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Heirloom pumpkins?

lewi wedi Oct 15, 2009 08:24 AM

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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    Teddybear RE: lewi wedi Oct 15, 2009 10:08 AM

    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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      flavrmeistr RE: Teddybear Oct 15, 2009 11:45 AM

      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. Bob W RE: lewi wedi Oct 15, 2009 12:16 PM

      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.

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        Ellen RE: lewi wedi Oct 23, 2009 06:35 PM

        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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          HokieAnnie RE: Ellen Oct 25, 2009 05:50 PM

          Yes you can find the schedule of Fairfax county markets at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fa... 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.

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            Ellen RE: HokieAnnie Oct 26, 2009 05:18 PM

            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.

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          DCDeb RE: lewi wedi Oct 24, 2009 09:48 PM

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

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            cocoagirl RE: lewi wedi Oct 26, 2009 09:06 AM

            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.

            1. chowser RE: lewi wedi Oct 26, 2009 06:41 PM

              Trader Joe's

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