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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin: A Guide

Besides demonstrating our fondness for alliteration, the headline of this blog is also meant to tell you that this is, indeed, the definitive guide to picking the perfect pumpkin. Get your pumpkin picking posse ready…set…go!

by Grace Kelly

Step One: Find a place to pick your pumpkin

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This is probably the easiest part of the quest to finding a quality pumpkin; after all, Rhode Island has sooooo many great pumpkin picking patches (gosh we do love all this alliteration) that you can’t go wrong wherever you go. Here are just a few we recommend:

Confreda Greenhouses and Farms: Located in scenic Scituate, Confreda Greenhouses and Farms has plenty of pumpkins for picking, including pumpkins for both carving and eating. Plus, you have to  take a hayride (like, it’s not an option) to pick your pumpkin— how awesome is that? 2150 Scituate Ave., Hope, 827-5000

Schartner Farms: Take the pumpkin express to a field where you can load up on pumpkins, apples and water. Then, after picking your perfect pumpkin, take the hayride back and enjoy curly fries. This could legitimately be heaven. 1 Arnold Place, Exeter, 294-2044, schartnerfarms.com

Escobar’s Highland Farm: For those of us not in West Bay, Escobar’s in Portsmouth is the place to get your pumpkin. Plus, they have a corn maze– just don’t get lost in it before you get your pumpkin! 133 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 683-1444, escobarfarm.com

The Barden Family Orchard: At this other Scituate orchard, you can pick your own pumpkin and apples AND they have cider.  56 Elmdale Rd., North Scituate, 934-1413, bardenfamilyorchard.com

Step Two: Gather your pumpkin picking posse (abbreviated Triple P, because it sounds cool)

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      (yes those are persimmons but use your imagination)

This is the challenging part. You can’t just ask anyone to pick pumpkins with you; it’s like a sacred right of passage, so treat it as such. We suggest choosing a Triple P (a group of amigos/family/lovers) who possess the following qualities:

  1. Patience: I mean, when you’re deciding whether or not to pick a huge, perfectly round pumpkin or a smaller one with a cool stem and warts, you need a patient friend who won’t judge you as you weigh your options for a good twenty minutes.

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2. Pacifist: You don’t want a fellow pumpkin picker who will fight you to the death for your one-of-a-kind pumpkin that looks exactly like Donald Trump’s face. You want a friend who supports you and your decision to buy that pumpkin, and who is fine with picking the one that looks more like Hillary.

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3. Punkin: As in, pick someone who you would call your ‘punkin.’ Because when you have a group of punkins picking pumpkins, it’s sure to be a joyous occasion.

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Step Three: Assess your needs

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What are you picking this pumpkin for? Is it to have the biggest pumpkin in your neighborhood? To make a pie? Or to carve an intricate design that rivals the pumpkins at the Pumpkin Spectacular? You should probably know just what you want to use your pumpkin for so you can plan accordingly.

Step Four: Pick the pumpkin

This is what you’ve come to do, so do it well. When you’ve zeroed in on the pumpkin that is perfect for you, approach it gently and with gratitude. After all, you’ll be ending its life (on the vine) as it knows it. Note: If it is already off the vine, still approach tenderly and with care; be a punkin to your pumpkin! Grasp the stem firmly and twist, and with luck and a few grunts, your pumpkin will be off the vine in no time! Give your pumpkin a small hug, yourself a round of applause, pay for it (we don’t encourage stealing) and carry on your way, towards pumpkin picking greatness. YOU DID IT!!!

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