Shop Talk : Where to get your Martha's Vineyard pumpkin
Photo by Tim Johnson
The fall harvest time is here and it brings a plethora of one of our favorite holiday symbols and squash: pumpkins. Pumpkins are recognized symbols for two of our biggest annual holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. If you are planning on designing your own pumpkin patch, or are planning on completing just one perfectly carved pumpkin, you have many options of places to get pumpkins and supplies.
If you want the largest selection to make your pumpkin patch, I suggest a trip to Jardin Mahoney's Garden Center on the corner of the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and County Road in Oak Bluffs. There you will find a huge selection of pumpkins ranging from the size of a grapefruit for $1 through larger sizes at $2, $3, and all the way up to huge pumpkins at $8. They even have a variety of styles and colors, from traditional, to white and even odd-shaped multi-colored pumpkins. While there, you can add some corn stalks for $8.96 and medium sized mum plants for $6.96. The mums are multi-colored and at various stages of bloom, so whether you want the bright colors now or in three weeks, they have the plants for you.
Vineyard Gardens on State Road in West Tisbury also has some great fall decoration selections. Their pumpkins are in, and there's a fabulous sale when you purchase multiple mum plants. You can choose from small, medium, and large plants. The medium-sized choices are, in themselves, huge, and are only $20 for your choice of three. They are gearing up for their Harvest Festival (this Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm), so rather than tell you their wonderful surprises of fall colors, you can stop by and see them yourself. Bring the whole family. They will not only have their fall displays, but they will also have nature crafts, chili, hot dogs, caramel apples, and jalapeño corn bread.
Morning Glory Farm has, as always, truly embraced the season and has raised the bar on supporting the great pumpkin. You don't have to wait until their much-anticipated Pumpkin Festival (on October 16 from 11 am to 4 pm) to get your perfect pumpkin. Instead, you may stroll in now to pick your very own pumpkin from their wonderful pumpkin patch in front of the Farm Stand. Pumpkins are sold by the pound.
Additional stops for pumpkin gathering: Eden Market and Garden Center in Vineyard Haven, Donaroma's Nursery in Edgartown, and Middletown Nursery in West Tisbury.
If you prefer a more unusual, or perhaps more original pumpkin, you might like to visit Martha's Vineyard Glassworks. Yes, I did say Glassworks. There they have elevated the pumpkin to its highest form as exhibited by the amazing hand blown glass pumpkin selection. When you walk into their showroom, you will be overwhelmed by the colorful display of their very own glass pumpkin patch. These pumpkins are made in both traditional orange, and nontraditional colors such as the unique purple pumpkin with a curly emerald green stem. Some are clear while others are opaque, but all are originals. They have many different sizes to choose from, which range from $70 to $225. A benefit to choosing one of their pumpkins is that it will last many lifetimes and always can be a centerpiece in your home. They also make wonderful gifts, so maybe you want to choose several on your next trip.