Fall fun at Matthys Farms: Pumpkins, mums and more

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away but it's not too late to get that family pumpkin if you haven't already.

Friday on 16 Morning News we took you live to Matthys Farm in South Bend to show you some tips on how to make the perfect pumpkin pie and pick out the perfect pumpkins.

Terri Matthys, the owner of the farm, says to look for pumpkins with firm and strong stems because they tend to last longer and to cook with smaller pie pumpkins instead of the larger ones typically used for carving.

Unlike in years past that have been too rainy and damp, this year has been a better than average year - producing a fantastic crop.

To extend the longevity of your pumpkins, all they need is a little TLC.

“Rinse them with a mild bleach water solution and then rinse them off. That will kill any organisms that will normally penetrate the fruit around the bottom and around the stem,” Matthys said.

If you use them as decoration outside, Matthys had this piece of advice:

“Throw a rug or a towel underneath them or a pile of straw just because the freezing and thawing of concrete will rot the bottoms of the pumpkins.”

Matthys Farm and Market also has hayrides, a petting zoo, live music and a corm maze. They're located on Crumstown Highway in South Bend.

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