Halloween is in the air and it’s time for you to find a pumpkin, the heaviest fruit of all. Thanks to their massive size, pumpkins can be a pain in the a*s to haul around. To make your pumpkin-picking process a little easier, here are some tips for finding the best pumpkin and taking care of it until it’s time to carve.
The rules of pumpkin picking and pumpkin care are pretty cut and dry. Once you’ve found a pumpkin you like, whether at a patch, in the store, or from your own garden, first check the color. If there are green streaks around the top, leave it alone—it’s not ripe yet! A ripe pumpkin will be completely orange. Next, look at the stem. It should be brown, not green, and the leaves around the stem should have already died and fallen off.
Once you’ve taken the appropriate measures to ensure your pumpkin is ship-shape, make sure to keep it in a cool place. Don’t let it get too hot, but don’t leave it outside at night and let it freeze, either. Following that rule will make it last longer. And once you’ve got it in the right place, let it sit a while. Waiting to carve it closer to Halloween night will keep it from drying out and decaying more quickly. We all hate that pile of rotten, orange goo you find when your pumpkin has unexpectedly “melted” only days after Halloween.
If you don’t have your own garden, and you’d rather not buy your pumpkin from The Man, try visiting a local pumpkin patch to find your perfect orange gourd. The two most popular local pumpkin patch locations in Corvallis are Twedt’s and Davis Family Farms. Both farms offer individual pumpkins for sale up front or self-pick for a slightly cheaper price. Contact information and hours follow:
Twedt’s: Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays. Call 541-757-7814 for directions and other details.
Davis Family Farms: Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Call 541-752-0697 for details.
By Kiki Genoa