Pumpkin Eaters

For our wedding, one of our friends grew 5 acres of pumpkins for decorations. Yep, 5 acres. They are farmers from Colusa, who happen to grow pumpkins for seeds and they decided that a row or two of pretty pumpkins would be no problem. Well, their rows are 1,500 feet long, which can grow quite a few pumpkins. They, and some of our other Ca Ag Leadership friends, picked them about 10 days before our wedding. They managed to fill a 4-horse stock trailer just about full. That is close to 3,000lbs of pumpkins!

happycouple

Don't mind the happy couple, just notice how many pumpkins are in the background.

Where did we have them? Let’s see:

  • We had them arranged along the road to the ranch.
  • We had them at the RV park as parking guides.
  • We had them by gate posts.
  • We had them on the house porch.
  • We had them decorating the gift table (BTW, made from our ton of alfalfa hay we got from a neighbor)
  • We had them decorating the bar, the band stage, and the cocktail lounge AKA the lawn.
  • We had them framing the aisle we walked down
  • We had them at the altar.
  • We had them on the dinner tables.
  • In short, we had them just about everywhere.

It was wonderful to have so many pumpkins; for the feeling of bountiful harvest, for the color and as a symbol of friendship. But the real question becomes, “what do you do with that many pumpkins especially when they start to rot?” Luckily, I came up with a brilliant answer – free range pigs.

As you saw in an earlier post, I just got some weaners about two weeks ago. After taking a day or two to settle in these guys have turned on and tuned into chowing down. Imagine 15 teenagers who have nothing to do besides eat, play and then eat some more and you can pretty much imagine how much feed these guys go through in a day. So in order to feed the raging beasts (as it were), I started to toss the pumpking over the fence to the pigs. After about the first day, they realized how yummy pumpkins truly are. But they have an interesting way of eating them. We humans tend to eat the outside and toss the inside. Pigs are the opposite, they hog down the inside pith and seeds, and leave the rind and meat behind. Maybe if they were older they would eat the rind as well, but right now they just want the seeds and they will pretty much do anything to be the one to get it.

I took some pictures of the last batch of pumpkins that I fed to the pigs. It was about to rain and I needed them gone so I gave the gluttons what they wanted – pumpkins galore.

PumpkinFace

Making sure that no else is going to get that last seed.

Pumpkin&Pig

Pumpkin overload, but they will get to them all soon enough.

PumpkinSea

"Can't you just let me eat my feast without the damn flash, bud?'

PumpkinEater

Oh, yeah, I am a pumpkin eater, even if my name isn't Peter.

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5 Responses

  1. I was wondering if they’d enjoy their seasonal feast! Those are some terrific pictures and the little guys make me so happy. Fun!

    • Hi Leslie,

      Yup, they are pumpkin eating machines. Unfortunately for them, they have finished off all 3k lbs worth of pumpkins. So now they are back to organic feed with some acorns tossed in (which is a post for later this week).

      Tyler

  2. Hey, Tyler,
    Glad the pigs are enjoying the pumpkins! It was our pleasure growing them for your wedding!

    Denise & Ben

  3. […] year, no so easy. However, there is a solution and it oinks. You read about how I got rid of my pumpkins earlier, well I am employing the same work force again, my free range […]

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