Thursday, October 17, 2013

Playing with pumpkin seeds

It's fairly common knowledge that those seeds you pull out of your pumpkin can be toasted and seasoned to make a tasty autumn treat. But what to do with all of those seeds when you're carving or cooking with multiple pumpkins? Here at Historic Wagner Farm, we have a few ideas for you.

Feed 'em to the birds
Photo by Birds & Blooms
Pumpkin seeds aren't just tasty to us - birds love 'em too! Share your bounty with your fluttery friends. Before filling your bird feeder with pumpkin seeds, be sure to toast them just like you would for yourself. Do not add any salt or spices to the seeds you plan to share, though, because these seasonings could be harmful to the wildlife.

Photo by Reading Confetti

Create an artful masterpiece
We love this craft idea from Reading Confetti. Place some of your seeds in a plastic bag with a few drops of paint and squish them all together with your hands until the seeds are well coated. Repeat with various colors. Lay the seeds out on a covered surface. Once they're dry, use them to create a work of art!

Wear them with style 
Photo by Gingerbread Snowflakes
Using a thread and needle, you can create your very own harvest necklace. If you're looking for a colorful piece, paint your pumpkin seeds the same way you would above. For a more natural harvest look, mix your unpainted seeds with other festive "beads" like Indian Corn.

Tune in each Thursday for creative pumpkin ideas, and stop by the farm to pick up your own pumpkin and try it at home. Have a creative idea? Tweet us your suggestions. Autumn Sale hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.