CONCORD, NH – Cooler nights and changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and other items, and a sea of orange pumpkins in front of the grocery store are all signs of fall. It’s time to start looking for the ideal pumpkin in New Hampshire.
But maybe you want the genuine thing this season—an actual pumpkin in your home. There are lots of places to pick up a pumpkin near or in Concord, whether you’re planning to bake a pie, carve a Jack-o’-lantern, or simply add some seasonal flair to your doorstep.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Rossview Farms
- Apple Hill Farm
- Carter Hill Orchard
- Dimond Hill Farm
- Rockey Ole Farm
- Marshall Pumpkin Farm
- Gould Hill Farm
- Beech Hill Farm
And if your pumpkin is destined for a starring role on Halloween night, Warren Nash on YouTube also shows a step-by-step process to make the perfect carve.
Pumpkin carving kits will help you acquire exactly what you need. They usually include saws, a scooper, a drill, and a variety of patterns.
If you’re looking for the objects individually around the house, try these:
- Pumpkin. Unless you have a pumpkin-growing enterprise in your backyard, you’ll have to choose one from a pumpkin patch or a supermarket. Make certain that it appears strong and clean. Remember, this is the pumpkin that will take center stage on the porch during the Halloween season.
- A curved boning knife or a serrated cooking knife.
- Scoop or scraper for ice cream
- Paper, pencil, or pen Candle, or battery-powered light
Cut it at an inward angle if cutting from the top of the pumpkin so the lid doesn’t fall into the pumpkin when you put it back on. In a series of pumpkin carving recommendations from Good Housekeeping, Michael Natiello, creative director for The Great Jack-o’-Lantern Blaze, suggested chopping the pumpkin from the bottom. This helps keep the sidewalls from collapsing later.
Remove all the seeds and other debris from the pumpkin with an ice cream scoop or your fingertips. Clean thoroughly, making sure nothing is stuck to the sides.
Trace your design on paper before transferring it to the pumpkin. It will be easy to trace the design onto the pumpkin this way.
Make the cuts: Cut the design out. Natiello advised poking holes around the lines with a fork or pencil. Remove the large pieces of pumpkin and tidy off the edges later.
Light it: Place a battery-operated light or candle in a holder within the pumpkin, and then admire your accomplishment.
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