The Pumpkins are coming, the pumpkins are coming!!

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”
Linus from It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown


Wait a minute.
Those are not pumpkins Julie.
Those are….acorn squash!
Well…. maybe not exactly pumpkins but they kind of look like little pumpkins….don’t they?
Acorn squash…pumpkins… pumpkins…acorn squash…one half dozen or the other….all in the family if you ask me. And since I haven’t gone to pick out my fall pumpkins yet (no, I didn’t grow any in the garden this year, I grew tasteless watermelons remember??), acorn squash will just have to do!

I love Fall and I love the subtle little fall decorations…pumpkins, indian corn, wheat, acorns, colorful leaves, my turkey plates….. Turkey plates? Yes, well a tad early for that but I’m on a roll here…..dried corn stalks, hay bales and more pumpkins.
And the colors…let’s not forget about the colors…
Beautiful warm browns and creams, burnt oranges, golden yellows, crimson and burgundy reds,….
And of course the weather…cool and crisp…soon, maybe soon, there will be a nip in the air and it will turn cool and crisp…maybe….yes, maybe soon……

So I got really excited, when I was at the grocery store earlier this week, and I spied the pretty acorn squash. Excitedly I look around. Gourds and squash are one thing but where are the pumpkins? Why don’t they have the pumpkins? There are already freaking Christmas trees with decorations at a great many of the retail stores and scattered all throughout the catalogs, so where are the pumpkins?? (don’t get me started on this Christmas business—we ate breakfast at a Cracker Barrel a couple of weeks ago– can you believe they had up a Christmas tree with decorations???!!…I’m sorry, is it still September or what??!!…..blast commercialism!!!….digress on that till later)—

Tomorrow I will go on my quest for Pumpkins. I will seek out my larger home improvement stores (aka Home Depot and Lowes) as well as the smaller local garden supply shops. I will seek out the produce market and fruit stands. I may even have to go to a local farm that has a pick your own patch…but I will find my pumpkins!!

I found these lovelies last year (I had more but this was the better shot)—the pink ones are the breast cancer pumpkins…yes, you heard me correctly, breast cancer pumpkins. A portion of sales of these pumpkins went to Breast Cancer Research….pretty cool eh? And yes, I usually get the standard orange globule pumpkins but I rather think the trendy heirlooms are quite lovely and very unique.


I’ll let you know what I find. As Linus sat undeterred and waited for his Great Pumpkin to appear, I too will wait for my great pumpkins

On Halloween night, the ‘Great Pumpkin’ rises out of the pumpkin patch, then flies through the air to bring toys to all the good little children everywhere. Wouldn’t you like to sit with me in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night and wait for the Great Pumpkin?


I can’t sit around waiting that long, I’m going tomorrow……