Not quite the end of September & i'm twitching to get started, ..by the end of the season I'll be spasming with wrist & finger cramps (RSI).
My local pumpkin patch as with ALL growers have not had the best of years with perhaps only 25% of last years stock available! ..so pick early & pick well if you wish to make a splash with your carvings in 2011.
Enquiries have been coming in as to the seasonal frenzy, not to mention another grower asking about carved pumpkins for supermarket displays... we'll have to see
I am gutted (no pun intended) that River cottage haven't come good with their usual autumnal special it's quite a shindig & river cottage is something I'd love to pop down to (wife comes from down that way & we're big fans of good seasonal food, sustainability in all shapes & forms, & each year I swear at the tv when I see what could've been carved out of all those pumpkins they use as backdrop for seasonal specials.
I'm being far more selective of what to do this season based on a piece that was written up last year, made us cringe so much we didn't pick up a copy of the magazine complete with photo's ..so bad it should've been left as trees instead of pulped for cheap tacky celeb story mags (& me / us as a filler story).