October is here, and it's time to start hunting for the perfect pumpkin for all of your Halloween fun!
Hutchinson Farm, on Walkers Line in Burlington, is just a 25-minute drive from our Lakeshore Road community, and less than 30 minutes from our Allan Street apartments. This farm offers a wide selection of pumpkins in many different colours and sizes. They also have gourds, squash, and garlic. Don't forget to check out their pumpkin art and totem pole!
Frootogo Orchards in Waterdown is just a 30 minute drive from any of our apartments. Here you'll find a children's play area, corn maze, and an apple orchard. Pick out your perfect pumpkin, then stop into the bakery for some amazing fresh-baked breads and goodies, or their award winning soup!
When it gets closer to Halloween, you can carve your pumpkin. Cut open a large black garbage bag or lay newspaper down to protect your table and to provide quick clean-up. Clean the outside first and dry it, then cut a hole in the top (or bottom) and clear out the insides.
Finding the right carving design will depend on the size and shape of your pumpkin. Consider working any imperfections into your design. If you need inspiration, check out these free pumpkin carving stencils.
Fasten your chosen stencil onto your pumpkin with masking tape, or draw right on your pumpkin with a whiteboard marker. Use a metal skewer to poke holes marking your cuts and then, with a sharp knife, cut the pieces out on an angle. You can reattach any parts that get cut off accidentally with toothpicks. Once finished, wipe some vegetable oil on the cut surfaces to help keep your pumpkin from drying out.
After Halloween, those carved pumpkins can make some delicious treats! You can wash and cut your carved pumpkin to make a pie or tart. If you want to skip the carving and go right to the sweet treats, pick up a pie pumpkin instead, which are much smaller and perfect for baking.
Looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe? We've got you covered:
- Indulge your sweet tooth with pumpkin pancakes, french toast, or crêpes
- Warm up with some slow-cooker turkey pumpkin chili
- Try a new spin on an old classic with pumpkin spaghetti with garlic kale
- Stock up on on-the-go-snacks with these pumpkin popovers
Rockliffe Properties wishes all of our residents a safe and happy Halloween!