Nothing screams the arrival of autumn quite like pumpkin harvest does.
Pumpkins are a type of round squash, smooth with slightly ribbed skin and prickly stems, are orange in color, and filled with seeds and pulp. They usually weigh between 6 and 18 pounds (although there are miniature varieties available) and require a lot of food and a long growing season. They are used in pies and muffins and even carved up with all sorts of designs to be displayed around Halloween.
Here at Sandy Shore Farms we grow over 70 acres of pumpkins. In early spring, pumpkin seeds are planted directly into the ground – into crimped rye- using a no-till planter. Harvest takes place in early Fall when the pumpkins are all picked by hand and placed onto a Veg Veyor (a large conveyor harvest aid) in the field which loads them into bins. All of our pumpkins are then transported to distributors and sold at your local grocery stores.
Did You Know?
- Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible!
- The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds!
- In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
- The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds!
- Pumpkins are 90% water.