Pumpkin Blossom Festival
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Hilbert, WI -
Planting Pumpkins 101:
- Even in winter, whenever possible, the farmer will spread manure in the pumpkin patch.
- Early spring we begin to prepare the soil for planting by cultivating it. Cultivating pulverizes the soil, aerates it and helps prepare a smooth, loose seedbed.
- The first of June we plant the pumpkin seed.
- During the summer months the bees do their part by pollinating the female pumpkin flower which bears the pumpkin fruit.
- By early September many pumpkins are already orange enough to pick.
- When planting a variety of sizes, you can expect 2,000-2,500 pumpkins per acre.
- Pumpkins, if picked early, should remain in a cool dry location and out of direct sun light.
- Over 15,000 Amish live in Wisconsin. It has the 4th largest Amish population in the country, behind Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
- The Amish avoid most of the conveniences of modern technology including automobiles, televisions, tractors and computers. They value rural life, manual labor, humility and faith in God.
- As mid-westerners we are intrigued by the lifestyle of the Amish who are known for their plain dress, their exceptionally well-made wood furniture, baked goods, guilts and baskets.
- Most Amish cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery.
- Without the assistance and hard labor of the horse an Amish farm would not be able to survive. They use draft horses in the field and a carriage horse to pull their buggies.
- Just as our automobiles come in many designs and styles so does the Amish buggy. There are open buggies, and closed 2 door and 4 door buggies. Two seaters, four seaters etc.
Enjoy buggy rides, and pumpkin picking at the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Blossom Festival - September 15 & 16, 2012 at Mulberry Lane Farm. Enjoy a FREE slice of Amish made pumpkin pie with your paid admission. Amish Buggy Rides are available for a small fee.