Pumpkins available in late September!
What's fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch? Come on out to our pumpkin patch for a hayride and enjoy the breathtaking autumn colors of the scenic St. Croix Valley! Stay for a piping hot cup of fresh apple cider, coffee or hot chocolate. Sit at the picnic tables and watch your children play on the playground or pet the animals in our petting farm. Pick up some extras while the getting is good, because there are a lot of ways to use pumpkins other than using them for carving or pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin picking season starts late September and goes through October. We have mini pumpkins, pie pumpkins, small jack-o-lanterns, medium pumpkins and very large pumpkins! We also have gourds, several varieties of squash and both small and large ornamental decorating corn.
Selection and Storage
Choose pumpkins that are deep orange in color, with strong stems. They should be nice and solid, and feel heavy for their size. For cooking purposes, pick smaller pumpkins, which usually have a more tender, flavorful flesh. Harvest them with the stems still attached. You shouldn't carry them by their stems however, as they tend to break off very easily.

Store them in a dry place, with a temperature between 45° and 60° for approximately one month, or they can be refrigerated for up to three months. Do not store on a cement floor, as it will absorb the moisture from the pumpkin. Do not let your pumpkins freeze. Place them in a plastic garbage if the temperature gets near freezing.
          umpkin Season will soon be here!
Cooking Tips
Canned pumpkin can be used in place of your mashed pumpkin in any recipe.
Solid pack pumpkin is a little richer and thicker than regular canned pumpkin.
When pressed for time, use a store bought pie crust instead of making your own.
We don't recommend cooking a Halloween pumpkin that had a candle burning in it because the flesh will have a smoky taste.
Pumpkin pie spice is usually made up of 2 parts cinnamon, 1 part nutmeg, 1/2 part ginger and 1/4 part cloves. Whenever you see this combo of spices in a recipe, you can substitute pumpkin pie spice with good results.
-Pumpkins provide 53% of our vitamin A, 20% of our vitamin C, and 
564 mg. of potassium.
-Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
-Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
-Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds.
-Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
-In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
-The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" - the Greek word for "large melon."
-Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
Afton Apple ®
14421 So. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033

The farm where memories are made...
Afton Apple Orchard
14421 So. 90th St. · Hastings, MN 55033
Drive out to Afton Apple Orchard for a pleasant, interesting, and healthful way for you and your family to enjoy a day in the country. 

We have over 200+ beautiful acres producing delicious
Minnesota grown strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins and
13 different varieties of apples that can be picked by our
customers at the peak of perfection.