Photo Blog: Visiting the Pumpkin Pyle in Floydada, Texas
Recently, a team of Dallas Arboretum employees traveled from Dallas to Floydada to see where the 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash that make up Autumn at the Arboretum are harvested. Staff photographer Bob Perrenot took photos and video of the trip, and shared the trip from his point of view.
An unassuming storefront at Farm Road 784 and Highway 70 in Floydada Texas, 327 miles from the Dallas Arboretum is the main address and loading dock for Pumpkin Pyle, the suppliers of our 75,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds.
Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens, with Lindsey and Paula Pyle in the office – a true family-run business. Very nice family, made us feel very welcomed.
Dave out on the shipping dock with Jason Pyle (right) and his brother-in-law who owns one of the three farms in the Pyle family.
This area is where the boxed product is set in place by dozens of forklifts that buzz around the facility, before being loaded on trucks for delivery.
Dave in his element. The trucks behind him bring in boxes from the fields for washing, sorting and re-boxing for delivery.
These are boxed Jack long-stemmed pumpkins – behind them are sacked white waxed mini pumpkins.
White waxed mini pumpkins that have come out of the washer above the box.
More full boxes at another indoor location a few miles away from the main office and dock.
Dave behind the wheel of a tractor in the fields. It pulls a full trailer of just picked pumpkins in boxes.
Workers cut the pumpkins from the vines and set in two rows for the tractor to drive through for pick up.
This worker is showing us two Peanut pumpkins. They plant different varieties side by side.
Three workers tossing pumpkins on the trailer being pulled slowly by the tractor. There is a lot of handwork done to harvest the pumpkins.
Bee hives next to the fields. The Pyles raise their own bees for pollinating their crops.
Back at the office and docks. Dave is doing a TV interview for KLBK in nearby Lubbock with the Pyle family guys looking on.
Then it is the Pyle family’s turn to be interviewed.
Dave outside the 106.1 Flip FM radio studios in downtown Floydada. Their slogan is “flip us on, don’t flip us off.”
Inside the studio with Dave, our PR team of Bailey Starnes and Terry Lendecker, and Flip’s Tony St. James. Tony’s title is NAFB National VP, but he does it all at the station. He did the interview while running the board for himself. He said they have the largest west Texas high school scoreboard show tracking 200 games on Friday nights during football season. The station also produces daily agriculture shows and hosts live bands in studio that are playing in the area.
This is the street that the radio station is on in downtown. The street was lined with businesses all displaying four foot tall plastic pumpkins.
A full truck headed back to the Arboretum at about four p.m. The driver said he had left Dallas at 8:30 that morning after dropping off another load before coming back to Floydada for this one.
Below: See more footage of the trip to Floydada, Texas.