The fall is back. The leaves are changing color, pumpkin spice and apple cider are in the crisp air, which can only mean one other thing. It’s pumpkin carving season! We’ve watched our beautiful pumpkin patch grow over the season. We’re so excited to be able to invite our customers back to pick out their perfect (or imperfect) pumpkins and gordes! Over the years, there’s always one question that frequently pops up when people visit: “What do I do with the pumpkin after it’s carved?” People have so much fun carving out their designs, whether they stick to a traditional jack o’ lantern face or take their carving skills to the next level, but they never know what to do afterward. Here are just a few ways you can use all of the “pumpkin guts.”

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: This is one of the first suggestions you’ll see because it’s the easiest to do. Pick out the pumpkin seeds from the rest of the pulp, grab two teaspoons of melted butter, a pinch of salt, and preheat the oven to 300℉. In a bowl, mix everything to coat the seeds. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until golden brown, which is usually about 45 minutes. Stir them around occasionally, so they don’t burn. For a little extra flavor, sprinkle some cinnamon on them!

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Pumpkin Juice: With spooky season close, you can indulge in your favorite witch or wizard’s comfort drink. You’re going to need the pumpkin pulp, pumpkin juice, apple juice, apricot nectar, vanilla essence, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar. The entire process takes about an hour and a half, but you’ll feel like you’re making the perfect brew in your cauldron!

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Pumpkin Butter: Want something a little different for your toast? Try pumpkin butter! What’s even better is you can make a large batch and hand them out as gifts for the upcoming season! You’re going to need a slow cooker for this delicious treat. You’ll need pumpkin, butter, sugar, apple juice, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. This a crockpot recipe, so you’re able to mix it all and let it cook. Your house will be smelling like fall in no time!

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Bonus! What can you do with the carved pumpkin?

We all know how sad it is to see the pumpkin start looking unpleasant. Instead of seeing it wither away until you toss it, here are some great ways to get rid of your pumpkin.

● Compost It: Pumpkins make excellent fertilizer because they’re full of nutrients. Add it to your existing compost pile and call it a day. Make sure all of the seeds are gone; otherwise, your compost will turn into a garden.

● Bury It: If you don’t have a compost pile, you can bury it in your winter garden or freeze it to save for your spring garden!

● Share It: Let creatures nearby have a treat. Deer, squirrels, birds, etc., will thoroughly enjoy your carved pumpkin. Put it in a spot away from the house though otherwise, you might have more visitors than you anticipated.

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