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While pumpkins can be found at any grocery store during September and October, there is nothing quite like picking your own pumpkin at the farm!
The Pumpkin Harvest and Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Massachusetts Pumpkin picking is fun for the whole family during the fall. While pumpkins can be found at any grocery store during September and October, there is nothing quite like picking your own pumpkin at the farm! Going to a farm to pick your own pumpkin means that there is a much larger variety to choose from. Pick your own pumpkin farms typically have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. While any pumpkin is great for decorating or carving, the small sugar pumpkins are the best for baking. Due to the unpredictable New England weather, the pumpkin crop did have to be irrigated during the hot, dry days of this summer. Luckily, the fall weather has been perfect for harvesting pumpkins. The days have been dry and cool and there has yet to be any frost which can be harmful. Since the weather has been cooperating, there is a great crop to choose from this year including many different pumpkin varieties. When people think of pumpkins they automatically think “orange”, but pumpkins come in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow, and light green. In fact, it seems as if a new trend is developing as pick your own customers really like the white pumpkins. The pumpkins with the warts are also growing in popularity due to their unique look. Typically a day of pumpkin picking includes much more than going out into the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin. Many farms offer additional attractions that may include a petting zoo, hay play area, and a farm bakery that sells popular fall treats like warm apple crisp, hot cider, and apple cider donuts. A day of pumpkin picking at the farm can create many wonderful family memories. When you go to a farm to choose a pumpkin, you will most likely find that the pumpkins are already cut off from the vine. This is because pumpkins are ripe and ready to be cut around mid-September. If the pumpkin is left on the vine too long, the quality of the stem will deteriorate as the vines die back. Another good approach for maintaining pumpkin quality is to move the pumpkins from the growing field and into a pumpkin patch that has been covered with wood chips. The wood chips keep the pumpkins drier by allowing moisture to drain from them. By placing the pumpkins in rows or piles, they can easily be covered and protected from the frost. A pumpkin that has a good stem and has been protected from the frost and moisture will look great well into the fall season! About the Author: Parlee Farms offers pumpkin picking near Nashua NH and annually grows over 40,000 pumpkins and gourds. For more information please visit http://parleefarms.com.
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