What is the scoop on a Pumpkin Patch?

PumpkinsIt’s pumpkin time again and this week they will be carved and lit to celebrate Halloween. Here are some fun facts about pumpkins……..

A pumpkin is really a squash being a member of the Cucurbita family that includes cucumbers, as well.  All six of the seven continents except Antarctica can grow pumpkins, including Alaska!  The self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois – that also is the home of the Libby corporation’s pumpkin industry.  The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins to America – having carved turnips, they found pumpkins plentiful in the new world and much easier to carve than turnips!  Pumpkins are 90% water and contain potassium and vitamin A.  The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter, weighed over 350 pounds, used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, and took over six hours to bake.  The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in at 1,140 pounds with 80% of the pumpkin supply in the USA available in October.   As you carve away, remember that that creative Jack-o-Lantern used to be thought to remove freckles and cure snake bites.  Seriously???

About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar Guild.photo (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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