Ever wish you could step into a time machine and go back to a simpler era where things run a bit slower, family and friends have time to sit on the porch and enjoy each other’s company? No longer do you have to wish it, as Chuck and Jenny Starritt have turned that dream into a reality. A year ago they opened the doors of the Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch, but building this dream started many years ago.
In 2003, the Starritts met for the first time and had a dream of owning their own pumpkin patch and general store. They wanted a southern style store that would feature arts and crafts produced by local artisans, as well as fresh produce grown on East Tennessee farms.
Although the store is called Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch, the property also features a general store selling local favorites such as homemade kettle corn, boiled peanuts, jams, jellies and over 18 varieties of apples. The crafts include homemade walking sticks, shelves, cabinets, birdhouses, rocking chairs and much more.
Besides produce and crafts, one of the largest draws to Harvest Moon is Bootlegger’s BBQ. The restaurant differs from others in that it has outdoor seating. “Having a meal at Bootlegger’s is more like having a home-cooked picnic than eating at a restaurant,” says one passerby. Patrons have a wonderful view of Cove Mountain, Cove Creek and all of the fields that surround the property. Bootlegger’s menu has the traditional items you would expect from a barbecue restaurant, complete with pork and ribs with sides topped off with the Starritts’ own secret BBQ sauce.
Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch is located off the Pigeon Forge Parkway at 2881 Wears Valley Rd. They are open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. seven days a week and closed from December through the middle of March during the winter season.