Got a real pumpkin on your list of things to buy this season? Most people do, whether to carve as a jack o’ lantern or simply to add a Fall touch to their indoor or outdoor decor.
Pumpkins are everywhere, from grocery stores to home improvement stores. But why not directly support the local farmers that help you to grow these icons of the season?
Choosing a pumpkin at a local roadside stand, along with some delicious apples and fresh apple cider, signals the start of Fall for me. Maybe you live in an urban setting with no local farmers and roadside stands, though. Well, how about taking a drive to the country (it’s a great weekend family event!) or supporting a church or charity that is selling pumpkins in order to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the country, but I just can’t imagine picking out a pumpkin by pulling it out of a large cardboard box and putting in on the conveyor belt along with a new toothbrush and some cleaning supplies. Not that I haven’t had to resort to that once or twice in the past, but more often than not, picking out pumpkins is an event just as important as Halloween.
So find a local farm – www.localharvest.org can help. Go to a farmer’s market or co-op. Take a drive to the country. Look for pumpkin patches at a nearby place of worship. Support a local charity that might be selling pumpkins. When it comes to sharing the joy and spirit of the season, let’s do what we can when we can to directly support those people who are working so hard for all of us.
October 26, 2010
Kimberly Button is the creator of Get Green Be Well, and is a green living enthusiast, journalist and founder of greenWell, an eco-wellness consulting company in Orlando, FL.
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