Jack O Lanterns. Pumpkin Carving. Grinning Jacks. I don’t care what you call them, I just love doing it each year! This year we picked up over a 1,000lbs of pumpkins and I’m not even kidding. They made us drive over to the truck scale and weigh everything. lol The folks at Schuh Farm were awesome as always, and gave me a generous discount because I’m a pumpkin junkie.
And here they are, all lined up on the porch, just waiting to be sacrificed:
I picked the pumpkin with the super long stem because he had a little spot that I was worried might turn into rot.
Carve #1 Business Cat
Carve #2-a classic grinning jack, Demi
Carve #3-Another jack, the puking pumpkin (sans guts!)
Hotties, I’ve gotten a late start but now I’m ready to carve some hearts out. First up is Zombie Hello Kitty, I’ve been meaning to carve her for a couple of years and never seemed to have time so she’s first this year:
Ok, so no carves yet but wanted to start the post from the beginning…..the great pumpkin harvest of 2010! Last year I found Schuh Farms in Mount Vernon, WA. It’s about an hour north of me but the have the best selection and just about the cheapest prices around. I live in the country but the pumpkin farms around here all have corn mazes and hay rides and stuff so the pumpkins are waaaay more expensive. We’re talking $15-20 for a good sized ‘kin. I prefer to pay per pound…it’s a lot cheaper that way.
Anyhoo, while I was chatting with the farm staff (ie they want to know what the hell I’m going to do with all these pumpkins) I whipped out my phone and showed them some of last years carves. They loved them and asked if I’d carve some for display there. They also gave me 10% off my total and told me they’d give me first dibs for ‘kins next year and take me out on the tractor to make it easier. As it was, we had four wheel barrows full and just under 600lbs of pumpkins for $132.
Look at those pumpkin fields!
If you’re looking for great patterns to use for carving, please check out Zombie Pumpkins:
You can get a couple of free patterns as well as purchase an upgrade for many super cool patterns and there’s a forum with all kinds of useful information. Happy carving and stay tuned for pics of all the Hottie carves this year!