Take a free wagon ride (weather permitting) to the fields where our pumpkins are growing! There’s no admission charge to pick your own pumpkins. Pumpkins are sold by the pound, and you pay for what you pick!
About our Pumpkins …
We grow pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. We plant quite a variety. Some of our large pumpkins are Atlantic Giant and Big Moose. Unusually colored ones are Full Moon, Hooligan, Lumina and World of Color.
More magical pumpkin variety names are Gladiator, Gold Rush, Bumpkin, Fairytale and Speckled Swan. At Summers Farm, pumpkin pickin’ is really an adventure!
We’ve Got Gourds!
Folks may not know that gourds and squash are ‘cousins’ to pumpkins! Our gourds can be used as Fall ornamentals or to cook with. Gourd types that are squash are Cinderella, Long Island Cheese, and Jarrahdale. We also grow butternut squash and winter acorn squash such as Harlequin and Carnival.
What to do with Pumpkins
Roast the pumpkin seeds. Use the pulp for cooking recipes like pumpkin bread, pies, soufflés, bread pudding, and more. Paint or carve for decoration. Nature Tip: When Halloween is over, set your jack o’lantern out for deer, birds or raccoons to munch.
Pumpkin Carving Tips
- Before carving your pumpkin, soak it in a bucket of water (with two tablespoons of bleach added) for 10 about minutes. The best carving tools include a sharp knife, a small serrated knife, a metal spoon and a thumbtack.
- Make the pumpkin level on the bottom with a serrated knife. If you want to put a candle in your carved pumpkin, you may want to carve a hole in the bottom and sit the pumpkin over the candle. After opening the top, scoop out the seeds with a metal spoon. Use a sawing motion when cutting the pumpkin; this is safer than straight cutting, and much more effective when cutting small details.
- If you are creating an elaborate design, draw it first on paper. Tape the design to the pumpkin and punch holes along the design with a thumbtack. This method avoids visible lines after the pumpkin has been carved. To preserve your pumpkin and prevent wrinkling around the cut areas, rub petroleum jelly along the carvings.