In Search Of The Great Pumpkin!

We’re well into Fall and it’s pumpkin time around here! If you’re in search of your own great pumpkin adventure then read on – we’ve listed some places you can seek out your perfect pumpkin.

This Saturday head to Gerten’s in Inver Grove Heights for Pumpkin Fest.
Every Saturday Oct 6th thru Oct 27th 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Enjoy family fun activities like:
· Kids Costume Contest – Sat. Oct. 27th @ 11:00AM – 2 Age Groups – (Great prizes for the winners of each age group)

· Hayrides
· Spooky Walk

· Straw Maze
· Face Painting
· Petting Zoo
· Fun Games & Prizes
· Fun Fall Treats
· Pumpkin Painting
· Scarecrow making
· Story Time
· Scarecrow Making Contest

$1 to $3 per person & only $5 per pumpkin

Other great places to Get a perfect pumpkin:

Cub Foods, Walmart, Target, Menards.

Pine Tree Orchard
450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake

Afton Apple Orchard
14421 South 90th Street , Hastings MN

How to pick a great Pumpkin 

1. Make sure it is visually appealing, evenly a deep orange. The shape is just whatever appeals to you. If it grew on its side and has a flat spot, you can either make that the make or use it as part of your design!
2. The pumpkin is free from cuts, soft spots, bruises. The flesh should feel hard, and not give easily.
Infections can invade easily and cause rot.
3. Make sure the stem is attached.

What to do with all those seeds?
Toasted Pumpkin seeds
1 ½ cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons butter, melter
Pinch of Salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. While oven is heating put seeds in bowl with melted butter and salt. Coat seeds thoroughly and spread in a single layer on cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy!

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