Posted by: Kath Usitalo | October 13, 2011

Homemade: Pumpkin Art In Petoskey

What a wonderful thing, the world wide web.

Cindi's pumpkins at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village

Thanks to the www I have connected with high school classmates I haven’t seen or heard from in more than a few years (okay, decades).

One of those folks is the Agate Lady, Karen Brzys, who owns the Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum in beautiful downtown Grand Marais on the shore of Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Another is Cindi Jackson, the pumpkin painting gal you’ll see this weekend if you visit Bill’s Farm Market in Petoskey.

Watch Cindi paint faces and northwoods scenery on all sizes of pumpkins; she charges $3 for minis and up to $30 for the monster sizes with more intricate designs.

Bill’s Farm Market is on a centennial family farm east of Petoskey, and is worth stopping at for the gorgeous countryside views — not to mention the fresh fruit, produce and herbs, and at this time of year dried flowers, gourds and pumpkins.

At 2 p.m. on Saturdays through October you can hop on a half-hour hayride to enjoy the autumn air and farmland scenery.

The $3.50 per person price includes a cup of apple cider and plain pumpkin—to complement the decorated ones painted by my ol’ Redford Union school chum Cindi, of course.

While in Petoskey be sure to stop in at Jolly’s Cookies & Cafe for a warm beverage and fresh baked treats or something more substantial, and say hi to our pal Keith Jolly. Didn’t go to high school with him but met him long before he started baking his award-winning cookies in the land of the Million Dollar Sunsets.

If you see Cindi say hi; she's here (above left) at the Boyne Mountain Zipline Adventure (Cindi Jackson photos)

Related Link: 

Jolly’s Cookies & Cafe

Scary Good Pumpkin Art

Got Pumpkin?

Flip Over These Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Visitor Info Clicks:


Pure Michigan 



  1. thanks kath for posting for me and Bills Farm Mkt ! hope to see some friendly faces there this weekend !

    • 🙂
      The hayride sounds like fun. Here’s hoping for a sunny weekend!

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