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Pumpkin Picking Tips

Posted on October 4, 2021

It’s that time of year. Pumpkin time! Everywhere you go -- in grocery stores, garden centers, farm stands, and farms -- pumpkins are being sold. If you are looking for a pumpkin patch to pick your own, go to https://farmfreshatlas.org/. This is the website for the Farm Fresh Atlas of Wisconsin. Farms as well as local farmers markets are listed in it.

Whether your pick your own at a farm or out of a bin at the grocery store, the following tips will help you choose a good pumpkin:

  • Look for one with at least 1 to 2 inches of stem left. If the stem is cut down too low the pumpkin will decay quickly or may be decaying at the time of purchase.
  • Avoid pumpkins with bruises, cuts, scratches, blemishes, soft spots or any signs of mold. Problems seen now will only get worse with time.
  • Set the pumpkin up to make sure it sits level. You don't want to choose a pumpkin for carving only to find that it won't sit up straight for you.
  • Never carry your pumpkin by the stem. Depending on the size, it may not be strong enough to hold the weight and may break off.
  • Store in a cool dry place until you are ready to carve it.


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