While Spooky Town is the main calling for many Lemax lovers, those wanting to get their fall on in a not so scary way have the Harvest Crossing Line. Today we are checking out Peter’s Pumpkin Patch, as well as talking a little about the line in general.
Product Line: Lemax Harvest Crossing. Introduced in 2010. Retired in 2014.
Price: Retired. You can find it on eBay for $30-$50 typically.
Lights: Yes – Internal single white bulb.
Lemax offers several product lines that aren’t Spooky Town, the most popular of which is Christmas. Being a lover of all things Fall/Autumn (as I suspect many of you are), Harvest Crossing is my favorite of the “other” offerings.
These buildings are themed as that of a classic American hometown, most with a rural slant. They have a Colonial style that goes between midwest and upper east coast.
They also slide between seasons depending on buildings. Some have a a fall theme, others are winter and some don’t really show their hand, being able to fit in wherever.
All of the buildings are relatively simple, no animation or sound and standard internal light bulbs, but that’s not to say they don’t possess a lot of charm. For better or worse depending on your viewpoint, they remind me of Department 56 buildings. Not a lot of pizzazz but beautiful finishes and elegant simplicity.
That brings us to Peter’s Pumpkin Patch. Last year I decided to build a small fall village in early September before breaking out the Spooky Town goodies a few weeks later, and the Pumpkin Patch was my centerpiece building. It’s a very traditional barn serving as a checkout center for a pumpkin patch, much like you’d see at any number of small patches across the country.
The titular Peter stands at the counter behind a jug of apple cider. Stalks of corn are hanging from the corners. Totally dig this! What can I say, I’m just a big sucker for pumpkin patches.
As you can see from the pics, I have it mixed in with a few other Harvest Crossing Villages and a MyVillage background to create a simple fall scene that I really enjoy.
I think you could also pretty easily integrate this piece into a standard Spooky Town village as well, given that pumpkin patches will always scream “HALLOWEEN”, even if they aren’t overtly scary or ghastly.
I’m a big fan of Peter’s Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Crossing in general. The buildings are fairly inexpensive and look great. And hey, it also gives me an excuse to set up a village a bit earlier in the season without my wife busting my chops! This is my favorite building in the line and I recommend picking it up if you can nab it cheap.