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It's Clubtoberfest, and there's nothing we love more than Pumpkin Patches and carving Jack O' Lanterns. So, if you're hitting up a pumpkin patch this weekend, here are five tips on how to choose the perfect pumpkin.

  1. Check the pumpkins for soft spots and signs of mold. Don't forget to check underneath, and press on it with your thumbs.  If it gives a little, the pumpkin isn't fresh.
  2. Pumpkins continue to ripen and will get more orange after they're picked. So choosing a lighter pumpkin today could give you a perfect deep orange one by Halloween.
  3. Look for one that has its handle or stem intact. And a dark green stem is a sign it was picked recently, compared to a brown stem.
  4. Look for pumpkins with flat walls and no deep ribs as those are better for carving. And skip the tall, oblong pumpkins, which typically have stringier flesh that makes precise cuts difficult.
  5. And once you think you've found the one, set it on a flat surface to be sure it sits upright. 

Now you're ready to hit the Pumpkin Patch to find your perfect pumpkin! Here are two of our favorite pumpkin patches:

  • Crismor Pumpkin Patch - 1748 E 4700 N, on Poleline Road, just outside of Buhl. 
  • Lander's Pumpkin Patch - 600 W 100 N in Paul.

Happy Halloween!