Monday, September 01, 2008

Picking Pumpkins

On Sunday Amy came over to help us pick pumpkins! We went through the field and picked all the pumpkins that were ready. Many more will be ready in the next week or so. We had so much fun traipsing through the pumpkin patch calling out, "I found another one!" and "Look at this one! The shape is so cool!" Don't worry, they will keep for 6-8 weeks.

Adam proudly carrying his pumpkins
Amy found a bright orange pumpkin!

I liked this one because it looks like a tooth

This one is very large!

Adam's hand on the ginormous pumpkin

This was my favorite one! I love the shape!

Amy standing next to the corn

Bad news beatles!
Much of the corn crop is being ruined by Western Corn Rootworm.
Our resident horticulturist-in-training (Amy) looked it up for us. =(
A baby onion we pulled

Adam digging up a couple carrots.
This was no easy feat. Those suckers are stuck down deep!

One of the carrots we dug up.
I made cooked carrots for dinner tonight and they were delicious!!

Adam with all 30 pumpkins we picked

We only picked about 25% of the field!

Amy washed them with water and soap to clean off the dirt and then I wiped them down with a bleach mixture in order to kill any organisms that could cause mold or rot.

We put the clean pumpkins on the hay wagon in the barn to wait for October

One of the pumpkins had a hole in it so it wouldn't keep.
I decided to carve a face in it just for fun!
Happy early Halloween!

P.S. There are no pictures of cucumbers, but no fear, they are still producing! I made 3 jars of 5 day pickles that turned out great. I love pickles! Now I am going to try my hand at real pickle canning with a recipe for pickles that takes 2 months. I will let you know how it goes!

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