Shop the Squash
At The Great Pumpkin Patch we grow over 400 varieties of cucurbits, which is just a fancy word for pumpkins, squash, and gourds on 63 acres! That kind of choice can be overwhelming, so let us help you find what you’re looking for.
Located next to the entrance to Old McDonald’s Farmyard on the west side of the barn, this bench has the very best pumpkins and squash to make your famous pumpkin pie. Don’t have a recipe yet? Check this one out for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, using our meaty Japanese squash, Tetsukabuto.
Ode to Heirlooms
Looking for those amazing pumpkins and squash that look and taste exactly as they did 100 years ago? Just head to our pumpkin tree in the center of the Patch. Bins filled with the squash that your great-grandparents used to eat surround the tree. You won’t have an easy time finding these varieties in one place anywhere else in the country — let alone have the chance to buy them and experience them as your great-grandparents did. One of our favorites here is the Australian variety, Jarrahdale. This blue squash has a vibrant orange meat that is perfect for mashing.
A Gathering of Gourds
Head to the arbor next to the big brown grain bins to find both green and dried gourds of all shapes and sizes. Perfect for decorating, or for your next art project, you are sure to find something that fits the bill. You can eat them, if you dare, but they taste like chalk. Marankas, also known as the “caveman club,” are one of our favorite gourd varieties.
In front of Wanda’s Crib as you walk into the Pumpkin Patch, you’ll see benches to your left filled with squash of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Most of these varieties don’t taste very good, but they are amazingly beautiful and unusual. Put several of these on your front porch or your Harvest table, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends!
Also west of the barn are benches full of your favorites to eat, like Fordhook Acorn, Sweet Dumpling, and Sugar Loaf! Or maybe it’s Tennessee Sweet Potato. Or Golden Hubbard. Or…well, the point is, you can’t go wrong here! Pick up one or ten, and try them in our wonderful Winter Squash Chowder. Or add some butter and bacon to your halved, seeded squash and bake it to a golden-brown delicious goodness. Don’t like bacon? (Seriously, you don’t like bacon?!?) Try baking it with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.
The Purchase Ticket
We’ve been doing this for a while, and we figured out that the Purchase Ticket is really the best way to get you through checkout with your beautiful pumpkins, squash, and gourds! It’s pretty easy—every variety has a sign—so just put a tally mark next to the price of anything you put in your wagon. Then take your Purchase Ticket with you to Checkout, and we’ll get you all taken care of!
Then take your squash home and experiment! Anything you do with a potato you can do with a squash. Follow us on Pinterest for recipe ideas, or check out some of our favorites here. And if you come on a Saturday or Sunday be sure to stop by Squash Tasting to see what we’ve cooked up.
Seed Savor Section
Have you ever tried to roast the white seeds from your jack-o-lantern? Don’t let that experience deter you – we have awesome varieties for seed! Look near the barn for our favorites like the naked-seeded (no hull) Kakai. Those seeds are green, and oh so tasty!