From Pasture to Porches: How Halloween Pumpkins Are Grown

Kirstin Fawcett

U.S. farmers harvest 500 million pounds of pumpkins a year—but for the most part, these autumnal mainstays don't hit grocery store shelves like most produce. Half of this bounty, made up of tan-skinned squashes, is used to make canned puree, which goes into pumpkin pies and other seasonal delights. As for the remaining orange squashes, they’re used for decorations. But even though the crop likely won’t ever make it to the dinner table, pumpkins are still big business for outposts like Duffield's Farm Market in Sewell, New Jersey. In the above video, How Does It Grow host Nicole Cotroneo Jolly tours the farm’s vast acreage to see how the popular fall produce is planted, grown, and harvested.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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