by Kiku Reidhead
A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch
As you may have noticed, we love pumpkins. When the fall leaves begin to
change color, pumpkin finds its way into our cooking and décor.
Pumpkins are simply the perfect way to celebrate fall. There are plenty
of activities centered around pumpkins, so here is our collaboration of a
bunch for you for a fun date.
Anyone can go to the grocery store and buy a pumpkin from September all
the way through November. Did you know though that there are several
pumpkin patches around Provo where you can go and pick your own?
Vineyard Garden Center in Orem. Vineyard Garden Center
actually creates a Pumpkinland around Halloween time. It is geared
toward a younger audience, but still just as fun. You and your date can
go learn how pumpkins grow and pick your own.
Cornbelly's in Lehi. Cornbelly's has both a pumpkin
patch and a corn maze. Go pick the perfect pumpkin and bring it home for
cooking or jack-o-lantern making.
Hee Haw Farms in Springville. Hee Haw Farms hosts
numerous events beginning the end of September and running through
Halloween. You can take your pick of the perfect pumpkin from three
different pumpkin patches. You also might decide to stay a while for a
stroll through their corn maze.
South Ridge Farms in Santaquin. If you have time,
consider driving south to Santaquin. South Ridge Farms has a large
pumpkin patch and hayrides running every 15 minutes. You'll have to stop
in the famous Red Barn for some chocolate covered cherries or kettle
So, now you've picked your pumpkin, what do you do with it? If it's
around Halloween then be creative and design a jack-o-lantern together
and carve it. Save and clean the pumpkin seeds for eating (see below for
You can also use the pumpkin for pumpkin soup - a fall favorite of ours.
This recipe may surprise you because we aren't making the soup out of
pumpkin like you might expect, but we're using the pumpkin as a bowl for
our own soup creation.
Soup in a Pumpkin
1 large pumpkin (or 4 to 5 small ones if you want to make individual servings)
vegetable or canola oil
a favorite soup recipe of your own
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a knife to carefully cut a lid in
the top of your pumpkin(s) (usually in a circle around the stem). Use a
large spoon to scoop out seeds. Scrape until inside is clean and free of
loose pumpkin. Rub the insides and outside of the pumpkin(s) with oil
and salt lightly. Place hollow pumpkin(s) on cookie sheet. Bake for
about an hour, or until soft.
Meanwhile, cook the soup of your choice on the stove. We like hearty
soups with beans, ground meat, onions, etc. to make a flavorful
chili-like soup. Creamy soups work great too!
Pour prepared soup into baked pumpkins and serve. Be careful, it's hot!
Baked Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pick seeds out of the stringy pumpkin
core. Rinse seeds. Spread seeds on a cookie sheet and spray or brush
lightly with oil (olive, vegetable or canola is fine). Salt to taste.
Bake for 10 to 20 minutes or until brown. Enjoy!