Springridge Farm is located in the beautiful Milton, Ontario (I might be biased since I live here!) and has been around since 1960. The farm has a bakery, cafe, fruit market selling fruits and vegetables that are in season, and a store that sells household items as well as Springridge branded jams, jellies, mixes and more. The farm is always bustling with families visiting and during the long weekends- there are usually traffic jams getting in and out of the farm!
In the fall, Springridge farms have their annual Harvest Festival where there are a ton of activities for families to enjoy. They also have their pumpkins out for sale. Unlike a lot of farms that just sell the large orange pumpkins, Springridge farms have a variety of of pumpkins including: Ghost, Cinderella, Tomato, and many more. The pumpkins are neatly arranged outside and you can simply grab a wheel barrel to collect all the pumpkins you like to purchase and bring it to your car. It’s hard not to pick up every single kind they have.
Ghost pumpkins are bred to be white instead of the traditional orange colour. They are sometimes also called Caspers, Snowball, or Luminas. The flesh of the pumpkin is bright orange and it has a sweet pumpkin taste. A lot of people like the ghost pumpkin as it gives a nice contrast for decorating around Halloween. You can use Ghost pumpkins instead of a regular pumpkins for soups or baking.
Porcelain Doll pumpkins Pare very unique looking with a pink hue to the skin. Even though the outside is pink, the inside flesh is still the usual orange colour. You can also use this pumpkin in all your usual favourite pumpkin recipes. Another cool thing with these porcelain pumpkins is that a lot of them are used to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.
Cinderella pumpkins resemble Cinderella’s carriage (hence the name). They are a French heirloom pumpkin. They Cinderella pumpkins are sweet and have a creamy texture which makes it perfect for your favourite pumpkin dessert recipes.
Knuckle Head pumpkins have a very distinct “wart” like feature on the outside skin. They are a great way pumpkin to carve since it adds some character to your jack-o-lantern! They are sweet and great for roasting.
The Buckskin pumpkin has a lighter orange colour on the outside and the ridges aren’t as deep. This is the kind of pumpkins most frequently used for canned pumpkins. They have a very high sugar content in comparison to other pumpkins.
The Peanut pumpkin actually looks like there are peanut shells growing on the skin of the pumpkins. These pumpkins have skin that are usually a little lighter and pack a lot of sugar as well. Making this an ideal pumpkin for your next pumpkin pie.
The “One Too Many” pumpkin has red, orange and white colouring on the skin. It resembles blood shot eyes. I guess this is how your eyes look when you’ve had “one too many”! These hybrid pumpkins are also great for desserts.
“Red Warty Thing” pumpkin looks like a large bumpy gourd. This pumpkin is created by crossing a regular pumpkin with a red hubbard squash. Like the knuckle heads, these would make a great looking jack-o-lantern. The flesh of this pumpkin is sweet and ideal for desserts.
The Tomato pumpkin is named so because of its bright red skin colour. These hybrid pumpkins have deep ridges. The flesh is sweet and is great for cooking as well.
I’ll be making some pumpkin recipes in future posts to test out these unique pumpkins so stay tuned!
The Harvest festival is on until the end of the month at Springridge Farm. Make sure you stop by and grab some neat pumpkins for decoration and cooking! Happy Fall! Thank you Niki from Springridge Farm for providing us with the pumpkins.