Pumpkin Blossom Festival
Pick a Pumpkin, Eat Pie, Enjoy Buggy Rides
If you're in the mood for picking pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie, one farm in Hilbert has exactly what you're looking for this weekend. Video by nbc26.comvideo
Hilbert, WI -
Planting Pumpkins 101:
- Even in winter, whenever possible, the farmer will spread manure in the pumpkin patch.
- Early spring we begin to prepare the soil for planting by cultivating it. Cultivating pulverizes the soil, aerates it and helps prepare a smooth, loose seedbed.
- The first of June we plant the pumpkin seed.
- During the summer months the bees do their part by pollinating the female pumpkin flower which bears the pumpkin fruit.
- By early September many pumpkins are already orange enough to pick.
- When planting a variety of sizes, you can expect 2,000-2,500 pumpkins per acre.
- Pumpkins, if picked early, should remain in a cool dry location and out of direct sun light.
- Over 15,000 Amish live in Wisconsin. It has the 4th largest Amish population in the country, behind Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
- The Amish avoid most of the conveniences of modern technology including automobiles, televisions, tractors and computers. They value rural life, manual labor, humility and faith in God.
- As mid-westerners we are intrigued by the lifestyle of the Amish who are known for their plain dress, their exceptionally well-made wood furniture, baked goods, guilts and baskets.
- Most Amish cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery.
- Without the assistance and hard labor of the horse an Amish farm would not be able to survive. They use draft horses in the field and a carriage horse to pull their buggies.
- Just as our automobiles come in many designs and styles so does the Amish buggy. There are open buggies, and closed 2 door and 4 door buggies. Two seaters, four seaters etc.
Enjoy buggy rides, and pumpkin picking at the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Blossom Festival - September 15 & 16, 2012 at Mulberry Lane Farm. Enjoy a FREE slice of Amish made pumpkin pie with your paid admission. Amish Buggy Rides are available for a small fee.