Ornamental gourds are an important addition to the fall sales mix, along with pumpkins, ornamental corn, and broom corn. They are well-suited for both direct-market and commercial bulk-sales outlets. Like pumpkins, gourds are usually packed by bulk box or bin for shipping. In direct markets, they usually are sold by the piece, sometimes by weight. Gourds can also be used for crafts, such as birdhouses, carved or decorated, to be sold throughout the year. Gourd crafting represents a significant value-added opportunity for the creative marketer, and is not bound by traditional marketing seasons for produce.