Somerset Farms FAQs

Here are questions that we are frequently asked:

 

Will the pumpkins last until Halloween?

Late August to September is a great time to pick pumpkins in Alberta! Getting them to last until Halloween is a matter of curing them properly, which is very easy to do (see "Curing Pumpkins" below". I keep pumpkins in my basement from September to April every year, because our family loves pumpkin muffins!

somerset halloween pumpkins

Have fun with your family picking your perfect Halloween Jack-O-Lantern at Somerset Farms!

 

What payment methods do you accept?

We are a cash only business at this time.

somerset farms payment terms

 

Is there an admission charge?

No. You only pay for the pumpkins you pick.

Somerset pumpkin prices

U-Pick Pumpkins - Pay what you pick!

 

Are you pet friendly?

Yes we are! Dogs are welcome to come visit our farm, but please ensure they are on leash in case any of our other guests are fearful. Also, please help us keep a clean place for all to enjoy and clean up after your dog.

somerset farms is dog friendly

Bring your dog along for a fun day of pumpkin picking!

 

My pumpkin has a blemish/sort spot on it, what should I do?

One of our guest shared a great treatment to prevent pumpkins from rotting. Scrape out the soft spot and get it down to hard flesh. Smear the scrape with honey and allow it to dry. The antibacterial properties of honey will allow the pumpkin to form an scab and prevent it from rotting! If the spot remains after the first treatment, repeat the steps until a scab forms.

somerset u pick pumpkins

Smear pumpkin blemishes with honey to prevent rotting.

 

Are there other activities to do on your farm?

We have a few picnic tables for families to use and a straw bale pile for children to play on.

enjoy a family picnc at somerset farms

Enjoy a family picnic afer you pick your pumpkins!

 

What should we bring?

A wagon is a good idea, shoes or boots suitable for a country walk, water and other snacks as we have no concession on site. Pumpkin plants and stalks are also quite prickly so long pants and closed toed shoes are highly recommended.

bring your wagon to somerset farms

Bring your wagon to haul your pumpkins home!

Curing pumpkins

How do I make my pumpkin last for more than a few weeks?

pumpkin faqs curing pumpkinsIf you want your pumpkin to last you need to cure them. Curing is a very simple process that involves hardening the skin and stem to protect the flesh inside from deterioration. If done correctly, your pumpkin should last for 3-6 months.

It is important to leave the stem as long as possible when cutting it from the vine (4 inches or more is ideal) and be sure to carry your pumpkin from the bottom and not the stem. Wipe off any excess dirt from the outside of your freshly harvested pumpkin and place it in a warm sunny location. Outside in the sun is ideal, and let it sit for about 2 -3 weeks. Rotate it periodically to make sure all sides are exposed to the sunshine but make sure you bring it indoors when frost or freezing temperatures are forcast. Pumpkins can not tolerate being frozen! Your pumpkin is cured when the stem dries up and the skin can no longer be pierced easily with your fingernail. Then bring it inside and store in a cool place, off the floor, until you need it.

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Edmonton & Area U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

1423 Township Road 514
Parkland County, AB T7Y 2P5

Directions to Somerset Farms from Edmonton

Go west on Hwy 627 until Rg Rd 15 (5 miles west of Hwy 779, the road to Stony Plain).

Go left/south on Rg Rd 15 until the road T's at Twp Rd 514, head left.

We are the 1st driveway on the right 1423 Twp Rd 514.


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