It’s That Time
by Carol Bodensteiner, photo courtesy Amy Solsma
Tired of the same-old, same-old orange pumpkin? How about one that’s pink, buff, green, blue, or red? Or one that looks like an alien pod? “Anyone can get an orange pumpkin,” says Amy Solsma, whose family grows 65 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash on 6 acres near Sanborn in northwest Iowa. Solsma’s Punkin Patch has become known as the place to find unusual shapes and colors. Early in the season the “crazy stuff” sells fast, according to Solsma. Closer to carving time, traditional orange is in demand. What happens to any left over? “We crack them open and the cows do the rest,” Solsma says. “They love them.” Regardless of color.
Check out Solsma patch offerings at solsma.com.
Locate other Iowa pumpkin patches at pickyourown.org.
Solsma’s Punkin Patch
6190 320th Street
Sanborn, Iowa 51248