Field Notes: Midwest pumpkins on Thanksgiving plates

Nov 22, 2013

Ackerman Farms in Morton, Ill., boasts over 160 varieties of pumpkins and squash.
Ackerman Farms in Morton, Ill., boasts over 160 varieties of pumpkins and squash.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Everyone knows the Midwest is a strong part of America’s breadbasket. But it’s also cradle to a huge pumpkin crop. That means this Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meals with a little slice of the Midwest. In this week's Field Notes, we feature a story about the Heartland's pumpkin crop from Harvest Public Media reporter Peter Gray.

To hear a conversation about the history of Thanksgiving food traditions and to get recipe ideas, tune into Intersection on Monday.