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Old 10-05-2013, 09:52 PM
 
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Default Pumpkin patches?

Are there any actual pumpkin patches in the TB area? The ones i've seen in brandon seem to be tents or churches set up to sell them, i'd like to go to an actual pumpkin patch where you go out and pick your own right on the field. Does that exist here or are all the pumpkins shipped in?
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:05 PM
 
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Are there any actual pumpkin patches in the TB area? The ones i've seen in brandon seem to be tents or churches set up to sell them, i'd like to go to an actual pumpkin patch where you go out and pick your own right on the field. Does that exist here or are all the pumpkins shipped in?

This should lead you to your pumpkins.........

http://http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/FLpwest.php
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:15 PM
 
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unfortunately none of them listed in hillsborough really say if they're a patch or not. Does anyone know if the Hydro farm is an actual patch? I'd hate to go and find out they're already picked and sorted, i can get that at the store, i'd rather go to an actual farm and try to teach and show my kid how they look before that point.

But, that could just be an "up north" thing, maybe I'm looking for something that doesnt exist here?
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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Link to a Pumpkin Patch / Corn Maze at http://www.hydroharvestfarms.com


Try this one...
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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Because of the heat of our summers, it is difficult to grow pumpkins in Florida so that they are ready for Halloween. To make that date they have to be planted when it is still really hot and humid, and they don't do so well under those conditions. Storing pumpkins grown earlier is a big problem here as they easily rot in the high heat and humidity. Most "pumpkin patches" for Halloween have pumpkins from up north, but you can get Florida pumpkins later in the fall. If you want a pumpkin to make a Halloween jack-o-lantern, resist the urge to buy and carve it early. It will be a nasty smelling rotten pile of goo within a day or two at these temperatures. Wait until the very last minute instead. And I would choose a pumpkin that has been hanging out in the air conditioned grocery store over one that has been out in the heat at a "patch".

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mv116
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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Right above your post I asked if anyone had actually been there before....


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Because of the heat of our summers, it is difficult to grow pumpkins in Florida so that they are ready for Halloween. To make that date they have to be planted when it is still really hot and humid, and they don't do so well under those conditions. Storing pumpkins grown earlier is a big problem here as they easily rot in the high heat and humidity. Most "pumpkin patches" for Halloween have pumpkins from up north, but you can get Florida pumpkins later in the fall. If you want a pumpkin to make a Halloween jack-o-lantern, resist the urge to buy and carve it early. It will be a nasty smelling rotten pile of goo within a day or two at these temperatures. Wait until the very last minute instead. And I would choose a pumpkin that has been hanging out in the air conditioned grocery store over one that has been out in the heat at a "patch".

HS649/MV116: Pumpkin ? Cucurbita spp.
Oh wow, yeah i didnt even think about the heat thing affecting the pumpkins. We leave our pumpkins out for a month "up north" lol I guess we'll be skipping the carving of pumpkins this year then, my son and I will be spending halloween back in Nebraska, so I guess we will just paint a few of the small ones
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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I know it's not the same, but at craft stores like Jo Ann's they have faux pumpkins that you can carve up and display as long as you want since they can't rot.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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I know it's not the same, but at craft stores like Jo Ann's they have faux pumpkins that you can carve up and display as long as you want since they can't rot.
Yep!

(I know it sounds like I'm being knit-picky, I'm just used to certain halloween traditions like making fresh seeds to eat up, watching it slowly mold and turn cool colors as it dies, etc) This is our last year in florida, so hopefully we get some place cold so we can go back to some old traditions.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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Sweetfields Farm (north of Tampa) does a neat little Fall festival, though unfortunately theyve already picked all of the pumpkins and you just pick from what they have.. and they are a little pricey. We typically go there for their you-pick veggies and sunflower maze...I dont know of anywhere around that you can actually go and pick your own pumpkins...that would be a really neat experience though (and obviously just one more reason I need to move somewhere North too) =) We roast the seeds and watch it mold too...though it usually molds within a few days of carving it lol
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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Going out to the field and picking your pumpkin is one of my favorite childhood memories. Though, they cut it from the vines but just leave it there in the field. its really fun. You get a little red flyer cart and throw all your pumpkins in the cart and try to keep it from flipping over and dumping everything on the ground. Haha!

This is the place I have always gone to growing up: Vala's Pumpkin Patch
Though, now, it has so much more stuff going on, its like a mini amusement park only open for a couple months a year.
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