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From Seedling to State Fair

Halloween is a great time to teach your kids about agriculture and botany. Where exactly did that pumpkin you bought for your jack-o‘-lantern come from? How much work does it take for one to grow?

Well it took competitive pumpkin grower Matt Radach of Camano Island, WA 119 days to grow his prize-winning gourd. Radach documented his process in this awesome time-lapse video below. His pumpkin came in 6th place at the Washington State Fair at 636lbs. I wonder what Radach plans on doing with that beauty? It would make one big pie…

A pumpkin is a great fruit to learn about, as it is low in calories, fat, and sodium, yet high in fiber. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, iron, and potassium. For a fun pumpkin treat, try our pumpkin smoothie recipe.

For more fun pumpkin facts, check out this “gordgeous” History Channel video on everything you ever wanted to know about the pumpkin. And if your preteen wants to get inside the head of a teen pumpkin grower, have them rifle through the pages of the novel Squashed.

Thank you Radach for giving us a video to make the growing process more transparent. Call us when you decide what to do with that pumpkin.


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