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The Pumpkin Harvest and Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Massachusetts

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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!

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									           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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