October 17

Tuesday Treasures

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It’s pumpkin-carving time!! 

Here are the pumpkins and a few odd watermelons that were harvested from our inaugural patch this weekend.    Actually pumpkins were not the first vegetable ** to be carved to make All Hollow’s Eve lanterns. Celtic people in the Old World carved turnips (or rutabagas) to make the lanterns that ward off any evil spirits that may be lurking in the night.  When Irish immigrants brought the custom to America, they found that native pumpkins were much easier to carve.  Why are they called Jack O’Lanterns?   Well, there are many fascinating “Stingy” Jack tales surrounding that tradition, but alas too earthy for this page.  Have fun researching those on your own.  

** Actually, pumpkins are fruit.  Many fruits which are not sweet - such as tomatoes, beans, peppers are popularly thought to be vegetables

 Turnip Jack O'Lantern

Turnip Jack O'Lantern