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Pumpkin patches ripe for the picking

There are pumpkins waiting to be plucked

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Carly Weber  ::   UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 2:56 pm   ::  

By our count, October is just about halfway over and Halloween waits in the wings, but don’t for a minute think that all the fall fun is over.

There are pumpkins waiting to be plucked from area patches and plenty of autumn events.

So get out and enjoy it.

Pumpkin patches


Bloomsbury Farm

  • Where: 3260 69th St., Atkins

  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Admission: $11 weekends; $8 weekdays

  • More information: (319) 446-7667 or Bloomsburyfarm.com


Wilson’s Orchard

  • Where: 2924 Orchard Lane, Iowa City

  •  Hours: 10 a.m. to dusk

  • Admission: Free

  • More information: (319) 354-5651


2-Jo’s Farm and Western Town

  • Where: 2253 73rd St., Highway 30, Van Horne

  • Hours: Pumpkins, ponies and petting zoo, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday

  • Admission: $5

  • More information: (319) 228-8412, (319) 551-3660 or 2josfarm.com


Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz

  • Where: 15068 Amber Rd. X44, Monticello

  • Hours: Animals, activities, pumpkins, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  •  Admission: Free

  • More information: (319) 480-2874


Bart’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: 7307 Alburnett Rd., Marion

  • When: After 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; pony rides 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • Admission: Free; pony rides $5

  • More information: (319) 373-2633


Kroul Farm and Gardens

  • Where: 245 Highway 1 South, Mount Vernon

  •  When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Admission: Free

  • More information: (319) 895-8944


Goodlove’s Pumpkin Farm

  • Where: 1870 Covington Rd., Palo

  •  When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

  •  Admission: Free

  •  More information: (319) 396-2010


Honey Creek Acres

  • Where: 799 Swisher View Dr. SW, Swisher

  •  When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

  •  Admission: Free

  •  More information: (319) 857-4322, Honeycreekacres.com


Colony Pumpkin Patch

  •  Where: 2780 S. Front St., North Liberty

  •  When: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday

  •  Admission: Free

  •  More information: (319) 626-6091


Shima Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: 4080 Highway 382 NE, Solon

  •  When: 9 a.m. to dark daily

  •  Admission: Free

  •  More information: (319) 624-3667 or (319) 331-5333


Bass Farms

  • Where: 1235 Hwy. 30 West, Mount Vernon

  • When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

  • Admission: Free

  • More information: (319) 895-6480  or www.bassfarms.org


East Post Pumpkins

  • Where: 1950 East Post Rd., Marion

  • When: 4 p.m. to dusk Monday, Thursday, Friday; 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 11 a.m. to dusk Sunday

  • Admission: Free

  • More information: charlie@eastpostpumpkins.com, (319) 533-2293


 


Picking the perfect pumpkin


Linn County Master Gardener intern, Danielle Wangsness, offers timely information on picking the perfect pumpkin:

Halloween is inching closer and with this perfect fall weather now is a wonderful time to head to a pumpkin patch, farmers market or store to get the best pumpkin for carving, decorating and eating.

Pumpkins are a long-keeping fruit; a healthy uncarved pumpkin can last to Thanksgiving and beyond.

Here are some tips to consider before bringing home your pumpkin.

  • Size: Smaller pumpkins are generally good for cooking while larger will be better for carving. Be careful to not pick a pumpkin that is too big to carry.

  • Shape: If carving a particular design consider what shape will work best. Take along a stencil or picture when selecting a pumpkin.

  • Color: Select a pumpkin that is fully orange as a green pumpkin may not ripen in time. Also, the lighter the pumpkin the softer the skin, which will make carving easier.

  • Surface: Choose a smooth surface free of dents, cuts, nicks, cracks or splits. A smooth surface will be easier to carve. Avoid pumpkins with soft spots and holes.

  • Stem: The stem gives character to the pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin with a sturdy stem. Do not carry the pumpkin by the stem or it may break.

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