash, Squash and More Squash
We paint pumpkins for local school teams, college teams, personalized pumpkins . Just ask or email us with specifications
Pretty painted pumpkin
Tower of squash
Another of Liz's creative displays
Sue's Squash Shack
We carry over 30 different kind of winter and summer squash each fall.
Antique washtub full of casperita pumpkins
Indian Corn for sale
Squash for Sale
Sue's Squash Shack...designed by Liz
Gourds, Gourds and more Gourds
1st year of Squash Shack
We chose not to plow under garden in fall as we get lots of wind through here. We wait and and till it up in the spring. Thanks to Dad and his garden tractor we are about ready to plant.
Along with couple thousand hills of pumpkins we also plant large vegetable garden. We will sell tomato and onion sometimes during pumpkin season if we have over abundance of fruit.
Also we can and freeze vegetables along with providing them to our family.
The first or second week of May we usually begin planting. The ground temp's have to be above 60 degrees before we start. By end of May we have pumpkins sprouting everywhere. We chose to mound up our pumpkins as our area is prone to flooding.
June 2014 - 7 inches of rain caused the Little Sioux River to rise and the backwater goes into the slough behind us and sometimes onto our property.
This is why we mound all our pumpkin plants.
We use fences, hog panels, arbors and whatever else we can find to run vines up. If you don't have a lot of land it will save you valuable space.
The month of June means lots and lots of hoeing to keep the weeds down. Also you will see your first cucumber beetles with the heat and also squash borer moths. June is always the calm before the crazy vines take over--which is great. When you see flowers in the morning you will hear the bees buzzing and soon you will have baby pumpkins forming.
A garden is hard work and is never finished. We spend a lot of time tending the garden and hoeing is a necessity. I love hoeing...call me strange ..but it my quiet time in the garden and I do find lots of solitude and pride trying to keep the weeds away.
Plants are growing quickly and July is when you will find your first fruit for most plants. Our spring garden is gone and now our pumpkins are forming.
Germination Success...a pumpkin is forming.
Baby Cinderella pumpkin at it's earliest stage.
By end of July the vines will have taken over. Then we are stuck hand weeding and hoeing in few spots. Also life under the vines begin.
Life under the pumpkin vines.
Baby Cinderella has formed.
As soon as the stem gets hard we can cut pumpkin and set up on pallets to cure.
Come middle of August we will begin selectively picking pumpkins. We will take the fruit that is ready giving the vine a little break if it's loaded with undeveloped fruit. That way most vines will keep producing until the middle of September or October when we do our final picking.
The beginning.. first chicken coop
Zach built the first chicken coop at Hawk Valley Garden in 2009 and that starting out it only had 8 chickens in it.
The first chickens at Hawk Valley Garden
Big Black Sumatra Chicken
Big Black has been around Hawk Valley Garden from the very beginning and is still one of the crowd favorites. He is a calm, majestic rooster who loves strutting after Sue and has cravings for bread and corn. He is Sue's favorite.
After chickens came baby ducklings.
Time to move the ducks into their own coop
Spring of 2011 got a little chilly forcing the ducklings to stay inside longer than liked.
The Poultry Palace in it's early days.
Sue's parents bought her the next chicken coop for Christmas 2011. They turned it into the Poultry Palace the next spring.
The Poultry Palace
The old shed used to be a seed shed on the east side of Terril, Iowa. Now it is the Poultry Palace at Hawk Valley Garden where the turkeys and laying hens live.
Cupola on the Poultry Palace
Royal Palm Turkeys at Hawk Valley Garden
Next came the turkeys. The set of Royal Palm turkeys were purchased in the summer of 2011. They are creepy, fascinating birds and are the most favorite poultry by our customers. Royal Palm's are heritage breed and the turkeys at Hawk Valley Garden are pets and are NOT eaten as many customers ask.
After the turkeys and laying hens came the exotic chickens including Polish, Houdan, Silkies, English Campine, and bantam breeds.
White Silkie Hen
Grey Partridge and Cuckoo Silkies
Dumbest and funniest chickens alive.
Too many chickens?
(I don't think so)
Call Duck Hen and ducklings
Belgium Mille De'Fluer Chickens
Just hangin' out
Betty...one of the favorites for a long time.
RIP old girl.
Hawk Valley Garden's Poultry Palace
It takes our whole family to make Hawk Valley Garden work. And there is a LOT of work involved. From Spring to Fall we do it all.
Liz, Bruce and Sue
Darrell...the best pumpkin grower in Iowa. FACT!
Hawk Valley Garden's manager...my daughter Liz.
The Best of the Rest
Zach and Mom and Aubry and Addi.
Liz and Chris's engagement picture from 2015
Bruce and Liz stocking the shelves with Kamo Kamo Pumpkins
It's all about family
Precious moments always remembered.
Zach getting ready to go to the fair
Happy times as we just picked the big pumpkins
Sept. 2008...good year as we produced two pumpkins that we both near or over 400 pounds.
Crazy Herbi...our favorite puggle
Hot day setting up for fair
Sister Pam at work with the crew
First day of picking pumpkins
August 2015-- picked 200 Cinderella pumpkins.
Sue..owner of Hawk Valley Garden
Always picking, washing and putting out for display
Liz and Bruce stocking the bunks...a never-ending task in the fall.
Our favorite pumpkin...Avery.
My sister Pam...hard at work
We are blessed to have family help us in the fall. Thanks Pam!
Little pumpkin boy has grown up.
Bruce with large sled full of pumpkins
We use a big trapping sled to haul our pumpkins around the yard in. It's causes less damage than wagons and less bumpy ride.
We grow them big at Hawk Valley Garden
Sweet little Addi
Pretty Atlantic Giant Pumpkins
My favorite and most missed crew..my mom.
My whole crew
Thanks Jay Schoning for great picture.
Fall 2013-- 800 pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin grown by a family friend
Got to have a little fun..or maybe a nap
Sue in early years of pumpkin stand.
When customers have turned into extra special friends that is the most satisfying part of what we do.
Thanks to all the friends we have made!!
It's all Fun!
Yes...we have restroom facilities and even the port-a-pot has pumpkins in it.
Mom and Aunt Sally
Two favorite ladies at fall craft show we used to go to every year.
George and Lillian Lorenz (Sue's Grandparents) built the property from the ground up in the 1960's. They opened Lorenz Antiques a couple years later and stayed open for 37 years. The old antique sign in the picture is now found on the coal shed still on the property.
Grandpa and Grandma's House
Located 2 miles west of Dickens, Iowa or 3 miles east of Spencer, Iowa. Before Highway 18 came in there was a heavily traveled dirt road and right across the road from their old house George and Lillian Lorenz built their new ranch house.
Lorenz Bros. Service Station
George Lorenz and Jim Lorenz ran the gas station that was located north and east of the current acreage where Hawk Valley Garden was located.
George Lorenz at the farmstead north of the current Hawk Valley Garden location. Field of watermelons serves as a backdrop.
The Lorenz family
George and Lillian and daughters in Lorenz Antique shop.
Old Coal Shed
George Lorenz relocated the old coal shed that had been used at a country school one mile west and one mile south of the current Hawk Valley Garden location.
The Pumpkin Stackers
We have been creating pumpkin stackers from the very beginning using pumpkins that didn't have any stems. Our daughter, Liz, has mastered making these pumpkin stackers and has created some magical displays. She has made them for weddings, fundraisers, showers and just for fun. They are hot-sellers in the pumpkin stand and are great for the front step or middle of your fall display.
2016 Fall Pumpkin Display
Loved this display and picture especially the pumpkin stackers, scarecrow and my little yellow shed in the background.
Awesome Fall Display!
Liz....the world's master pumpkin stacker
No pumpkin is safe when Liz is around. She can stack anything.
Love the pumpkin stackers Liz!!
Top- Flatso Pumpkin
Second - Blue Jarradale Pumpkin
Third- Cheese Pumpkin
Fourth- Cinderella Pumpkin
Bottom- White Borer Pumpkin
Sitting next to a beatiful tri-colored Cushaw.
Triple Pumpkin Stacker
Mixture of small Cinderella pumpkins, white Valenciano pumpkins and yellow sunshine pumpkins.
Add the pretty bows for final touch.
We spend our spare time stacking large and small pumpkins. If you have a pumpkin without a stem it goes into the stacking pile. The mini's pumpkins include Hooligans, Jack B Little, Pum-ke-mon, Baby Bear, White Boos and striped gourds have been added.
My daughter Liz spends lot of her time stacking these pumpkins. It takes patience and nicely formed, flat pumpkins. We use clippers to cut back the stems. Also it's a matter of flipping pumpkins, turning them until they match up and finally making sure they won't topple. She may go thru 30 pumpkins to find the perfect combination.
In the end the pumpkin stackers are always so awesome and sell very quickly.
This stack includes Red Cinderella on bottom, Fairytale pumpkin, White Borer, another Cinderella, Autumn Crown, Orange-mon and white Casperita on top.
Autumn Crown Pumpkin Stacker
These are Autumn Crown pumpkins which are miniature Cheese pumpkins. You can bake them and they taste like butternut squash. These are triple stacked with raffia bows. Very pretty.
Prize Winning Pumpkin Stacker
Hawk Valley Garden won a national contest for best use of produce in display from Johnny Seeds in 2010 with this display specifically the "Welcome" pumpkin tower. I call this a tower as it does have a pole in the middle of the pumpkins holding it up. All of the pumpkin stackers we sell do NOT have poles, sticks, dowels or anything else holding them together.
These might have been my favorite pumpkin stackers last season.
Our Biggest Pumpkin Stacker
Liz created this monster in 2015 in front of the old coal shed. It was almost 10 foot tall with the straw. The pumpkin stacker consisted of a huge Cinderella pumpkin on the bottom that weighed over 60 pounds. The next up was a weird gray Cinderella carriage pumpkin, another Cinderella, white Borer, Tri-way, Cheese and orange-mon on the top.
I ended up baking all these pumpkins for pies that fall after pumpkin season was over. Except for the large Cinderella pumpkin...my chickens got that one for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Stacker Display
Liz was busy creating this wonderful pumpkin stacker display. Sold all these in one afternoon.
Last Display of the Pumpkin Season
We were cleaning up our pumpkin patch and found these beauties out in the very edge of my dad's patch. They were cured perfectly LIz stacked them all. Beautiful, heirloom pumpkins.
LIz's Favorite Pumpkin Stacker
Another of Liz's favorite creations which included a white Borer on the bottom, warted Marina Di Chiogga, red Cinderalla, Autumn's Crown and a Goony Gourd on the top.
All Heirloom pumpkins except the gourd. Liz sold this one in less than one minute after putting it in the pumpkin display.
Pumpkin Tower (has a rod in it).
The Painted Pumpkins
Painted Pumpkins For Sale
We are artists and come fall we put our talent to use and paint pumpkins, squash and gourds. This page shows some of the pumpkins we have painted in the last 15 years. Best time to get painted pumpkins is on the weekends. Come first thing Saturday morning or Sunday morning and we stock up so there are more available.
Otherwise special order them by emailing me at:
Please give us at least 2-3 weeks for the detailed painted pumpkins.
Welcome Painted Pumpkin
I paint lots and lots of "welcome" pumpkins. This one my sister, Pam, took home for her front step. They are painted with acrylic paints and then sprayed with sealer so they last all the way thru fall. Great for displays, front steps, gifts and businesses.
Scary Painted Pumpkin
These take a little time to paint but I like them. They sell quickly so if you want one like this special order it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my favorite painted pumpkins
I painted this for Clay County Conservation's annual Halloween Hike.
My daughter, Liz, paints Minion pumpkins over and over and they sell instantly. They are cute while we have them in. Best time to get them is on Saturday mornings or special order one.
These painted pumpkins just make me laugh.
Scary Halloween Painted Pumpkins
This pumpkin morphed into another pumpkin. I couldn't resist painting it. This one was kept on my son's bedside table until this spring when it finally rotted.
Creepy Spider Painted Pumpkins
We like to paint spider pumpkins. Kids love them and when we are lucky enough to find metal legs they really do look like little scary spiders. These also sell out very quickly.
We like to paint
Mix of painted pumpkins. These all have glow in the dark paint on them which kids love.
Happy Fall Painted Pumpkin
Loved this one and recreated it over and over. Painted bittersweet on white boo pumpkin. Add some raffia and you have a great table decoration.
Halloween and Witch Painted Pumpkins
Team Pumpkins - Spencer Tigers
We will paint any team on pumpkins as special requests.
Special Request- Painted Railroad Pumpkin
Special pumpkin for special person
Painted this for my sister.
More Special Pumpkins for Extra Special People
LOVE these and everything they represent. We donate these pumpkins every October to local cancer center or fundraisers. Last year I painted these also for my bosses mom who had just beat cancer. She then took them to the cancer center and donated them. Please don't hesitate to contact me or ask for special requests.
Harry Potter- Special Request
Ninja Turtles - Sold in less than a minute
You may find these on a Saturday morning or special request if you want to make sure you get one.
Painted this in 2016 for People for Pets Event. Loved it and so did they! Great people, great cause.
Favorite Spencer Tiger Pumpkin- EVER
Liz painted this for some super special friends. She used metallic paint. Loved the lettering!!
I paint hundreds of these little witch pumpkins each season.
June 19 to June 30 - 2018 Iowa Flood
With over 10+ inches of rain in northwest Iowa in 7 day period the Little Sioux River and all the rivers and lakes were saturated and resulted in major flooding. The Little Sioux River basin runs a half mile behind our farm. My grandparents built the house in 1962.
The 1993 flood water came over Highway 18 through the driveway and surrounded the house. A year later the farmer behind my grandparents dug a long ravine behind their property allowing better drainage.
We have had flood since then that water came up into year but 2018 flood has been the worst. No water in the house or surrounding the house but it filled up our yard and garden. The waters went over Highway 18 and closed it down for three days. The pictures I have added are from that 10 day period in July 2018.