One of my favorite Halloween traditions, is visiting the pumpkin patch. It’s a sign that autumn has arrived and more than that, it’s where you can get your trick-or-treat on!
Sure, it’s easy to run to the grocer and grab a pumpkin on the go, but where is the fun in that? At the pumpkin patch you’ll find all sorts – Cinderella’s, Jack-O-Lanterns, short ones, tall ones, flat ones, fat ones…
Each year, we visit the patch at Engh Gardens. It is well lit and we like to go at twilight, just as the sun is going down it makes the whole experience is much more spooky!
There are pumpkins piled, scattered and strewn throughout.
So, with all those pumpkins how do you pick the perfect one?
- Choose a pumpkin that feels firm and heavy for its size.
- Make sure your pumpkin’s color is consistent throughout.
- Look for a solidly attached green stem – the sign of a freshly harvested pumpkin.
- Look for soft spots, mold, wrinkles or open cuts – they indicate damage or early spoilage.
- Turn the pumpkin over and place pressure on the bottom. If it flexes or gives, your pumpkin is not fresh.
- Place your pumpkin on a flat surface, all by itself, to see if it will sit solidly after being carved.
You can do that, or you can just tell your kids they each have $8 to spend and watch them go crazy trying to find the biggest pumpkin they can…