Field Notes: Midwest pumpkins on Thanksgiving plates

Nov 22, 2013

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.