It's Pumpkin Time

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It's Pumpkin time!


JP Pumpkin


In an effort to talk about something other than the turmoil in the financial markets, I decided to check with my family to see what was on their minds.  My 6-year-old daughter reminded me that Halloween was almost here and that we needed a pumpkin.  Those of you from Arizona may have had the pleasure of visiting Schnepf Family Farms in Queen Creek. Their Pumpkin and Chili Party opened this weekend.  Visit their website for details at

Are any of you expert pumpkin carvers? I’m debating going old school like I usually do - just grabbing a kitchen knife and cutting away. I also may buy a kit from  (the one above is courtesy of JP @ JamminPumkins). 

I’ll post my families creations as soon as they are carved for your viewing pleasure.  We tend to visit the farm closer to Halloween - maybe we'll see you out there!







Comments (8)

Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

Wow! That's some pumpkin! I'm for more traditional, myself.

Oct 05, 2008 04:39 AM
Calie Waterhouse
Chandler, AZ
Community Builder

We love Schnepf Farms ...  While I'm a traditional pumpkin carver, my family loves to go for the totally disgusting and intricate carvings. Last year, the Harry Potter carvings were utterly amazing!  Who knows what my family will come up with this year.   Thanks for sharing the website - looks really cool. - Calie

Oct 05, 2008 07:17 AM
Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner
Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners - Orlando, FL
Chris Brown 407.367.2974

wow, now that is one wicked looking pumpkin.  is that the alien from that spoof movie?



Oct 05, 2008 08:34 AM
Todd Bookspan, MBA
HomeStreet - Scottsdale, AZ
Senior Mortgage Consultant

Leslie - thanks for your vote!

Calie - Glad to hear there is another fan of Schnepf. My family also visites a few times this summer to pick fruit.  We brought home wonderful apples, peaches and plums. My daughters also loved the Queen Creek Olive Mill that is around the corner.

Chris - yes this one is from that sppof movie. I showed my 6 year old and she told me to use a different picture.

Oct 07, 2008 12:10 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I'm pretty boring when it comes to pumpkins. I'll buy one, tear it apart, save all the seeds, count the number of seeds, and then donate $1 for each seed to various cancer research organizations. After all, October is also Cancer Awareness Month.

Oct 07, 2008 07:17 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I do the same thing Russel does, perhaps because he's the one who taught me to do it. That way we don't feel bad by not being able to carve a pumpkin into anything that resembles anything other than a badly carved pumpkin, LOL

Oct 16, 2008 07:09 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Since the web our pumpkin skills have gone up a few notches. Schnepf Farms is on our list ... it's such a cool place to go this time of year.

Oct 18, 2008 08:17 AM
Todd Bookspan, MBA
HomeStreet - Scottsdale, AZ
Senior Mortgage Consultant

Hi All - thanks for your comments. We made it out to the farm last weekend. The highlight for my family was riding the pedal cars and picking out pumpkins. Eating their famous chili was a close third.  My 6 year-old Giselle picked out the biggest pumpkin she could find (I could barely carry it).  We will be carving them next week. Definitely nothing fancy but I'll post them for your viewing pleasure.

Oct 19, 2008 11:18 AM