Category Archives: Carvings

Harvesting the 2016 Giant Pumpkins

All pre orders have been fulfilled so now it is time to harvest the remaining Giant Pumpkins ready for sale.

Each one is lifted and weighed and a photo added to the Pumpkins For Sale page and made available for sale.

Lifting giant pumpkins out of the field
Lifting giant pumpkins out of the field

The first three out weighed 379lb, 329lb and 175lb; all good carving shapes but, as is mostly the case with giants, lacking any vibrant orange colouring.

Please see  the Pumpkins For Sale page to view all the Giant Pumpkins available for sale.

How to select a pumpkin for 3D Carving

If you want to have a go at 3D Pumpkin carving then selecting the right pumpkin is key. Top pumpkin carver Brandy Davies has put together a short video explaining her thoughts on how to pick the best pumpkin for 3D pumpkin carving, explaining the different features that you should look for.

It is all fairly self explanatory but, if you have questions then we would be very happy to discuss the finer points when you are here at Big Pumpkins picking your perfect pumpkin. Go on – have a go!

Florence in the Pumpkin Patch

The weather was kind to the guys from Sand In Your Eye who came quite a distance to select and collect a wide range of the weird and wonderful pumpkins needed for their commissions.

Florence in the Pumpkin Patch
Florence in the Pumpkin Patch

The excitement of being in such a varied pumpkin patch all proved a bit too much for Florence who decided a little sit down in the afternoon sun was a better plan.

Really looking forward to seeing what Jamie and Claire produce for their clients and, hopefully, we will be adding a few pictures here in a week or so. Watch this space!

First Pumpkins Ready

Here we go…. the season has officially started! I can’t ever remember having sold pumpkins in August before but what the Supermarket Ad Agency wants, it gets.

Just three pumpkins were needed for a ‘green screen’ shot to be used in a promotion later in the year. It was an odd mix but who am I to argue.

The first pumpkins sold in 2016
A mixed bag. The first pumpkins sold in 2016
Our early pumpkins are ideal for photo shoots and Chefs alike!
Our early pumpkins are ideal for photo shoots and Chefs alike!

2016 August Update

Whilst we will be keeping the progress of the ‘giants’ under wraps for a while yet I Just thought the PR peeps, Pumpkin Carvers and the Chefs might want a quick peek at will be available later this season.

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These are our seed pumpkins and squashes which are grown indoors to ensure a more stable environment than the British summer can ever offer so we can better guarantee the quality of our seed stock for next year.

Being cosseted, these pumpkins tend to mature quite quickly which whilst having no advantage for the seeds it does allow any surplus indoor pumpkins to be sold to our TV and PR customers  for use in filming their Halloween episodes or event advertising.

Increasingly, the serious pumpkin carvers who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms also get in touch ‘to try out a new design’. Either way it keeps a lot of people happy!

Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkins

galeux pumpkinWe have only got a few of these warty offerings for sale; I think they will appeal more to the pumpkin carvers who want to do something different but they are in fact one of the very best varieties for eating.

The salmon coloured skin develops peanut like nodes as the sugar content builds in the ripening process. The more bumps, the greater the sugar content and the sweeter the squash.

Galeux D’ Eysines squash has a sweet flavor, with a smooth velvety texture free from the fibrous strings predominant in many squash varieties. The bright orange flesh is nutty, sweet, firm making it perfect for pies, steaming, baking, roasting, soups and more.

Galeux d’Eysines are generally weigh in at between 5 and 10kg.

A Halloween lantern carved from a 'Galeux d’Eysines' Pumpkin
A Halloween lantern carved from a ‘Galeux d’Eysines’ Pumpkin

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

What a great set of photos posted by Frosen in time from the 2014 Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival which claims to be the biggest in the world. Click Here to view all the photos.

Carving A Giant Pumpkin
Carving a Giant Pumpkin at Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival. Photo: Frosen in Time
Pumpkin on the Dunny at the 2014 LUDWIGSBURG PUMPKIN FESTIVAL by Frosen in Time
Pumpkin on the Dunny. Photo by ‘Frosen in Time’

The 2015 Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival will be held September 4th to November 8th at Blühenden Barock (Baroque in Bloom) Ludwigsburg, Germany. See their website for more details: http://www viagra france