Turning Leaf Fall Festival (Boyertown PA)

BOYERTOWN PA – Boyertown’s annual celebration of the arrival of fall, its Turning Leaf Fall Festival, is planned for Oct. 17 (2015; Saturday) at Boyertown Community Park, 417 Madison St. Plans are currently under way “for an exciting new twist that will make this event the place to be,” according to the borough newsletter.

“Music, hayrides, scarecrows, pumpkins and lots of food will be plentiful, in a setting that will satisfy all the senses,” it added.

Suburban Life: County Farm Markets, Stands Offer Variety Of Gourds For Carving, Baking

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fall is here, and that means its time to begin thinking about the season’s fruits, vegetables and decorations.

Fresh-picked apples are available from mid-August through mid-November. And while pears and watermelons should be around through the first part of October, you probably won’t find corn, beans and tomatoes after the middle of September.

Pumpkins and gourds are now out in full force, along with other fall decorations including Indian corn, hay bales, corn stalks and mums.

York County has a wealth of locally owned markets and stands where you can find fall fruits, vegetables and family activities.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/community/ci_26583752/suburban-life-pumpkins-gourds

The Pumpkin House – Kenova, WV

A friend of mine suggested that something like this would make a great festival for Pottstown.  As many residents recall, tractor trailer loads of pumpkins made their way into Pottstown every fall to become Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie, before the company was sold.  She suggested in addition to the pumpkin carving that a “pumpkin toss” might be fun when the pumpkin viewing was all over.

Several locations come to mind, Memorial Park or Riverfront Park would be at the top of the list.

This would be a great “homage” to Pottstown’s past.  Pumpkin parade, pumpkin queen, Pumpkin 5K and the list goes on and on 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenovas-Famous-Griffith-Pumpkin-House/278830822139142

Great Year For Gourds: Weather Conditions Favorable For Farmers

Squashes and pumpkins

Squashes and pumpkins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JOHNSTOWN, PA — The search for The Great Pumpkin by cartoon icon Charlie Brown may have come to a rapid conclusion had he had access to this year’s pumpkin field at the Tim Gresh farm near Colver.

The norm this year at Gresh’s farm are pumpkins weighing 50 pounds or more, pumpkins that are being turned into some of the biggest, scariest Jack-o-Lanterns gracing porches and lawns.

With pumpkins 90 percent water, moisture in the 2013 growing season of Cambria and Somerset counties has been abundant enough to meet that high standard, but not too much to foster growth problems, according to growers.

The result is plenty of well-shaped, good-colored, heavy pumpkins, be they for pies or for fun.

Read more: http://tribune-democrat.com/latestnews/x703131127/Great-year-for-gourds-Weather-conditions-favorable-for-farmers