Picking Your Pumpkin Wisely

by Brittany Shannon on October 11, 2010 at 7:08 am

If you haven’t taken that trip to the pumpkin patch this fall, you’re in luck. WHIZ has tips on which pumpkins will make the perfect pies and Jack’o Lanterns.

For farmers, it means that the growing season is winding down.

"You get to reap the benefits of your harvest," says Terry Paul, co-owner of Paul’s Farm Market.

In the Fall months, nothing says harvest like pumpkins. Whether you carve or bake pumpkin, Paul’s Farm Market has a variety.

"We grow three to four acres of pumpkins every year. And we try to mix them up. We plant the seeds, and grow little plants and then we plant the plants."

Right around this time of year they’re ready for picking. If you’re looking for a good pumpkin for making pie, Terry Paul says the ‘Cheese Pumpkin’ is a good pick.

"They’re more meaty inside and usually it’s heavy the weight of them you can tell," says Paul.

But don’t rule out squash.

"Squash is becoming more and more a favorite. Also for decoration and for carving and for the purpose of eating pumpkin pies."

In the pumpkin patch, there are a lot of choices, but there’s one thing you may want to look out for when you’re looking for the perfect carving pumpkin.

"I think a pumpkin with a nice stem, two to three inches long, and it’s funny not all pumpkins are uniform but there’s certain people that have certain tastes."

So the old phrase ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ holds true in pumpkin picking as well.

"It’s not a perfect pumpkin that a lot of people are looking for. It’s the one that’s perfect in their eyes"

Paul’s Farm Market offers a wide range of produce as well as Fall decor.