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Pounds of Pumpkins

December 12th, 2017

If you remember, my ‘Musque de Provence’ pumpkins did quite well this year. In fact, from the four vines I planted, I ended up with 30 pumpkins. The average weight of these pumpkins is about 40-45 pounds. Some are smaller, some are larger. The largest one I can barely pick up, and I carry around 50 pound feed bags all the time, so I’m not weak. These pumpkins are super meaty (as you can see). The flesh is thick and sweet, it makes delicious pies and soups.

I gave some away, we will eat a few, but many of them will be fed to the chickens. One of the reason I grow so many pumpkins is for the flock. They love them in the winter and reward me with lots of beautiful eggs with yolks almost the same color as the pumpkin. It looks like I’ll have a pumpkin to feed the flock almost every week this winter, no doubt they will appreciate my efforts.

Do you like pumpkin? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

4 Comments to “Pounds of Pumpkins”
  1. Brenda on December 12, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Hi, how do you feed your birds the pumpkin? I feed mine the seeds crushed but not the flesh. Do you just feed them it raw?

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  2. Nebraska Dave on December 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Susy, wow, that’s a lot of pumpkin. How do you store them. I had about 75 butternut squash but apparently they don’t keep well. They spoiled and made a mess in my garage. It has been an usually warm Fall so the temperatures in the garage were not as cold as it should have been.

    I guess I would have to say that my favorite thing made with pumpkin is pumpkin bars. Very tasty.

    Have a great pumpkin storing day.

    Nebraska Dave

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    • Susy on December 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      I store them in a cool bedroom that we close the registers to and keep the blinds closed.

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  3. Marina on December 14, 2017 at 5:59 am

    The Musqué is my favorite pumpkin! I bake them cut in a few sections, and then process and freeze the flesh for freezing after I make soup. It also makes the best pies and custards.
    In French markets, when I was a child, you could buy them by the section, as people shopped almost daily, our fridges were tiny, and an apartment dweller would not have room for such a large item, nor did we have a freezer to put food away.
    This makes me think of how different my life is now, gardening, putting by for the winter, living by the season. All good!

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