The pumpkin seeds we planted in late June have grown into lush vines with leaves the size of a Direct TV satellite dish. And those vines have given birth to pumpkins. Over the next 10 days we’ll be harvesting and storing them to properly cure. I thought it would be fun show the reader some pictures and provide some info about the varieties we’ve grown.
Henry is holding a Porcelain Doll Pumpkin. These pumpkins exhibit deep ribbing with an almost square appearance and exotic pink exterior. Porcelain Doll’s deep-orange, sweet flesh are good for pies and soup.
Camille is holding a Full Moon Pumpkin. This enormous, white pumpkin is the second biggest in our pumpkin patch. Maxing out at 48 inches tall and 30 inches in diameter, this smooth-skinned behemoth weighs 30-60 pounds!
Check out the Jarrahdale Pumpkin. It may look like it escaped from a Tim Burton movie set, but it’s actually an Australian heirloom. Its silvery bluish-grey color and drum shape with deep ribbing make it perfect for a unique display. Carve it or bake it like any other squash. Its golden to orange colored flesh is nutty, sweet, and stringless. This one can store for a long time.
Finally, check out this big guy (my cowboy hat for perspective). He’s so big that we had to put him on a pallet while he keeps putting on the lbs. These are called Dill’s Atlantic Giants and they can grow 500 lbs +. We’ll have 10 or so of these and most will be 50-150 lbs. We’re happy to help deliver.
The Pumpkin sale will be at our home in Vestavia, 2445 Chestnut Road on Friday the 3rd from 3-6 and Saturday the 4th from 9-2. We’ll also have some cool Alpine Farms T-shirts for sale.