Pumpkins Rock!

| 10/28/2013 6:12:00 PM

Sheila JulsonFor years, I’ve held a firm belief that pumpkins are one of the most fun and useful squash varieties in existence. These guys provide tasty pie, they can be carved into wicked Halloween decorations, and their innards are packed with seeds that can be roasted into a healthy snack. While I don’t have enough space on my property to grow a proper pumpkin patch, I am fortunate to live within a short drive of Swan’s Pumpkin Farm in Franksville, Wis.

Doug and I set out on a brisk and overcast October afternoon to find our ideal pumpkins. As we parked in Swan’s vast parking lot and headed toward the entrance, the clouds seem to have lifted as we sighted the expansive pumpkin patch in the distance. The Swan family and their employees do up the pre-halloween festivities right. Once a poultry farm, the Swans changed course a couple of decades ago and specialize in pumpkins, and with that came all sorts of fall events for kids and kids-at-heart. 

Pumpkin Patch in Wisconsin

One of the pumpkin patches at Swan's Pumpkin Farm, where we get out pumpkins every year.

While I’m certainly a kid at heart, we wanted our pumpkins. We dashed past the stage that featured a lively bluegrass band and past the line for the hayrides. We paused briefly at the concession stand that offered cider doughnuts and popcorn, but the orange in the distant pumpkin patch called us. We zigzagged around children who appeared to be in awe, and past parents who appeared weary.

Yet, I did just have to stop to pet and feed the goats at the petting zoo.

11/3/2013 8:07:57 AM

Sheila, I've not tried to roast my own seeds nor have I really eaten roasted pumpkin seeds. I've heard they are quite tasty and will have to give it a try. I should be able to acquire some give away decoration pumpkins after Thanksgiving is over. I just might have to roast some seeds and make pumpkin bars are something else delightful. ***** Have a great pumpkin experience day.

10/31/2013 7:26:13 PM

Hi! This is Mary from "Old Dog, New Tricks." I enjoyed your blog. We raise a few of each kind of pumpkins and we also enjoy the seeds. I think I've tried all the ways you suggested, but our favorite seems to come back to mostly salt, garlic salt, and a little onion salt. I'm typing this while doling out candy to the kids! Happy Halloween!

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