Pick only fully ripe firm pumpkins, free from cuts, soft spots and bruises. The flesh should feel hard, and not give easily. Clip the pumpkin off of the vine making sure to leave enough for a good handle. Pumpkins will ripen only very slightly after being cut from the vine. Cure a fresh-picked pumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Curing toughens the rind, making it less prone to rot. Pumpkins will keep for months in a cool (50 F to 65F dry, low humidity environment; such as a cool, dry basement or garage.
Pumpkins are weighed at our farm. All pumpkins are $.40/lb unless otherwise marked.