If the strange weather we’ve been having hasn’t been enough now we are hearing that the pumpkin crop in our area is ready to be sold now! Yep that’s right. Pumpkins are ready in August.
Not a problem having pumpkins early right? Well yes there is a problem when the local farmers inform us that they won’t have any left in October for Halloween.
I’m not a huge Halloween fan, the candy is too much for just about any child and the precautions you must take to ensure your children aren’t getting something tampered takes the fun out of the holiday.
But Pumpkins! I love the fall season when I can set out gourds, pumpkins and colored corn (known around here as Indian corn). I enjoy bringing indoors some of the fall leaves, acorns and pine cones. There is something special about decorating with the last of nature before winter sets in.
I rarely carved pumpkins with my children. They got out markers or finger paints to decorate their pumpkins, then before they spoiled we pulled out the seeds and cooked and froze the pumpkin for use in muffins and other treats throughout winter.
I’ve noticed a lot of the squashes and gourds are already out so now I’m wondering if any of these will be available this fall. Fall is my favorite time of year, I love the colors and textures I can bring into my home more than I enjoy a tree at Christmas time.
If this year isn’t a fluke weather-wise, I may have to get used to a whole new kind of Halloween and ways to bring autumn into my home.
Anyone else having this problem with their crops of pumpkin?