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Oct 15, 2009 08:24 AM

Heirloom pumpkins?

Have been searching for some more interesting looking heirloom pumpkins for cooking/decorating this season and am only coming across the standard-issue orange variety. Anyone seen anything like this in our area?

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  1. There is a great stand in Comus -- the best around. However I realize Comus is not really around. It's more of a beautiful drive if you take River Road most of the way out.

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    1. re: Teddybear

      There's a pumpkin farm just south of Buckeystown on MD 85 that grows red and blue pumpkins as well as the common orange variety. It's a pick-your-own covering several acres. They take you out on a haywagon towed by a tractor and pick you and your pumpkins up on the way back. It's a lot of fun, especially with young kids.

    2. We picked a couple of the squatty red pumpkins out at Hartland Orchards in Markham this past weekend, but I suspect they might be all out of pumpkins by now.

      1. I've found them in the Northern Virginia farmers markets. Tomorrow morning there is one in Old Town Alexandria and one at the VRE parking lot in Burke where Ive seen plenty of intereting varieties for eating and decoration. Takoma Park has one on Sunday where I would expect to find them, and Dupont Circle. There are probably others too.

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        1. re: Ellen

          Yes you can find the schedule of Fairfax county markets at Better hurry though, most markets end this week alas!

          The Saturday morning market at Falls Church's city hall though is year round but pumpkins will disappear from the market soon due to frosts and freezes.

          1. re: HokieAnnie

            Not all markets end this week, A farmer at the the Burke VRE said that market has been extended until the Saturday after Holloween, and they had pleny of pumpkin varieties available. The above schedule shows that some of the others are open well into November too. The fall leafy greens and root vegetables were quite plentiful and good quality. I got some lovely white turnips with beautiful greens, spinach, kale, carrots, potatoes, onions, and apples.

        2. There is a little farm stand on Jones Mill Road at East-West Highway in Chevy Chase that carries heirloom pumpkins.

          1. Go up to Comus Maryland- across fromthe Comus Inn resto- he had at least thirty or so more kinds of heirloom pumpkins with the names and descriptions of the taste and look of the pumpkins. It is a beautiful site- lots of apples as well.