As the weather changes and autumn arrives, the fall festivities begin! The smell of cinnamon and pumpkin pie fills the air — it is the best time of the year! The most popular fall time traditions include warm campfires for roasting s’mores, corn mazes and pumpkin patches, and of course dressing up in your favorite costume and going out trick or treating. Just what is a pumpkin patch and why do you want to come? Everything you ever wanted to know about a pumpkin patch is provided below.
We offer a pick your own pumpkin patch where you can pick your pumpkin of choosing. You can decorate your pumpkins by carving them into jack o’ lanterns as well as painting your pumpkins for centerpieces or at parties. We also offer a pumpkin decorating contest as well and is included with every ticket purchase.
The name pumpkin actually came from the greek word ‘pepon’, which translates to “large melon”. The evolution thus began when the french changed ‘pepon’ to ‘pompon’ and then later on the americans changed ‘pompon’ to ‘pumpion’. In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding pumpkins which started the tradition for the french. References for pumpkins date back many centuries. From what we know pumpkins are believed to originate from North America but have been found in many regions. There have seeds from similar or related plants found in Mexico that date all the way back to 7000 – 5500 B.C.
Pumpkins are used in more than your classic halloween pumpkin patch though. The Native American Indians used pumpkin in their diets quite a few centuries before the pilgrims landed. They would dry strips of pumpkin and weave them into mats, as well as roasting long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and eating them. When the white settlers finally arrived, they saw the pumpkins the natives had grown and pumpkins soon became a part of the white settlers diets as well, thus continuing the tradition. It’s used commonly today as well, in our products and in our food. You can make soups, stews, roasted pumpkins, and of course, the famous pumpkin pie that is often eaten around Thanksgiving and Christmas time!
As seen around Halloween festivities, pumpkins are used as a part of decoration called, Jack O’ Lanterns. Halloween dates back at least 3,000 years, back to the Celtic celebration of Samhain. This festival was held as sundown approached on the 31st of October and lasts until sundown on November 1. Samhain wasn’t the name of the “Lord of the Dead”, and while it was always rumored, no historical evidence has been found to back this myth up. This was simply just the name of the festival and meant “Summer’s End”. As the myth goes, it was believed that the souls of the dead were close to the world. Around the time of the festival was held, it was the best time to contact them to either say your goodbyes and farewells or ask for advice or assistance. Samhain was also a celebration of the harvest. It is still a commonly known celebration and many still practice it in the Wicca religion and a lot of the basic traditions are still practiced today.
On this celebrated traditional night, brightly lit jack-o-lanterns, carved from turnips or gourds, were set on home porches and in windows to welcome deceased loved ones, as well as to act as protection against malevolent spirits. Burning lumps of coal were used as a substitute inside the pumpkin as a source of light, which would later be replaced by candles.
Where To Find Pumpkins Today
Now picking out the pumpkins you’ll carve for your Halloween Jack-O’-Lanterns is something that is a lot of fun and very important! Keep in mind what you want to carve on your pumpkin — get the right size and shape for your design. This age old tradition is a main event for all ages, whether it is for contests or parties, or even a simple carving for the pumpkin sitting on your porch.
Depending on the array of the pumpkins, they can range in size anywhere from small baby pumpkins to gigantic pumpkins. If you’re using stencils for your carvings, medium sized pumpkins will work great. Larger sized pumpkins are the best for greater and more elaborate designs usually used in pumpkin carving contests. Your smaller sized pumpkins work best for traditional carving designs such as faces, and they usually don’t take too long to carve. Because of their smaller size, you can have many of them placed about for parties, haunts or get creative with the area placement!
To begin, you’ll want to decide before purchasing your pumpkins, what designs you’ll be carving into the pumpkins. This will give you a better idea for your shopping list, keeping in mind the shapes and sizes of pumpkins you’ll need. For simple carving without a stencil, decide if it should be taller and thinner, or more rounded, based on your design ideas. Select pumpkins that are a brighter orange shade, which usually means that they are fresh and ripe, have no bruises, or cuts. If you plan on using a stencil to carve your pumpkin design, pick one that is large enough and has a good shape for the pattern you’re going to carve. Smooth surfaces without any bumps or dents are the easiest to work with. It’s best not to grab your pumpkins by their stems because they could break. If your stem does break-off you can use toothpicks as a basic patch. Try not to bruise your pumpkins while transporting them as it can weaken their porch life.
Local pumpkin patches are the best way to get pumpkins for your parties, homes, and porches. It never hurts to plan ahead for your events and research the most affordable but best place to get your pumpkins. Quality and affordability are the two top priorities so try and find the perfect place that matches your needs.
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