Halloween is just over two weeks away, so what does it take to pick out the perfect pumpkin? Co-owner of Pine Valley Farms Debbie Liberatore says that there is no real science behind it but offers this helpful tip.
“Carving pumpkins we have a yard-full on the other side of the house, we always tell our folks to take home the one that says ‘take me’ to you, and that’s your pumpkin.” So as you’re walking through a pumpkin patch or perhaps just going to a local farm stand, go towards the pumpkin that speaks or stands out to you the most.
But with the weather we had this past summer how is the crop as a whole looking? Liberatore says they have two full pumpkin fields that were filled to capacity this year, a big difference from last year. But pumpkins aren’t the only things that Pine Valley Farms has to offer, currently they still have summer crops but fall and winter crops are beginning to trickle in as well.
“For this weekend we still have sweet corn available, we have beautiful large heads of cauliflower available, we’re in last call for the summer produce but we still have fresh picked, we’re still picking, yellow squash in particular is growing late this year because we haven’t had a frost yet.” Said Liberatore.
As for Fall crops they offer several variety of winter squash from acorn to butternut all the way to spaghetti squash, which Liberatore says has become a favorite among her customers.
But Pine Valley Farms also offers giant pumpkins, typically prices start out at 50 cents for the smallest pumpkins and you can get a nice carver pumpkin for less than 5 dollars. But when it comes to the giants, if you’re looking for one those are priced just a bit more, but Liberatore says she tries to keep her prices reasonable, “we try to be reasonable, I price by what I would pay for a particular item and would be happy to do so.”
As for what they do with these giant pumpkins, Liberatore and her husband carve them with a chainsaw to which she says is quite the sight to see as you end up with pumpkin everywhere! But this is the only way to do it as they guess the weight of these giants to be between 200 and 300 pounds!
Liberatore and everyone at Pine Valley Farms wants to thank everyone who has supported them, “We’ve had a glorious year, we want to thank our customers who have been loyal to us through the drought of last year and hoping to repay their kindness this year with good prices on what we have to offer.” Stating their main goal, “we hope that everybody is happy when they leave here, that is the plan.”