Decoration or Eating?
To paint or carve: Look for a pumpkin that is visually appealing, evenly a deep orange. The shape should be whatever appeals to you.
Pick a pumpkin without cuts, soft spots or bruises. The pumpkin should feel hard. Make sure the stem is attached.
Keep pumpkins in a cool, 50 F to 65F dry, low humidity environment.
For baking, you need a small (8” to 10” in diameter), sweet type of pumpkin developed for eating. The insides of these pumpkins are less stringy and smoother than decorative pumpkins. You can find these pumpkins at grocery stores, many pumpkin patches or farm stands.
Look for firm pumpkins without soft spots or signs of rot.
Marietta Pumpkin Patches
Due West United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Proceeds benefit the Student Ministries. Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 are Family Fun Days with games, stories, bake sale and more. The pumpkin patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Oct. 12 through Oct. 31.
Mt. Zion UMC Pumpkin Patch: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church: Through Oct. 14, it will be open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Beginning Oct. 15 it will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew's UMC Pumpkin Patch: St. Andrew United Methodist Church hosts their pumpkin patch for the 27th year. Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and more for purchase. All proceeds from the patch support the Youth Ministry and Missions. 3455 Canton Rd. The Patch opens on Oct. 5. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 770-926-3488.