Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
It’s almost a game, isn’t it? Finding the perfect pumpkin. Whether we know it or not, we all have a certain type of pumpkin in mind: something colorful or oddly shaped, something tall so we can carve a long, goofy face, something short and squat, or something perfectly round.
You can buy carloads of pumpkins at the grocery store, but the real fun is running through pumpkin patches, digging through the prickly vines, and seeking a glimpse of that perfect ripe orange color. We make at least one trip to a pumpkin patch every season. Not that we need so many pumpkins; it’s just fun to take hayrides through the pumpkin patches, and to spy those orange fields from miles away.
Every year we’re amazed at seeing field after field stretching out, just loaded with pumpkins ready for picking. I love those big, round pumpkins – the type that seem almost unreal. When we carve pumpkins on the front porch, I always end up marking a big, toothy grin and big eyes in mine.
Of course, pumpkins aren’t the only reason to go out picking. There are apples and apple cider, and pies and candy, and corn mazes and tractor rides and games to play. But pumpkins are the signature fruit of fall.
Some farms will pre-cut the pumpkins for you, so you’re collecting them from the rolling fields. Some will leave them on the vines so you have to twist and snap them off.
But then you find it: your perfect pumpkin. It’s the right color, the right shape. It fits the designs you want to carve into it. Then there’s the fun of lugging your discoveries back to the market and loading the car with them until it sags under their weight.
Go find your perfect pumpkin at one of these farms across Ohio!
Arrowhead Orchard, Paris
Conine’s Country Market, Fostoria
Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst
Honey Haven Farm, Ashland
Leeds Farm, Ostrander
Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm, Radnor
Lostroh Family Farms, Mt. Sterling
McMonigle Farms, Middletown
Nickajack Farms, North Lawrence
Ramseyer Farms, Wooster
Shaw Farms, Milford