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U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

The u-pick pumpkin patch at Wiard's Orchards & Cider Mill, in Ypsilanti, Michigan is very popular on October weekends. We have a variety of sizes, but one color, orange! We also have fun for the family and a great place to take pictures. Most of the pumpkins that we sell are used for Jack O'Lanterns. Below is some information on pumpkins that we, at Wiard's find fascinating. Share some of these fun facts with the children before you bring them out to pick that very special pumpkins.

Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico dating back to 7000 to 5500 B.C. References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon" which is "pepon." "Pepon" was changed by the French into "pompon." The English changed "pompon" to "Pumpion."

Native American Indians used pumpkins as a staple in their diets centuries before the pilgrims landed. They also dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. Indians would also roast long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and eat them. When white settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the Indians and pumpkin soon became a staple in their diets.

As today, early settlers used them in a wide variety of recipes from desserts to stews and soups. The origin of pumpkin pie is thought to have occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and then filled it with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in the hot ashes of a dying fire.

We have some of the best Jack O'Lantern pumpkins in Washtenaw County. Wiard's Apple Orchards and Cider Mill provides apples, pumpkins and fun for the entire family. For the brave at heart, remember, Night Terrors at Wiard's, the largest haunted thrill park in Michigan. Where the pumpkins turn to haunted monsters!

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