Ornamental gourds are an important addition to the fall sales mix, along with pumpkins, ornamental corn, and broom corn. They fit 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 sold throughout the year as decorative craft items such as birdhouses and carved or decorated gourds. Gourd crafting represents a significant value-added opportunity for the creative marketer and is not bound by traditional marketing seasons for produce. See Growing & Crafting Gourds for cultivation and post-harvest suggestions.