In Search Of The Great Pumpkin

Although the weather may not be showing it yet, it is Fall! What better to put you in the Autumn mood than a pumpkin festival? The Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is a series of weekends until Halloween. October 15 and 16, October 22 and 23, and October 29 and 30, all from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

There are lots of fun activities:

-Corn Maze
-Chainsaw Sculpturing
-Frog Jumping Championship
-A wide variety of craft booths
-Live music and shows

They have some great events scheduled, which you won’t want to miss. The pumpkin festival is sure to set the mood for the upcoming holiday season.

For more information visit the Husander Farms Pumpkin Festival website.

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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