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Posted 8/16/2017 5:00am by Fitzgerald Farms.

If you look closely, you can see it.  Telltale signs that the season is changing.  Although fall, or autumn, doesn’t officially begin until Friday, September 22, you can already see a few leaves falling from the trees, and even though it is not unusual for retail stores to carry autumn merchandise earlier each year, we’re already seeing Halloween as well as Thanksgiving decorations for sale.  It’s difficult to find a bathing suit for sale anywhere except at the beach.  Children are starting, or have already started school, just a little earlier this year.  Football schedules are being posted.  Pumpkin flavored coffees are now available. 

But wait, the temperature is supposed to be 88 degrees here today!  The pools are still open.  The creek, river and ocean water temperatures are really comfortable.   Surely you wouldn’t leave the house without that extra sunscreen or bug repellent yet.  The summer flowers are blooming where there has been enough rain.  Flip flops and sandals are still on the feet.  The grill is still the best place to cook that meal.  The birds are still hanging around, just listen as the sun begins to rise.  The humidity doesn’t seem to be dipping below 90%.  Baby animals can be seen if you take a walk on a trail, or for some, simply look out of your window.

Thankful for the change in seasons in Virginia.  Thankful to recognize the changes.  Hanging tight to summer just a few more days, while acknowledging and planning for autumn.

Posted 2/10/2017 1:08pm by Fitzgerald.

Since the weather is being a little difficult for most of America for the upcoming Valentine's Day, why not bring out some of that pumpkin puree that's stashed in your freezer and try this recipe for yourself or your loved ones?  Check out the new recipe for Pumpkin and Coconut Soup posted 2/10/2017.  Thank you!

Posted 9/6/2016 6:37pm by K Fitzgerald.

So, it is said that September 22, 2016 is the first day of Fall.  Pumpkins planted in the Spring and Summer are preparing to make their way to you.  Just a few leaves are starting to fall in Virginia, the nights are beginning to get a little cooler, and pumpkin flavor is now in stores for coffee, cookies, and just about anything else a pumpkin lover can dream.  The sun is still warm during the day, but daylight is starting to last just a little less each day.  Fall is a time of reflection as we once again realize how fast summer passes, a new school year begins; and well, we know that colder season will come far too quickly for some of us. 

Posted 3/1/2016 4:32pm by Kim Fitzgerald.

So, you worked diligently to make and freeze your pumpkin puree in the fall, and now with the weather warming up, you may have a little Spring fever.  We have added a new pumpkin ice cream recipe, so pull out a container of that frozen puree and give it a try.  Let's celebrate March, sunshine, 70 degrees, and pumpkins!  (Of course in Virginia, we may get snow again within a week in March, but we can celebrate the sunshine today!) 

Posted 9/15/2015 11:52am by Kim Fitzgerald.

Had to put on a jacket yesterday morning for the first time this season, which means pumpkin season is really here.  The warm, sun-kissed afternoons follow, and then cool evenings again.  Just a few more days left of our official summer.  Enjoy, and think about your upcoming favorite pumpkin holiday! 

Posted 1/20/2015 11:34am by K Fitzgerald.

Chores include taking soil samples to decide how much fertilizer to apply to the fields, preventive maintenance on equipment, organizing, cleaning, ordering supplies and budgeting.  Whew!  Some of these chores are similar to other industries, and some are very different.  The colder days make us want to take cover in the shop, and the warmer days encourage us to enjoy the sunshine.

Posted 9/3/2013 4:37pm by KFitzgerald.

It may have been Labor Day for most, but here where the pumpkins have been kissed by mountain sunshine and watered by rain, pumpkin season has begun!

 

The day started early including family, friends, and the pumpkin team who hand selected and prepared the pumpkins for the fall 2013.  Lunches had been packed the night before, trucks scheduled the week before, and sunscreen was in order for the day.

 

Among the beautiful large deep orange pumpkins, fun medium pumpkins, cute pie pumpkins, and variety of specialty pumpkins, we are growing a wonderful, colorful selection of gourds this year!

 

As the sun set and trucks drove away to deliver the first pumpkins to bring smiles to all ages, the family, friends, and pumpkin team headed home for food, rest, baths, and to reflect on a beautiful blue sky, fresh air and a job well done.  

 

Thanks to you, Pumpkin Team!