We made it to the pumpkin patch a little late this year. The enormous pumpkins have already been picked up, harvested, delivered to the stores around the area and probably even beyond their mountainous slopes.
It’s quite a business. I recently heard statistics that pumpkins were reaching nearly 1800 pounds! The prize for a 1725 pounder from Canton, Ohio won $2,500 and kicked the leading title holder from Rhode Island to the curb.
These breeds are for the serious size manipulators, not the average farmer with hills and fields of round, orange orbs sticking out like beach balls among the greenery.
Can a ton pumpkin be in our near future? Two thousand pounds of pulp and seeds the size of my palm?
And what would you do with such a creature? Hollow it out and insert tractor beam lights? Maybe use it as a composting shack? Add wheels and let regal horses pull you to a ball hosted by a prince? No, wait, that gig was already taken by Cinderella. Oops!
They say you can hear the huge pumpkins growing.
Who is sitting in a field listening for the expanding sounds of a fruit? Charlie Brown? We all laughed at Linus for sitting in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise up while his friends gathered edible goodies from the neighbors. But maybe he was on to something. Makes Sally seem wiser now that you think about it. And even Linus seems to be on target with his comment to Lucy as she scoops out the insides of a jack-o-lantern and he moans, “You didn’t tell me you were going to kill it!”
I’ll just settle for the little pumpkins that I can lift without the use of a forklift.
But I am intrigued. They say the seeds will be dried and given to anyone who asks for them. Maybe just one or two would add a little ambiance to my autumn garden.
Perhaps I could plot its growth of girth and capture its growing pains. I’ll have to get back to you on that one as I’ll need to measure my yard to see if there is enough room for such a venture. Apparently I have a few months to think about it.
In the meantime, we have a regular sized pumpkin carved by my son to display the headless horseman – complete with horse and pumpkin head held up to the sky – awash with an eerie glow when the candle inside is lit. I think he did an excellent job!
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