Cookery Pumpkins

Fall is when most of us start busting out our crock pots and casserole dishes to prepare some festive feasts! Pumpkin pies, pumpkin soups, pumpkin EVERYTHING! Here are some pumpkin varieties perfect for cooking up those Fall comfort foods!

Cooking Pumpkin Varieties
First of all, skip the Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins all together as they are the worst pumpkins for cooking. Their meat is very stringy and their flavor is extremely bland. Instead, go for varieties that are sweet, uber flavorful, and have a smoother flesh. Look for pumpkins that are labeled as ‘sugar pumpkins’ or ‘pie pumpkins’. These varieties include Baby Pam, Autumn Gold, Lumina (these are white pumpkins), Cinderella, and Ghost Rider. Great names, right?

The Right Size
The best cooking pumpkins should be between 4-8 pounds. Be sure to check for bruising or spots as this can be a sign of rot. 

Keep ‘em Fresh
Keep your pumpkins fresh by placing them in a cool temperature. When stored properly, pumpkins can last up to 90 days! You could be making pumpkin pies well past Christmas! Also, pumpkin purée freezes very well for future cooking!

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Have a ball this Fall!

Enjoy the fall season with us at CM Farms! You can get lost in a maze, poke around for the perfect pumpkins, crunch a lotta kettle corn — and enjoy 40+ attractions with your family and friends.We have friendly farm animals, too! Come hungry and we’ll cook for ya!

Paint Them Pumpkins!

Painting pumpkins instead of carving them has several perks. Painted pumpkins last longer than carved ones. There are no sharp objects to worry about. Plus, you can be as creative as you want to be with glitter, stickers, or whatever else your inner artist desires!

Pick a Pumpkin
The perfect painting pumpkin has a smooth, even surface. Be sure to choose one without bruises, scratches, and lumps. Unless lumpy is the look you’re going for, of course. Great painting pumpkin varieties include Baby Pam, Sugar Pie, Lumina, or Cotton Candy. 

Clean Your Pumpkin
Use a damp cloth or paper towel to gently remove dirt and grime from the pumpkin. Avoid items like rough scrubbing pads as this can damage your pumpkin’s skin and potentially bruise it. Opt for a soft cloth to thoroughly dry your pumpkin and be sure to keep the stem area dry. A wet stem or blossom (the bottom of your pumpkin) can cause your pumpkin to rot. 

Art It Up!
When it comes to pumpkin painting, the design options are endless! Stencils and stickers are easy options for younger kids while older painters might like to take on more intricate designs. 

Painting Tools
Acrylic paint is a great option for painting pumpkins as it dries quickly and allows you to paint over the first layer in a short time period. Go-to painting tools include cheap paint brushes, cotton swabs, sponges, and cotton balls. A damp cloth works great for wiping away any mistakes.

Add Some Pizazz
Make your pumpkin shine with fun embellishments like glitter, sequins, pom poms, or rhinestones. Add googly eyes to create faces! Incorporate glow-in-the-dark paint to make your pumpkin stand out at night!

Visit us on Pinterest for fun pumpkin carving ideas!

Have a ball this Fall!

Enjoy the fall season with us at CM Farms! You can get lost in a maze, poke around for the perfect pumpkins, crunch a lotta kettle corn — and enjoy 40+ attractions with your family and friends.We have friendly farm animals, too! Come hungry and we’ll cook for ya!

Carve Those Pumpkins!

Tis’ the season for decking the house out in fake spider webs, picking out a spooky costume and CARVING THOSE PUMPKINS! Up your Halloween game with these pumpkin carving tips!

Tip 1. Get the right pumpkin.
The right pumpkin has a flat bottom so that it doesn’t roll all over the front porch. Select a fresh pumpkin with a solid stem and no bruising. 

Tip 2: Cut the right way.
Have you ever cut the top off your pumpkin only to have to drop into the sticky, gooey mess? Avoid this nonsense by cutting your lid off at an angle.

Tip 3: Be tool savvy.
One of the best tools for cutting the lid off a pumpkin is a keyhole saw. The sharp teeth on this saw can easily slice through a pumpkin’s thick shell, and the flexible blade is awesome for making curved cuts. Other useful carving tools include hole cutters, wood gauges and a power drill. Melon ballers or ice cream scoops are perfect for getting all that goopy pulp out.

Tip 4: Keep it fresh.
Nothing stinks more than spending oodles of time on a pumpkin only to have it rot away a few days later. To keep your carved masterpiece daisy fresh for Halloween, spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges. If it shrivels up, you can freshen it up by soaking it in cold water for up to 8 hours. 

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Have a ball this Fall!

Enjoy the fall season with us at CM Farms! You can get lost in a maze, poke around for the perfect pumpkins, crunch a lotta kettle corn — and enjoy 40+ attractions with your family and friends.We have friendly farm animals, too! Come hungry and we’ll cook for ya!

Pumpkin Disposal

Halloween has passed and it’s time to put that Jack-O-Lantern that guarded your front porch to better use. Here are some great ways to reuse your holiday pumpkins! 

Compost Time
Turn your rotting Jack-O-Lanterns into plant-loving compost for your garden. Begin by removing all candles or battery-operated tea lights along with any other decorations attached to the pumpkin (ribbons, googly eyes, etc.). Pumpkins that have been painted, coated in sealant, or covered in glitter cannot be composted. Be sure to remove all the pumpkin seeds as well.

Treat for the Birds
Hollow out one side of your leftover pumpkin and fill with bird seed. If you have a bunch of baby pumpkins, you can tie a bit of cord at the top and hang the small feeders from trees in your yard. The birds will LOVE them! 

Farm Animal Goodies
Do you have cows, goats, pigs? Maybe just wild birds and squirrels? All kinds of animals would be very happy to munch on your leftover pumpkins. Pumpkins are an excellent source of source of vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and essential fatty acids. What a healthy treat!

Up-cycled Christmas Decor
Are your pumpkins un-carved and in good shape? Paint those bad boys for Christmas! These perfectly good pumpkins could become snowmen, ornaments, Santa faces, etc. With a little paint and art supplies, the possibilities are endless! 

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Have a ball this Fall!

Enjoy the fall season with us at CM Farms! You can get lost in a maze, poke around for the perfect pumpkins, crunch a lotta kettle corn — and enjoy 40+ attractions with your family and friends.We have friendly farm animals, too! Come hungry and we’ll cook for ya!

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