How To Pick Out The Perfect Pumpkin

By William E. Ketchum III |
October 22, 2014

FLINT, MI — With Halloween right around the corner, Genesee County residents are getting their carving knives ready to prep decorative pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns to adorn their homes and parties in late October.

Montrose Orchards President Dan Hill said that some customers begin to come in as early as the last week of September to get pumpkins from the orchard’s annual 15 to 20 acres. Some simply go to the store to get one, while others take the hayride to the patch and handpick their own. He estimates that about 90 percent of the customers get them for decoration.

“You always look for one with a decent stem on it. It doesn’t have to be a long stem, but as long as the stem is in place, that means the pumpkin isn’t going to start to decay from the top,” he said. He added that they encourage customers not to carve their pumpkins immediately, because the shelf life is low in warmer weather. He suggests carving in the last week of October.

As far as other preferences, “to each his own,” he said.

“It’s amazing to watch a group of young kids go out there and look around. The guys will pick the biggest one they can carry and tip over with it, and the girls will pick one that can fit in their hands because they can hold onto it,” he said. “Some folks like taller ones, because there are specific faces they like to make. Some like flatter ones for what they’re doing, some like wide, deep ones.”

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