September 16, 2023

Picking the First Pumpkins of the Season

Autumn is still officially one week away, but one of our favorite fall activities here at my Bedford, New York farm is picking pumpkins. It's hard to resist harvesting when one sees lots of gorgeous, colorful fruits growing under the vines.

Pumpkins are cucurbits, members of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes squash, gourds, cucumbers, watermelons, and cantaloupes. Recently, I asked my housekeeper, Elvira Rojas, to pick some beautiful pumpkins from the garden - a number of them were ready. In just a short while, we had an excellent variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to display in front of my home.

Enjoy these photos from our first pumpkin harvest of the season.