Ornamental Pumpkins, Gourds and Squash Have Arrived at Central Market


Now that the temperature has dipped below triple digits, we can start to contemplate fall and everything it entails. The change of season means a change in flavors the arrival of beautiful pumpkins, squash and ornamental gourds grown by J&A Farms. Stop by your Central Market this weekend to see our displays.

J&A mother-daughter duo Ann Hartman and Rhonda Bowlin grow ornamental pumpkins, squashes and gourds from seed in the small farming community of Plains, Texas, southwest of Lubbock. J&A’s fields are flush with more than 100 types of gourds, including varieties from heirloom seed originally grown by the pilgrims; native seed from the Indians of the Southwest and Mexico; and other seed from countries such as Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Brazil, Thailand, Japan and South Africa.

These ornamentals are lovely au naturel, gathered in a wooden bowl for an everyday fall centerpiece. If you’re more ambitious, find gourds with flat bottoms and create candleholders. Simply cut holes in the tops large enough to fit tapered candles, and you’ll have naturally chic accents for your buffet table. Or scoop out all the innards and use the gourds as vases filled with a few fall blooms.

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