Pumpkins, squashes and gourds

On Saturday morning, we woke up a little extra early so we would have time to go pumpkin, squash and gourd picking before Lee had to leave for work. The weather was perfect, a cold-ish wind with a warm sunshine and bright blue skies.

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We decided to try Courges & cie, a local farm here in Gatineau, Québec which grows over 100 varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds.

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Upon arriving, you are instructed to grab a wheelbarrow and head into the field to pick your own produce. A main path separates the field in two, pumpkins on the left and squashes and gourds on the right. The further you venture into the field, the more species of pumpkins, squashes and gourds you encounter.

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We saw all kinds of pumpkins; even pink ones!

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We found some funny shaped squashes…

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Some cute tiny pumpkins…

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And some ugly gourds full of warts.

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Once you’re satisfied with your pickings, you are invited to wheel you wheel barrow directly onto a big scale. No need for unloading and reloading everything here, they simply subtract the weight of the wheel barrow to get the proper weight as you pay for your products by the pound. Based on previous experiences at other pumpkin patches in the area, we were expecting to pay about 40$ maybe even 60$ for our small haul, but where happily surprised with our total of 15$.

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We wheeled our pickings to the car and unloaded them. As we walked our wheel barrow back, we decided to stop by the dome under which are the already picked produce that you can buy directly if you don’t want to go into the field and pick your own.

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The little signs above each variety, gave important information such as the name, color, flesh, taste, usage and conservation details. We had fun identifying our pickings and discovering new varieties that we didn’t venture far enough to see in the field.

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From what we can tell, we selected, a spaghetti squash, a butternut squash, one jack be little pumpkin, two baby boo pumpkins, either a blue doll or a jarrahdale pumpkin (the blueish/gray one) and a few non-comestible gourds. We didn’t identify the exact variety of our orange pumpkin, our bigger white pumpkin or the yellow/green/orange squash we picked.

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Outside, gorgeous wooden bins filled to the brim with various kinds of pumpkins, squashes and gourds. So many interesting colors and shapes.

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They even had corn stalks for sale!

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Before leaving we decided to order the squash-fries and the pumpkin doughnuts everyone was raving about and we were not disappointed. The “fries” are really deep-fried delicata squash and are delicious with a little salt sprinkled on top. The donuts were simply out of this world and it was pretty neat to see them being made right in front of us as well.

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All and all, we had an amazing time together at the Courges & Cie farm and we will definitely be back, though next time, we will bring proper footwear (a.k.a. rain boots) as our shoes got quite muddy walking in the field.

How did you kick off the start of your holiday long weekend?  Have you been pumpkin, squash or gourd picking yet?

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