Louie’s Pumpkin Patch
Welcome to Louie's Pumpkin Patch!
A new growing season is underway
Harvest Festival at Rörs Bygdegård Hall - 2016
September 24 - 25, 2016
Harvest Festival at Rörs Bygdegård Hall - 2015
September 26 - 27, 2015
Harvest Festival at Rörs Bygdegård Hall - 2014
September 27 - 28, 2014
Harvest Festival at Rörs Bygdegård Hall - 2013
Harvest Festival at Rörs Bygdegård Hall - 2011
This is what it looked like 2010!
We visited Inger Johanne and Arne Ulfeng in Fredrikstad, Norway. They recently published a book about pumpkins and squash with good recipes and wonderful pictures. It is only in Norwegian, but if you're interested, contact them at email@example.com or visit "Gresskarfarmen" (pumpkin patch in Norwegian).
Seeds of many of the cultivars of squash and pumpkins shown on Louie's Pumpkin Patch homepage are available from
Read about pumpkin history here .
Read about pumpkin fun facts and trivia here.
In Sweden we plant after risk for frost, usually around May 15. Check what Johnny's Selected Seeds recommends for pumpkins and winter squash.
Our goal is to introduce pumpkins and squash into Swedish cuisine. This is done by growing, demonstrating, and exhibiting many different varieties of pumpkins and squash.
Profile – Louis Lehmann:
A little about myself
My hobby is growing squash and pumpkins. I'm an American who brought this hobby with me to Sweden, along with my wife Myra and daughter Kassie in 1972. By profession I have been a plant breeder working mainly with cereals. In 2001 I had more than 150 different varieties, which I have received from all over the world. I have been having trials here in Sweden since 1973. I have trialed about 580 varieties and experimentals of squash, pumpkins and gourds. I have also trialed about 35 varieties of ornamental and sweet corn. At present I am usually trialing about 70 varieties of squash, pumpkins and gourds. I am also trialing about 7 varieties of sweet corn.
These trials have been mainly for selecting early types
that do well here. It is also very interesting to see the variation occurring in
Cucurbita. I had along with a friend been trying for many years to
introduce various types of summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins into the
Swedish diet. This went very slowly, but one can see today the greater variation
found in the supermarkets. We've also been trying to get more farmers and
households to grow a larger variety of squashes and pumpkins. Halloween has
become very popular here. My main interest has however been in gourmet types.
See theProgress Reports which were sent to participating seed suppliers.
SeeWhere is Sweden? This is a paper presented at the "Cucurbitaceae 2000" held in Israel March 19-23, 2000. This describes some of our work and results.
Available only in Swedish (endast på svenska):
Our granddaughter thinks Grandpa's grey winter squash developed in New Zealand by Hybrid Seed Company New Zealand Ltd (www.hybridseed.co.nz) is very sweet. Notice that her dish is empty and she is showing off her two new front teeth. Her bib says, "I love Grandpa".
After cooking, mix in blender until smooth. Add nothing -- it is already sweet and full of vitamin A.
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