The Great Pumpkin

Nothing says fall like the silly, scary or sassy face of a carved pumpkin on your doorstep. The pumpkin patches are full and it’s time to select just the right one for your carving creation.

To get you in a pumpkin mood, here are some fun facts about this fall icon (thanks

– Pumpkins are part of the squash family.
– Pumpkins are grown on six of the seven continents (probably a little chilly in Antarctica).
– Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamin A, potassium and fiber.
– Morton, Ill., claims the titles of Pumpkin Capital of the World, possibly because it’s home to Libby’s pumpkin industry and plant.
– The largest pumpkin ever grown came out of New Richmond, Wis., and tipped the scales at 1,810 pounds.
– When you head to the store or pumpkin patch, suggests looking for a pumpkin that is completely orange – no green – and choosing the right size. Small ones are best for cooking while medium-sized pumpkins work best for carving. Avoid pumpkins with soft spots, splits or cracks.

OK, get picking and carving! Check for pumpkin patches around South Carolina. This article from Charleston Scene also highlights local pumpkin patches.

Be sure to share a photo of your pumpkin on our Facebook page!

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