Pumpkins: Patching It Together

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Pumpkins are one of the most popular crops in the United States, with 1.5 billion pounds produced each year. Actually a form of squash, they are usually planted in July and reach maturation quickly, in about 100 days, making them ready for fall festivities by mid-to-late September. There are white pumpkins and orange pumpkins, pumpkins for carving, pumpkins for baking and pumpkins for eating! Each season, we’re excited to bring you the best and biggest variety of these seasonal gems for you to enjoy in any way you wish! Discover all the good gourds we will have for you this fall and learn simple hacks to kick them up a notch!

Here are some of the unique varieties to look for this season:

Fairytale Pumpkin

As delicious as their fanciful name suggests. Roast and blend into soups, stews, casseroles and desserts. Mild with a sweet, spicy flavor.

Knucklehead Pumpkin

Don't let their looks intimidate you! With a smooth and tender inside, these tasty pumpkins work well with other fall vegetables for a roasted side dish. Can be pureed for cookies, muffins, tarts and pies for a sweet fall treat.

Casperita White Pumpkin

Their unique color makes them great for carving. But don’t waste their tasty flesh; enjoy it in sweet, baked treats!

Jarrahdale Pumpkin

Great for carving and even better for eating. Their stringless flesh makes for a velvety smooth pumpkin pie.

Warty Minion Pumpkin

Carve up something spooky with these decorative pumpkins or simply place them around your house for easy fall décor!

Wicked Stem Pumpkin

A pumpkin carver’s dream! With its unique stem and hefty body, this pumpkin will help you create a memorable design in no-time.

Sparkler Pumpkin

This long-stemmed pumpkin is a showstopper. Each pumpkin can be repurposed for a natural container or bowl once dried.

Mellow Yellow Pumpkin

Slightly sweet and incredibly tender, roast or simmer these pumpkins for a spin on your favorite dishes.

Fairytale Pumpkin

As delicious as their fanciful name suggests. Roast and blend into soups, stews, casseroles and desserts. Mild with a sweet, spicy flavor.

Knucklehead Pumpkin

Don't let their looks intimidate you! With a smooth and tender inside, these tasty pumpkins work well with other fall vegetables for a roasted side dish. Can be pureed for cookies, muffins, tarts and pies for a sweet fall treat.

Casperita White Pumpkin

Their unique color makes them great for carving. But don’t waste their tasty flesh; enjoy it in sweet, baked treats!

Jarrahdale Pumpkin

Great for carving and even better for eating. Their stringless flesh makes for a velvety smooth pumpkin pie.

Warty Minion Pumpkin

Carve up something spooky with these decorative pumpkins or simply place them around your house for easy fall décor!

Wicked Stem Pumpkin

A pumpkin carver’s dream! With its unique stem and hefty body, this pumpkin will help you create a memorable design in no-time.

Sparkler Pumpkin

This long-stemmed pumpkin is a showstopper. Each pumpkin can be repurposed for a natural container or bowl once dried.

Mellow Yellow Pumpkin

Slightly sweet and incredibly tender, roast or simmer these pumpkins for a spin on your favorite dishes.


 
Pumpkins

Pamper’d Pumpkins from Van Groningen & Sons, Inc.

When the weather begins to cool, pumpkins become the star of the show! We’re proud to partner with Van Groningen & Sons, Inc. during the fall to bring our stores a wide variety of these seasonal favorites from traditional carving pumpkins to the not-so-traditional, exotic varieties. Van Groningen & Sons, Inc. is a local California farm that began in 1922 and has been run by multiple generations of the Van Groningen family. When pumpkins aren’t on the brain, Van Groningen family provides high-quality melons, sweet corn and almonds.
While you’re picking up the perfect pumpkin to carve up for Halloween, consider grabbing an extra one so you can experiment with the culinary possibilities. They are very nutritious, containing potassium (essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system) and Vitamin A (promotes eye and vision health). And they are almost entirely edible, so roast the seeds for an addictive snack and cook the flesh for soul-soothing pumpkin soup.

Décor to adore!

Spread the pumpkin cheer a little longer! Ever notice how quickly your jack-o-lanterns start to take a turn for the worse? Cutting the pumpkins and exposing their moist flesh to the air promotes decay and mold growth, especially in warmer climates. Avoid the mess and try these alternatives for some fall décor that will last until you’re ready to garnish with garland or dust off the dreidel.

Chalkboard Gourd:

Instead of carving a design, draw one. Coat pumpkin with chalkboard paint and let dry. Practice your artistic skills by drawing scary faces or writing festive messages. Choose a larger pumpkin for this project.

Pump Spray:

Pump some more life into your pumpkin by coating it after carving. This will help keep it moist and retard the spoilage. You can coat the cut edges and interior with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil, or apply hairspray. (Only, if you do that, be careful to let it dry thoroughly before putting a candle inside!) You can also mist the cut pumpkin each day to help keep it moist.

Glittery Gourds:

Liberally paint your pumpkin with crafter glue, then quickly and generously cover with super-fine glitter. A cluster of glittered mini-pumpkins would make a stunning centerpiece. Glitter is not your thing? Add some simple bling by nails or upholstery studs from a craft store and use to pierce a fun design into your gourd. Try a funky design or even a monogram for a sophisticated flare. You may want to stencil your desired pattern before you start poking!