Moore’s Pumpkins

Moore has been working at the Peirson’s farm for 18 years using the most efficient way to grow the best pumpkins in town. In May, Moore starts the process by growing the seeds in a green house. In early June, after a month in the green house, the small pumpkin plants are transplanted to the large field where they will grow until the beginning of October.

The field that the pumpkins grow in is rather unusual compared to the large industries that grow pumpkins like Moore’s because the field does not have any hoses, or sprinklers to water the pumpkins. The field is just small enough that Moore could create an irrigation system to water the pumpkins.

Between the time the pumpkins are done growing to a few weeks to Halloween, Moore moves all of the pumpkins from the growing field to a child friendly field covered in hay. The hay covered field is safer place for families because it doesn’t have ditches children can fall into and in the hay kids do not get muddy while picking pumpkins.

“I try to have a pumpkin for every one,” said Moore after listing the sixteen varieties of pumpkins he grows on the Peirson’s farm. Wyatt’s Wonder Pumpkins are Moore’s favorite pumpkins to grow, but the largest, on average, are his Atlantic Giants. Last year a man bought Moore’s 387 lb. pumpkin for over 120 dollars. This year Moore’s largest pumpkin weighed over 200 lbs.

The day before Halloween, the Peirson’s have a Halloween pumpkin carving party. The family invites families and friends to carve the left over pumpkins with them. No one is turned away from the fabulous time. Moore carves his largest pumpkin, shown above, every year. This year Moore carved his pumpkin as a dog face. “It normally takes me four to five hours to carve my large pumpkin after gutting it. At the end of the party all of the carved pumpkins line the road on fence posts, and after dark each is lit with a candle.