Did you ever see the Charlie Brown show where they were talking of “the Great Pumpkin” and the pumpkin patch? Memories of childhood reflected by many the importance of one orange colored vegetable – the pumpkin. It is a plant that trails over the ground and produces many pumpkins.
Pumpkin festivals have kept this plant from being forgotten. Small-town pumpkin festivals keep the interest in this solid vegetable. The history of the pumpkin is a long one. However, it was never eaten by the Pilgrims’ famous 1621 feast. Instead, people have gotten a creative imagination. They thought it was eaten then, and continued this dream. When in reality it was never present.
Volumes of pumpkins grown remind us how the pumpkin industry has grown. From 71,700 tons of pumpkin grown in the United States in 1949, to over 1 million tons in 2007, shows just how fascinated with pumpkins are Americans. Of course, if you enjoy celebrating Halloween, you no doubt have at least one carved pumpkin sitting outside on your doorstep, with either a candle burning inside or a flashlight left on. This shows very nicely the artistic abilities of the pumpkin carver.
Roadside stands of every shape and size of pumpkins adorn rural areas of the United States. Wholesale markets offer the buyer cheaper options than upscale grocery stores that might sell white or gigantic orange pumpkins. Pick-your-own pumpkin farms attract many families from suburban areas. Although they might not be cheaper than in a city store, providing the family experience of choosing the right pumpkin with your family is still very much done. I remember going on hayrides with other daycare parents and children as an annual daycare field trip. We would go bumping along, sitting tightly together in a wagon being pulled behind a farm tractor. It was exciting for our toddlers!
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