Although it might not seem like it at the moment, the truth is that fall is just around the corner. What does that mean for you, you ask? A trip to our pumpkin farm, of course! Whether visiting us has been a tradition for your family for years or you’re new to the area and you are looking for a pumpkin patch near Chicago, you’ll find plenty to love at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest!
Between the free selfie booth, the tractor pulled hayrack rides, the petting zoo, the haunted barn, and our famous pumpkin chucker which launches pumpkins over a quarter of a mile, there is certainly no shortage of things to do while you’re here. And we haven’t even mentioned the eats and treats yet which include our universally-loved fresh apple cider donuts as well as award-winning barbecue, woodfired pizza, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and more!
Of course the highlight of the trip is our pumpkin patch, and that got us to thinking. You probably know that pumpkins are fun to carve and to use in recipes (as we shared in a recent blog post), But for many, that’s as much knowledge they have on this orange…vegetable? Fruit? What is it? If you’re curious to learn more about pumpkins, today’s post is for you. Keep reading to get a few of our favorite little-known pumpkin facts.
Pumpkins Are Fruit
It seems like it would be a vegetable, but the truth is that pumpkins are fruit. Being a part of the gourd family, their cousins include watermelons, honeydew, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and zucchini. (So is a watermelon a fruit or a vegetable? It depends on who you ask.)
Pumpkins and Cinderella Go Hand in Hand
According to the folks at Good Housekeeping, “The word ‘pumpkin’ showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.” As you probably know, a humble pumpkin turns into the carriage that allows Cinderella to make her way to the ball.
Pumpkins Weren’t the First Jack-o-Lanterns
The folks at Real Simple are our source for this bit of fascinating trivia. According to their website, “The Jack-o-Lantern tradition dates back centuries, when people in Ireland decorated turnips and potatoes with scary faces to frighten away a scary character named ‘Stingy Jack,’ who, according to an old myth, roamed the Earth after his death.” While Stingy Jack isn’t someone we’d particularly like to meet, we’re thankful that this myth led to the creation of one of our favorite fall traditions of carving up a pumpkin.
The World’s Heaviest Pumpkin Weighs a Ton
The current Guinness World Record for heaviest pumpkin belongs to Mathias Willemijns of Belgium and its weight was recorded not so long ago in October of 2016. The final weight of this pumpkin? Just over 2,624 lbs, which is literally a ton. Now that’s truly impressive!
Pilgrims Enjoyed Pumpkin Beer
Although pumpkin beer sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter, the truth, according to The Spruce is that pilgrims “were known to make pumpkin beer by fermenting persimmons, hops, maple sugar and pumpkin.” Sounds like an intriguing idea to us!
Plan a Trip to Our Pumpkin Farm Today
If you’re looking for a pumpkin patch near Chicago, now’s the time to start planning your trip to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest! With pig races, a cracked corn box, the mega fun slide, and more, there’s plenty to love about a trip to visit us. You can even pop into our general store to grab a souvenir or two if you like! We have everything from home decor to pumpkin carving kits to clothes for you to enjoy. Oh, and we have some pretty wonderful candy as well.
Are you ready to plan your family’s annual fall tradition? Perhaps you’re looking to start a tradition off on the right foot? Whatever the case may be, our pumpkin farm offers plenty to see and do and we believe that you’ll have a blast from the moment you entire until the moment you leave. We’re located in Homer Glen, just 40 minutes outside of Chicago, and we’ve been here for nearly four decades.We look forward to sharing our space with you while you enjoy all of the best things that the autumn season has to offer!