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Pumpkins aren't just about Halloween
posted Oct 4, 2008 - 10:30:05am
Someone once told me Pumpkin Patches are the biggest news of the fall season in West Volusia.
The arrival of pumpkins in patches across the land reminds us hurricane season will end soon (Nov. 30), and relief from sweltering summer heat and stormy weather are just around the corner.
Roadside Pumpkin Patches are also a sign of the upcoming holidays. Whether you are looking for the perfect carving gourd for a candle-lit jack-o-lantern, or a tasty ingredient for a fall dish, your local Pumpkin Patch can provide.
Pumpkin Patches also offer entertainment for the whole family. Many patches in West Volusia offer face-painting, story-telling, photo opportunities and other activities.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch in West Volusia:
First United Methodist Church of DeLand
Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 5-31, at 115 E. Howry Ave. in DeLand. Pre-school groups are invited to visit each weekday morning for storytelling and face-painting.
Lake Helen United Methodist Church
Open noon-7 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 12-31, at 111 W. Delaware Ave. in Lake Helen.
First United Methodist Church of Deltona
Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week Oct. 12-31, at 1045 E. Normandy Blvd. in Deltona.
Next to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week Oct. 5-31, at 750 Howland Blvd. in Deltona.
Some interesting facts about pumpkins —
• A pumpkin is really a squash
It's a member of the cucurbita family, which includes squash and cucumbers.
• Pumpkins are grown all over the world
Pumpkins can be grown on six of the seven continents, including in Alaska. This is a good reason not to move to Antarctica.
• The Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin-carving to America
The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins aplenty, which were much easier to carve.
• Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites
• Pumpkin flowers are edible
• Pumpkins are 90 percent water
• The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds
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