most of the pumpkin seeds that i planted this year did not grow.
but we still had a good year, pumkinly speaking.
a feature of our pumpkins, both at farmer's market and in our CSA boxes, were the "pre-carved" variety.
early in the season, while the pumpkins are still green and tender, take a thick nail or ball point pen, and write in the skin of the pumpkin. i carved several phrases, mostly "welcome", "welcome to our home" and "welcome to the (name of the family participating on our CSA)'s.
these pumpkins were popular sellers, and appreciated gifts, too. another benefit is that you can still use them for pies, as they don't rot like the traditionally carved ones do. next year i plan on doing lots more like these, as it's "value added" for them. some of the pumpkins went for $10.
and besides, they're fun and they look great on the porch steps!