Pinter’s Gardens and Pumpkins on Highway 9 in rural Decorah has everything from trees, garden plants, Adirondack chairs, to elderberry jam, cupcakes, and maple nut fudge. If you have a green thumb, you’ll really enjoy walking through the selections of plants, trees, and flowers. There were apple trees for sale and several varieties of garden plants. I enjoyed perusing the metal garden ornaments, such as cows and a birdhouse. They just have that feeling of outdoor art that makes you want to make them part of your own yard. They even featured a decorative rock from an ancient seabed. I noticed too that a Hawkeye garden bench was available, a great gift for those avid fans.
Not just a garden center, Pinter’s also boasts a café. They serve lunch Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The lunch menu has many options that sound both tasty and filling. Perhaps a raspberry turkey sandwich would be your choice after some time spent on the garden center grounds. They have a full list of paninis, including the sweet and savory ham pineapple melt and the classic ham and cheese. Perhaps a zesty taco salad or the soup of the day would be more to your liking. Whatever you choose, you can eat it in the dining room while enjoying that country view.
In addition to the café, you can satisfy those cravings for something a little sweeter by visiting the bakery. If you’re feeling indulgent, perhaps a piece of Butterfinger, cookie monster, or butter pecan fudge might hit spot. They also offer a wide array of cupcakes such as caramel chocolate pecan and lemon raspberry. Whether feeling in the mood for fruit or chocolate, there certainly is a cupcake flavor to suit your preference.
When autumn makes itself known, as it surely will soon, Pinter’s offers a large variety of pumpkins for the picking. They also have a children’s outdoor play zone that will keep the little ones happy for hours. The beauty of its rural setting is bound to be enhanced by the fall colors that will be in full force.
If you need a gift, they also offer a large gift shop and pantry store. They offer essential oils, bracelets, local wine, crafts, art, jams, and salsa, dips, and many other great finds. I picked up some elderberry jam, which can sometimes be difficult to procure. They surely have a large inventory and it was fun just to browse, keeping some things in mind for future gift ideas.
I think a visit to Pinter’s is well worth your time. There’s surely a lot to discover and explore while being in the omnipresent beauty of Northeast Iowa. The ushering in of fall will only provide more incentive to go and enjoy the season of all things pumpkin.