Pumpkins and Fall Ornamentals

Pumpkins and Fall Ornamentals

Harvesting pumpkins, squash, and fall ornamentals

Harvesting pumpkins, squash, and fall ornamentals

One of our most exciting offerings! We enjoy this crop immensely; all of the fall colors and the different varieties – it’s truly a reward at the end of a long growing season. And we’ve gone out of our way to find the most interesting and unusual varieties. These are mostly used for ornamentals, but most are edible and quite delicious and nutritious. They are also less perishable, and so easier to harvest and keep. 

We’re growing the most diverse selection of pumpkins and fall ornamental gourds and squash that we can, offering some 25 different varieties of fall ornamentals! These include Turkish turbans, speckled swans, Long Island Cheese (claimed to make the best pumpkin pie), green striped and tri-colored cushaw, flat white boers, peanut pumpkins, Casperita, American tondo, and many more.

It’s a huge challenge to keep track of all these crops. Grown in raised beds with trickle irrigation to water only the roots, and keep the foliage dry. It’s always fun to go out into the fields in late August and browse around under the massive leaves to discover the pumpkins, squash and gourds hiding under their protective canopy!

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We’ve been experimenting with pumpkin varieties, concentrating on the large 25 to 50 pound pumpkins. Plus we grow many medium pumpkins and small pumpkins, known as pie pumpkins in the industry. We also grow white pumpkins, including a Polar Bear variety that can reach 18-20’ in diameter, and 30-40 lbs. they make a great display grouped with other white pumpkins or in a mixed group of orange pumpkins.

We sell many of our pumpkins and fall ornamentals to large wholesale accounts across the Capital Region such as Sunnyside Nursery in Saratoga Springs, and Toadflax Nursery in South Glens Falls. And we also offer them at our Farm Stands, and our other retail locations.shippingpunkins

They are planted in the middle of May in our greenhouse, and then get moved to the fields three weeks later. They don’t require covers with their later planting date.