Russell and Lucy Calder are busy getting ready to welcome visitors back to pick a pumpkin on The Patch at Kilduff Farm. Together with traditional Halloween pumpkins, they also grow specific varieties of culinary pumpkins right in the heart of East Lothian. They are keen to encourage us all to eat more pumpkins this year and shine a light on what they believe to be the jewel in autumn’s seasonal crown.
Launched in 2018, the successful pick your own pumpkin patch on the family run arable farm near North Berwick is back from 16th October 2020 and tickets have already sold out.
Passionate and driven, Lucy and Russell have put their heart and soul into The Patch at Kilduff over the last few years. This year however the couple really are on a mission to start a pumpkin revolution.
They want to reach out to chefs, foodies and people cooking at home, to encourage more of us to cook and eat pumpkins grown on home turf, taking them from the patch to the dinner plate. The food waste associated with pumpkins is the real horror story of Halloween. Far scarier than the ghouls and witches haunting our imaginations on October the 31st.
In 2019 the dedicated culinary pumpkin patch was a huge hit, with several different varieties successfully grown, including Tractor, Kabocha, Jill Be Little, Festival and Crown Prince.
Lucy comments; “We’re really looking forward to welcoming new and familiar faces back to the The Patch at Kilduff this year, allowing them to enjoy wholesome family fun on our farm. Picking your own pumpkin ahead of Halloween is not only a great day out whatever age you are, but it’s also an opportunity to connect with nature and really learn and understand where our food comes from.Something we are really passionate about. After all pumpkins are not just for creating ghoulish doorstep decorations but are versatile, nutritious and delicious, whether grated, mashed, baked or roasted. The possibilities are endless and incredibly tasty.”
Lucy continues; “This year visitors can pick from over 6,000 pumpkins grown from seed by Russell and I and ourthree children. It certainly added a different slant to homeschooling during lockdown. Visitors can also enjoy some fun autumnal activities and sample local seasonal food and warm drinks to take the edge of the cool autumnal chill.”
So, if you do go down to The Patch at Kilduff this year make sure you take your pumpkin from the patch to the kitchen and cook something tasty with this seasonal star ingredient.
For more information visit Kilduff.co.uk and join the pumpkin revolution @kilduff_farm