Ovation: The Pink Pumpkins of Freeman Farms.
With the little taste of cooler weather that we experienced last weekend, thoughts around our house turned to fall. The days will soon be noticeably shorter forcing outside chores and yard work to become weekend-only projects as daylight in the evenings becomes scarce. Come the first of October, I like to decorate the front porch for Halloween. For many years we had one lonely decoration. It was a big hollow plastic pumpkin. I brought it home one day autumn day many years ago, strapped into the passenger seat of my convertible as I drove home with the top down. I thought it would be a simple decoration that we could enjoy for years to come. I carefully placed it on the front porch, with stones and pebbles inside so it wouldn’t blow over in the wind, and waited for nightfall.
“You can see that pumpkin from outer space!” my loved ones exclaimed.
I had inadvertently selected a 100-watt bulb to insert into the pumpkin. As it was a cumbersome ordeal to change the bulb, I chose to leave matters be and convinced my family to take pride in the fact that they had the most brightly lit porch pumpkin in the neighborhood.
That 100-watt bulb lasted for at least five Halloweens before it finally gave out and by this time, I must admit, I was quite amused by the periodic smartassery (“When will that bright bulb ever burn out?!” and “Don’t you worry that your pumpkin will interrupt satellite signals?”) that accompanied my annual fall decoration. So, I quietly replaced the 100-watt bulb with another 100-watt bulb. And I bought a big plastic ghost, inserted a 100-watt bulb into it, carefully placed it on the front porch, with stones and pebbles inside so it wouldn’t blow over in the wind, and waited for nightfall! Ha! Double the wattage of Halloween fun!
This weekend, I’ll put them both on the front porch again. But I might add a real pumpkin. We saw some enormous white pumpkins at the local supermarket last weekend that were surprisingly inexpensive. I don’t know if the weather this year was perfect pumpkin growing weather or what, but these were gigantic white pumpkins and they were only eight dollars. But now I’ve learned about the pink pumpkins of Freeman Farms and I’d like to find one.
The pink pumpkins at Freeman Farms, in Chino Valley, Arizona, were initially grown by accident. A cross-pollination between a white Cinderella pumpkin and a red Cinderella pumpkin resulted in pretty pink pumpkins. Since October is also breast cancer awareness month, the pink pumpkins have taken on a whole new meaning. All the proceeds from the sale of their pink pumpkins will be donated to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. They hope to raise at least $25,000.00 for breast cancer research. Other pumpkin growers across the nation are also contributing to the cause.
As much as I’ve enjoyed decorating my porch every fall, I’m certain that I would enjoy it even more if I knew that some of the money I was spending was going to a good cause. And Jack-O-Lanterns that are carved from pink pumpkins look the same when they’re lit from the inside at night.
No matter what size bulb you decide to use.
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