JOIN US AT MAXEYS FARM SHOP TO
P..P..PICK UP A PUMPKIN!
The History of P..P..Pick up a Pumpkin
P..P..Pick up a Pumpkin began in 2012 in a small field next to the shop. James would wait patiently for customers to choose their pumpkin and call him over to cut it off with his gran's long handled secateurs. Over the years it has grown and grown into bigger sections of the farm. We are known for miles around as the 'Pumpkin Farm Shop'. We adapt each year to customer requests from the extra food to the gift tent! All of the stands are cooking or selling many of our home made products as a showcase for the foods you can buy in the shop to take home and enjoy.
P..P..Pick up a Pumpkin is a wonderful experience for all ages - with plenty of activities to please the whole family! Not to mention a unique photo opportunity!
We are situated on the main road between Newark & Mansfield (A617) in Kirklington, Nottinghamshire.
P..P..Pick up a Pumpkin is open every day...9th October to 31st October 2021 9am to 5pm!
Admission £2 per person, under 16's free - 9th to 15th October (off peak)
Admission £3 per person, under 16's free - 16th to 31st October (peak)
No need to book, just turn up!
Mini Squashes start from 50p!
Pumpkins start from £2!
Sizes range from miniature to XXXL! The colours range from Orange, Green, Blue and White
We also have a wide selection of Squashes - perfect for cooking or creating a weird and wonderful Halloween display!
Our squashes include Onion Squash, Crown Prince, Spaghetti Squash and Turks Turban!
Remember to TAKE CARE in the field! The Pumpkins are grown where you pick them so the ground may be uneven and muddy. Wellies or boots are the best footwear.
The stalks of the Pumpkins can be prickly and break off so please pick the Pumpkin up at the base!
To view our FAQs and any further information please go to the contact page.
Please check our social media pages for weather updates to make sure we are open!
(Just in case of bad weather)
April - May Our Pumpkins get planted.
May - June The Pumpkins begin to sprout.
June - July The Pumpkins start to flower.
July - September The Pumpkins start to grow.
September - October The Pumpkins are ready!
INTERESTING PUMPKIN FACTS...
-The name 'Pumpkin' comes from the Greek word 'pepon', meaning 'large melon'.
-Pumpkins were once used as a cure for freckles and a remedy for snakebites! Nowadays Pumpkin Seeds help men avoid prostate cancer!
-Seeds from plants related to the Pumpkin have been found in Mexico, and date back to between 7000 and 5500 B.C.
-The word 'Pumpkin' showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.
-The original Jack-O'-Lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish. Pumpkin carving stems from a Celtic Tradition of turnip carving to ward off evil spirits!
-The worlds largest Pumpkin recorded was more than 5 feet in diameter and weighed over 1800 pounds!
-Each Pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
-There are more than 500 different varieties of Pumpkins worldwide!
-Pumpkins are technically fruit but because of their savoury taste many people call them vegetables.
-Pumpkins are 90% water - making them very low calorie! They also have more fibre than kale, more potassium than bananas and are full of heart-healthy magnesium and iron!
The History of Halloween Pumpkins
Carving faces into pumpkins has been dated back centuries to an Irish myth about a man called 'Stingy Jack'.
Jack tricked the Devil into turning itself into a silver coin to pay for a drink, but then put the coin in his pocket next to a silver cross, preventing the Dark Lord from changing back into its original form. Only when the Devil agreed not to bother Jack for a year, did Jack free him from his pocket.
The next year, Jack tricked the Devil again, by convincing him to climb a tree. Whilst in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the tree, preventing the Devil from coming down. Jack only released the Devil when he promised not to bother Jack for another 10 years.
Soon after, Jack died. However, due to his naughty deeds God refused him entry into Heaven and the Devil refused him entry into Hell. Jack was sent into the darkness of the night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and, according to myth, has been roaming the Earth with it ever since!
The Irish referred to this ghostly figure as Jack O' Lantern and in Ireland & Scotland people made their own versions by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes to keep Stingy Jack at bay.
When Irish & Scottish folk travelled to the United States, they introduced Jack O' Lanterns, and they realised that a native vegetable, the Pumpkin, was perfect for the job!