pumpkins

Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Field Notes: Midwest pumpkins on Thanksgiving plates

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.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Midwest farmers put the pumpkin in your Thanksgiving pie

Food giant Nestle owns the Libby’s Pumpkin label. Located in Morton, Ill., it’s the biggest reason why locals call Morton the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.”
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

This Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meal with a little slice of the Midwest. That’s because the vast majority of all pumpkin that comes from a can and winds up in a pie got its start on a vine in Illinois.

Pumpkin patches are popular destinations for families seeking fall fun, and you’ll find roadside farm stands all over the country. But this is big business in Illinois, where farmers feed canning factories hungry for special kind of pumpkin that looks nothing like those you see on Halloween.

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