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Pumpkin, Dill’s Atlantic Giant (Organic)$3.50–$12.50
Cucurbita maxima. 105 days.
Giant pumpkins are super fun to grow if only because you can’t help but smile at such silly fruit. This strain of Dill’s Atlantic Giant comes from the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers, the club that hosts the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Gervais, Oregon. In 2014, Sarah came in 27th place out of 35 pumpkins with a 416 lb fruit (and met her goal of avoiding the distinction of “biggest loser”). The current world record (2016) is 2,624.6 lbs, besting the previous record by 300 lbs! The Heavy Hitters have lots of tricks up their sleeves, but we grew our giant pumpkins just like we grew the rest of our winter squash – except we spaced 20′ between plants instead of 2 ½’. Giant pumpkins are great because The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth is the largest grassroots plant breeding effort in the world, with thousands of members in dozens of countries all focused on one thing – improving genetics for bigger pumpkins. That’s right, thousands of people think plant breeding for giantism is cool. Here at Adaptive Seeds, at least one of us is in agreement.
Pumpkin, Montana Jack (Organic)$3.50–$24.00
Cucurbita pepo. 75 days.
This jack-o-lantern was orange in mid-August from an early June transplanting! We never would have thought it possible without seeing it with our own eyes. Many jacks are late to mature; this one is so early you can forget planting it until July and probably still have good results. Fruit average 8-10 lbs, and we had a few up to 20 lbs. Good variation in size and shape, with the majority being more round than tall. Average 4 fruit per plant. Bred by the one and only John Navazio to be an early ripening pumpkin for areas with a short growing season, it also has very good flavor for a carving-type pumpkin. This variety is a perfect example of how excellent open pollinated varieties can be when given the proper attention. We don’t need no stinkin’ hybrids!
Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin Party (Organic)$3.80–$20.00
Cucurbita pepo. 80-90 days.
We searched high and low for open pollinated pie pumpkins and were amazed at how few varieties we could get our hands on. After months of scouring the internet and the Seed Savers Exchange, we wound up with 11 varieties, including several heirlooms that came with no description or info beyond the name. We grew them all together, letting them cross freely, and this is the result. We’re hoping to develop a new variety or two out of this mix, but in the meantime are happy to offer the Pie Pumpkin Party. Typical pie pumpkin color and shape, fruit vary in size from 2-7 lbs. Some have slight netting on the skin like Winter Luxury. Each variety passed a taste test before contributing seeds to the mix. There were some definite flavor and texture variations, but all make good pies; Early Sweet Sugar Pie even won the annual Caughlin Pumpkin Pie Contest. Parents include Big Red California Sugar, Hondo Small Sugar Pumpkin, New England Sugar Pie, Paarman Sugar Pumpkin, Winter Luxury, Early Sweet Sugar Pie, and more, along with Cinnamon Girl PMR F1. This is a collaborative breeding project with Keegan Caughlin of Taproot Growers and we’re excited to see where it goes!
Seed produced by Taproot Growers in Springfield, Oregon.