December 3, 2013
This was a great year for pumpkins in Virginia City. I grew the little sugar pie pumpkins like the one pictured, and this year I was able to harvest almost a dozen before the deer came from Washoe Valley and had a feast with everything in the garden. Last year they even ate the green pumpkins on the vine. I love fresh pumpkin for all of the wonderful traditional holiday recipes. Sugar pie pumpkins are the ones not used for Jack-o’-lanterns, but grown especially for cooking. Try replacing butternut or acorn squash with pumpkin in any recipe featuring the winter squash.