Pumpkins abound in a Pittsford patch

RUTLAND Winslow Farms is open for the fall harvest season and husband and wife owners Andrea and Mark Winslow are swimming in beautiful pumpkins. The Winslows have owned Winslow Farms since 1991 marking this season as their 17th year in Vermont agriculture. The farm, located at 506 U.S. Route 7 in Pittsford, sees an average of over 100 visitors on weekend days. Mark Winslow said, We see a lot of out-of-state customers; some visit us annually. Its a good family outing to enjoy the weather and pumpkins. The Winslows setting is Vermont at its best; the farm is surrounded by beautiful fall foliage this week. There are several Adirondack chairs for relaxing and enjoying the views and colors of the surrounding tree-cloaked mountains. For the future, the Winslows have already planted Christmas trees; in approximately six or seven years the trees will be ready harvesting. Theres a total of 25-acres of which approximately 5-6 acres are solely for the Winslows pumpkin patch. However, they also grow and sell cornstalks, ear corn, gourds, sugar and mini pumpkins as well as ornamental pumpkins. In addition, the Winslows add fresh apples and apple cider from neighboring farms. The Winslows different varieties of pumpkins offer a variety for Halloween and Thanksgiving needs. A Pittsford-grown sugar pumpkin is ideal for baking. The Jack OLantern variety is perfect for you guessed it Halloween carvings. The white Lumina is an unusual, medium-sized white pumpkin rarely seen in Vermont. Mini pumpkins and gourds round out the varieties and are ideal for all kinds of decorations. How do you pick out a pumpkin thats right for you? Here are a few helpful hints from the Winslows:. For picking a pumpkin to paint or carve, look for any pumpkin that is visually appealing; pumpkin flesh should feel hard and not give easily and make sure the stem is attached. To make a pumpkin pie, pick a small, sweet type of pumpkin that has been developed for eating. (FYI: Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A and potassium) These pumpkins are smaller and typically about 8-10 inches in diameter. The pulp is less stringy and much smoother than a decorative pumpkin variety. Again, look for firm pumpkins without soft spots or signs of rot. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Winslow Farm at 802-773-3220.

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