Squash Seed Harvest 2018

24 Sep

Squash is one of my favorite crops, not only is the end product delicious, it’s also so beautiful to see all this squash!!

Just acres and acres of bright orange!!

Until the harvesters show up that is. Then the smashing, tumbling, and separating begins.

These harvesters grab the squash, tumble it around to separate the seeds from the meat, and then dump into a truck to be taken for cleaning and drying. After they are all clean and dry the seeds go to be roasted and seasoned and then show up in the snack food aisle as pumpkin seeds.

This all makes for some very ooey gooey fields afterwards. Which for some reason doesn’t seem to bother our farm kids one bit!

While squash harvest in and of itself is cool, getting to share it with our family on our family farm makes it pretty special. It gives me great pride to be standing in a field looking at something that we grew, we took care of and now are harvesting…and to be sharing all of that with the 4th generation on our farm, well…it just checks one more box on the list of “Why I Farm”.

3 Responses to “Squash Seed Harvest 2018”

  1. blueticked September 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    Wow! I’d have never guessed!!


  2. Wallace Benson September 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    Like the post, but I call them pumpkins. Is there a way to harvest them so that the flesh can be used? Of course it is probably good organic matter to incorporate into the soil.

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    • Nuttygrass September 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      Some varieties you can, but not all. Also not all processors are set up to do both.

      And yes, great organic matter back into the soil!


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