Pumpkin Farms near Schaumburg IL - Extreme Carving Ideas

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Pumpkin Lunacy!   It's that time of the year again when pumpkin farms,schaumburg illinois,the trees begin to turn and people say: I've never bowled with a pumpkin?  Let's give it a go and google it!   Well here you are for more factoids that you can never use again except near Halloween!

Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America and appear to date back 7000 years ago.

The pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois (figures!) where Libby has it's pumpkin plant.

Pumpkins are grown on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the only continent where they are not grown.

Pumpkin carving comes from ancient Celtic (Irish) traditions. But, at the time, they didn't carve pumpkins, they carved turnips and rutabagas.

The previous world record for the heaviest pumpkin is held by Geneva Emmons from Canby, Oregon. Her record pumpkin weighed 1,262 pounds.  The new world record for the heaviest pumpkin is 1337.6 pounds grown by Charlie Houghton of New Hampshire. Now that's a lot of pumpkin!

I gotta find a pumpkin!  Pumpkin Farm list by counties!

Anatomy of a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Pumpkin Party Suggestions

Pumpkin Bowling  (will you need shoes?)

Preparation and Cleaning

When selecting pumpkins for carving, lighter colored ones carve easier, as they are softer. The downside is pumpkin farms,schaumburg illinois,they do not last as long.

Pick a pumpkin with a nice stem and a carvable face.

Clean the pumpkins off outside by washing them off with plain water and a sponge. Allow to dry.  Keep the pumpkin outside, or in a cool place, until you are ready to carve it.

Pumpkin Ideas and Tips

Use an ice-cream scoop to clean out your pumpkin instead of bending your kitchen spoons.

For a unique jack-o’lantern, add a little glow paint, or fake blood.

Insert a bowl into a carved pumpkin and add dry ice and warm water to create an extra spooky, smoke filled jack-o’-lantern.

Making your Pumpkin Last

Apply a light coating of petroleum jelly on the cuts. It will seal the wound and the pumpkin will last longer. After carving, place the pumpkin in a cool, dark place. It will spoil quickly if left at room temperature and will attract fruit flies.

Did you know? You can usually revive shriveled pumpkins by soaking them in a bucket of water.

pumpkin farms,schaumburg illinois,Serious Pumpkin Designing and People with too much time on their hands!

Pumpkin Carving Gallery (you might have to click on gallery, then pumpkins)  

This is serious sculpting here!  Great stuff!   Pumpkin Art

Extreme Carving

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Barbara Martino-Sliva, Top Producer
Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. - Vero Beach, FL
Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale

What a great post!  I love it....thanks for sharing this information.

Sep 18, 2009 01:21 PM #1
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

When I moved over to Northern Ireland in 1991 I couldn't believe that first of all, Halloween wasn't celebrated as much as here.  I threw a party and it was the first for many many of my friends.  But I thought it was so funny that they didn't have pumpkins.  The turnip story is true.  They carved out turnips and put a candle it to carry with them to a firework display.  No door to door trick or treating.  I suppose that might have had something to do with the two communities not co-existing peaceably? 

PS  I had my family send me over a tin of pumpkin puree to  allow me to make a pumpkin pie (my fave)  and when I served it, no one would eat it.  They were all disappointed because they thought it would be like apple pie, with the pumpkin sliced, lol.   I am happy to say I ate the entire pie myself!!!!

Sep 18, 2009 01:44 PM #2
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator


I am originally from England and Susan is right we do not have pumpkins, although I hear from my family that Halloween is getting more popular.  I tried pumpkin pie that my mother-in-law made and so sorry to tell you but I did not like it either.  But I do love Apple Pie :)

Sep 18, 2009 02:37 PM #3
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Oh My! I love the serious pumpkin! the little one in his mouth has a MR Bill appearance! Very cute!


Sep 18, 2009 03:00 PM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Lyn..some people have such a talent for the obscure.  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 18, 2009 04:38 PM #5
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

And I thought only Martha Stewart could do magic with pumpkins. Lyn! That sandwich is phenomenal.

Sep 19, 2009 02:19 AM #6
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA

What a great post, especially with fall in the air. Looking forward to some pumpkin carving myself!

Sep 19, 2009 03:41 AM #7
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Irene:  That's fabulous isn't it! 

Jeremy: Carving skills at their best!

Sep 19, 2009 08:13 AM #8
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Lyn ~ I've never seen such creative pumpkin carving -- what fun!  It's amazing what an artist can do ....

Sep 21, 2009 05:27 AM #9
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Maureen:  Thanks for stopping by to check that out, truly amazing 'artists' with pumpkins.  Tis the season with the cooler months coming.

Sep 21, 2009 06:07 AM #10
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Lyn - these were lots of fun.  Thanx

Oct 27, 2009 01:03 PM #11
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Just added the feature 'Haunted Illinois' to give lists of haunted houses, trick or treat hours by town.

Oct 28, 2009 01:18 AM #12
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