Our Pumpkins on Your Front Porch!
Heritage Summit Farm recently planted an acre of pumpkins just for YOU! They should be ready by early to mid October, just in time for your fall decorations. The traditional Jack-o-Lantern and the delicious Cinderella pumpkin-pie varieties are soaking up the rain and sunshine in anticipation of an abundant harvest!
The Ghost Pumpkin
White skin with orange meat! What a scary combination for making that Jack-o-Lantern standout in the dark of night! We have a few vines planted and trust the ghost of October will be kind to the farm and allow some of these unique fruit to mature. You will need a Ghost on your front porch!
Dianne loves this pumpkin! The meat is firm, sweet, and excellent for cooking. This is a French heirloom pumpkin that looks just like the coach in the fairytale Cinderella. The glowing orange color contrasts magically with the very pronounced lobes and flattened top. Our crop this year comes from seeds we saved last year. Oh, my! Those pies and pumpkin rolls can make the ole taste buds shout for joy!
The Howden is a Connecticut Field type but is far superior. Its size is more uniform, averaging 20 to 25 lbs. The deep-round fruit is quite symmetrical with a solid with extra-thick flesh and is much less apt to produce lopsided fruit. Its hard, ridged, richly colored skin keeps in prime condition for a remarkably long time. This variety was developed as a private stock by John Howden of Massachusetts. Excellent for making Jack-o-Lanterns!
This short video shows Ray using the 1951 Ford 8N with a special “hilling” plow to make beds for the pumpkin seeds.
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More later about planting, cultivating, and the expected harvest. Pending continued good weather, freedom from pests and disease, and adequate nutrition, we should have some pumpkins for sale–at the farm and at Marlin’s Plant Kingdom south of Greenfield on SR 9.