Sunday, October 27, 2013

Urban Roots in holiday mood with pumpkins

 Harvest season has come upon us once again, and local community garden center Urban Roots has all of the farm connections to make this time of year a success.
Pumpkins are of the utmost demand, with Halloween being right around the corner. Urban Roots gets their pumpkins from the Kelkenberg Farm of Akron. Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, Urban Roots manager, remembers visiting the farm with her son before they became a pumpkin supplier.

“I used to take my son out there because they have a beautiful farm, and they'll take you on a horse-drawn cart out to the pasture and pick your own pumpkins,” she said.

Jablonski-Dopkin says that their shipment from the Kelkenbergs included both smaller, pie pumpkins and larger, jack-o-lantern pumpkins.

“The larger pumpkins you really don't cook with. It's the smaller pie pumpkins that you're going to cook with,” she said.

According to Jablonski-Dopkin, Urban Roots received over 100 large pumpkins from the Kelkenberg harvest.

Clearly, even in the city, pumpkins are in high demand. Local community organization, The Westside Art Strategy Happenings Project, came to Urban Roots to pick up pumpkins for a carving contest on Oct. 20.

No need to fret once the pumpkin inventory is cleared out though; heirloom squashes and gourds will be available for purchase through the end of the season. Urban Roots members can educate those who are interested about the best ways to cook them for upcoming holiday meals. By Lauren Coppola and Samantha Wulff