"Boston's official pumpkin" made its triumphant journey to the city on Wednesday. Now, what to call this massive blob of a vegetable?
Visitors to the Boston Public Market, the new indoor produce and artisanal eats destination in Haymarket Square, were invited to contribute some ideas. Votes were being collected at the info booth. Whoever's name idea is chosen takes home a BPM tote bag, a sign said.
A veritable God of gourds, the as-yet-unnamed pumpkin from Red Apple Farm in Phillipston weighed in at 1,020 pounds - enough guts to make more than 400 pumpkin pies - and was the biggest of four gargantuan orbs of seedy goop delivered to the market this week. They plan was to keep them there all season long.
Want to know how many seeds fit in a 1,020 pound pumpkin? 975,000.
To celebrate the season, BPM planned to host a cooking with pumpkin demonstration from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday. Then on Sunday, look for the BPM pumpkin patch on the plaza along the Rose Kennedy Greenway (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.), carve a pumpkin at "Pumpkinpalooza!" (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) or make a flower arrangement in a pumpkin vase (3-5 p.m., $25 per pumpkin).
The pumpkin is also on Twitter, because of course it is. Follow it at @BPMPumpking.