Finding the Perfect Pumpkin

Note: The Wilcox Family retired from pumpkin farming in 2014. Check out what they’re doing with the farm in this Boston Globe feature.

Every autumn, the team visits Intervale Farm in New Gloucester to select our pumpkins (both edible and ornamental). The historic farm is simply gorgeous this time of year. There are over 80 varieties of pumpkins, winter squash and gourds in deep oranges, yellows, forest greens and reds. CP#1 and #2 love the farm because there are so many great choices for jack-o-lanterns. There’s also a fun, outdoor museum of gourds and giant pumpkins for kids and their grown-ups to explore.

MP and DP enjoy Intervale because it’s like shopping at a great wine or bookstore. Owners Jan and Carl Wilcox take time to describe each and every squash and pumpkin on handwritten cards, so buyers can make informed selections.

We like Baby Pams for our holiday pumpkin pies, and super sweet delicata squash makes a simple dinner side. You can bake the delicata in the oven and simply scoop out the insides when it’s done… no need to add any added butter or spices. This year, we also tried a rare squash called the Candy Roaster. Although it’s not pretty to look at, the Candy Roaster is delicious once whipped with nutmeg, butter, pepper and salt. Yum.

Baby Pam pumpkins are smooth and sweet – perfect for pie

One shopping hint: get to Intervale Farms early in the season. While the pumpkins and squash are plentiful, they disappear fast.

Intervale Farms
1047 Intervale Road
New Gloucester
926-3008

 

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