If you carve (or eat) a pumpkin this fall, thank a farmer.

Did you know that pumpkins are a member of the gourd family?  Did you know that pumpkins are native to the western hemisphere?  Did

Photo by: Seest

Photo by: Seest

you know that the top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California?*

Welcome to a short series celebrating… pumpkins!  Not only are pumpkins a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein and iron, they have come to symbolize fall and the harvest season.

Although Indiana is not a top pumpkin growing state, our pumpkin growers certainly contribute to our agricultural bounty, especially in terms of agritourism.  You don’t need to look far to find farms and stores that grow/sell this variety of orange squash.  Over at “Indy with Kids,” Katy wrote a post about pumpkin patches around Indianapolis.

Check back tomorrow for tips on choosing the right pumpkin for carving.  On Friday, we’ll feature a pumpkin recipe from an ISDA staff member.

*Information from: The History Channel and Illinois Extension.

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