Spotlight on pumpkins: After Halloween, find a delicious second use for your jack o’lantern

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Oct 27, 2010 - 04:16 PM

Photo: Pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and forms can be found at Belmont Pumpkin Farm in Mathews. Cammie Gustafson-Flanagan is there to make sure you enjoy a hayride, tour, good food and the pleasure of selecting a pumpkin to take home. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and forms can be found at Belmont Pumpkin Farm in Mathews. Cammie Gustafson-Flanagan is there to make sure you enjoy a hayride, tour, good food and the pleasure of selecting a pumpkin to take home. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Are they fruit or vegetable, these round, bright orange balls we see in stacks along roadsides, peeking through the green foliage in farmers’ fields, and piled in grocery stores?

According to what makes a so-called fruit a fruit, the pumpkin is a fruit because it has seeds in it and comes from a flower. We will be seeing a lot of this fruit from now through November and there is no better place to get into the pumpkin spirit than at Belmont Pumpkin Farm in Mathews County at North.

Cammie Gustafson-Flanagan has been operating this family-owned-business, the Belmont Pumpkin Farm, since 1982 when she stopped raising strawberries and went totally pumpkin. The Belmont farm is open from October 1 through 31; and people come by the busload to see and enjoy what this farm has to offer. Children and adults can take a hayride, visit the animals (goats, rabbits, turkeys, sheep, pigs, chickens), travel through a maze, play in the playground, enjoy good foods and drinks, pick a pumpkin and even paint a face on it to take home. On the shelves placed among rows of pumpkins that are for sale one can find jellies, jams and relishes that are also for sale. These items, all four, you do not want to miss.