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* Illinois is the number one pumpkin producer in the United States.

* The top 10 pumpkin producing counties in Illinois are: Tazewell, Mason Wayne, Peoria, Stark, Moultrie, Logan, Kane, McHenry, McLean.

* There is a difference between pumpkins you cook and the pumpkins you carve.

* Pumpkin is a fruit because they are part of the plant that contains seeds.

* Pumpkins are grown primarily for processing, with a small percentage grown for ornamental sales through you-pick farms, farmers' market, and retail sales.

* It takes 110 days for a pumpkin vine to produce mature pumpkins.

* Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, sodium and high in fiber.

* 80 percent of the pumpkins produced commercially in the United States are produced within a 90-mile radius of Peoria.

* Giant pumpkins can grow five pounds a day.

* Pumpkins can rage in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds.



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When to plant: Late May for northern locations, Early July for southern locations.

* Vine pumpkins require at least 50 to 100 square feet for growth; plant seeds one inch deep in the ground.

* Bush varieties: Plant seeds one inch deep, and three feet apart.

* Bees are needed to pollinate pumpkins.

* Pumpkins are ready to be picked with the rind is hard and a deep orange color.


PUMPKIN PATCHES & FARMS (always call to verify hours of operation)

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* Curtis Orchard - Champaign County

* Broom Orchard - Macoupin County

* Ackerman Farms - Tazewell County

* Gail's Pumpkin Patch - Logan County

* Bomke's Patch - Sangamon County

* The Great Pumpkin Patch - Moultrie County

* Rader Family Farms - McLean County

* Eckert's Farm - St. Clair County

* Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm - Dewitt County

* All Seasons Orchard - McHenry County

* Bandy's Pumpkin Patch - Williamson County

* Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm - Will County



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* Pumpkin Recipes.



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Posted on October 27, 2016

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