Tag: Pumpkin

Pumpkin Sundays: Agrotourism Edition

Yesterday some friends and I went to Rougemont, NC (which is just outside of Hillsborough, in Orange County) to go to the McKee’s Cornfield Maze.  The maze is an annual autumn tradition at the McKee’s Cedar Creek Farm.  I hadn’t been to a cornfield maze during my four years of living here, so some friends and I decided it was time to check one out.

The maze covers twelve acres and consists of four miles of paths through corn fields.  Starting in later October the maze becomes a “Haunted Maze” at night, but we went on a beautiful autumn day and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

We also went on a day they were doing a fundraiser for a local woman who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  10% of all the day’s proceedswere going to the woman and her family, so yay McKee Farm for being awesome!

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Pumpkin Sundays: The Great Pumpkin

My apologies for the late post: I was traveling back to North Carolina most of the day and then I got involved in the whole “DO ALL THE THINGS” aspect of arriving home after a trip.  So let’s get to it!

This post is not about Charlie Brown, sorry guys (I can only do so many cartoon pumpkin stories a week, really, and what do you mean you didn’t read my amazing post on Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Pumpkin That Couldn’t Smile?!  You totally need to read it because it has EMOTIONS and you will cry and it is awesome, I think I will watch it again, maybe tonight, and also tomorrow).  Today’s post is actually inspired by a NYTimes article that happened earlier this week.  The article is about pumpkin growers, mostly amateur folks that are not professional farmers, and their quest to grow the one-ton pumpkin.

Now, I know that people do this sort of thing for state fairs but  I did not know this was a thing.  I saw an enormous, awesome pumpkin at the North Carolina State Fair last year:

Look at those crazy enormous pumpkins!  I do not remember the exact weight of the biggest. blue-ribbon winning pumpkin but I believe it was under 1,000 pounds.  Some of these farmers are growing pumpkins that are 1,800+ pounds, which I just cannot even imagine.  Our Whole Foods has a few super-large pumpkins in their Halloween pumpkin display, but I’d be surprised if they were more than 500 pounds.  I am tempted to buy one and haul it home, although I doubt it is carveable.  According to the article some of these super-almost-one-ton-pumpkins have walls that are a whole feet thick, what?!  And people can sell the seeds of these pumpkins for hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars.  Seriously, give the article a read, it is fascinating.  Here’s a clip:

“But it is the seeds, a strong indicator of a pumpkin’s size, that are the most bankable factor in the quest for giants. Last fall, Chris Stevens, 33, a Wisconsin general contractor who grew the 1,810-pound pumpkin, sold a single seed from it for $1,600, by far the most anyone has ever paid for a pumpkin seed. Its descendants may prove just as valuable. ”

Big-pumpkin enthusiasts can visit BigPumpkins.com, a website devoted to the growing of competitively large pumpkins.

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