Gleaning Pumpkins

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***Imagine a big picture of my pumpkin here. You know – that picture that I haven’t got around to taking. ;)***

I love gleaning things. According to Wikipedia:

“Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.”

In a more general sense I consider gleaning the process of taking unused foodstuffs from people who don’t want it or don’t have a need for it. This time of year is great for gleaning pumpkins. Our neighbors sell pumpkins but I never got around to buying any this year. Without kids around no one really seems to care or notice if I decorate so I didn’t bother. I was really craving pumpkin seeds though!

My cousin gave me 4 pumpkins that she had sitting by her back door. She didn’t have time to carve them with a new baby around. Unfortunately I left my tailgate down and lost 2 of them. Good thing they were free! Then I brought home a big pumpkin from work. It was just sitting in our entryway and no one wanted it. There are a lot of pumpkins still sitting on my neighbors’ porches that I could ask about if I wanted more. They’re just going to rot anyway if they don’t get used!


6 thoughts on “Gleaning Pumpkins

  1. marriedtothefarm Post author

    Yeah, she did. She wouldn’t let me post pics so I didn’t mention it. 🙂

    She had a boy and named him Lance. She said the whole delivery experience wasn’t too bad but the first couple weeks at home were rough for her physically. It is great to watch her b/c she’s never been much for babies but she is a GREAT Mom. She’s so patient with him, it gives me hope b/c patience isn’t my strong point. 😛

    1. marriedtothefarm Post author

      I haven’t attempted “fresh” pumpkin pies yet. 🙂 I’m just sticking with baking up the seeds. They make great snacks for lunch! The chickens are more than happy to clean up the actual pumpkin.

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