Story of the Stem

At the heart of every Hot Skwash is the marriage of nature and design.  When a "Hot Skwasher" creates each unique gift, she looks at the silky velvet pumpkin body that has been hand cut, hand sewn and hand filled, and she begins that magical process of selecting just the right real stem to make a true work of art.  "A thick one?  Twisty? More speckled or smooth?"  Only she knows.  Keeping our women well stocked with outstanding stems is a labor of love that is core to our business.

Hot Skwash partners with local farmers of pumpkins, squash and gourds to glean their woody stems and create unique works of decorative art.  Every harvest is different and each of our farmers takes great pride in growing the best.  Decades of choosing just the right seeds, knowing the right location and the right time to plant contributes to an ever changing journey with mother nature that we are privileged to take.    From Woodburn to West Linn to Sauvie Isand, Oregon,  we have developed long lasting wonderful relationships with honest, hardworking, conscientious tenants of the land.  We have evolved from cleaning up their unwanted stems from the barn floors to creating ongoing fruitful business relationships where we share our successes together.  This is why we do what we do.  Developing local businesses that share mutual success is key to making our world a better place. 

Starting in 2015, Hot Skwash began partnering with a family friend/farmer to grow the perfectly balanced variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds exclusively for our silk velvet pumpkin line a short drive from our home.    We look forward to what she offers us this year and the next and the next.

Visit our stem gallery to see what's growing!