Today at the farmers market, I saw the first pumpkin for sale!
Never one to pass up an opportunity to score a pumpkin, I went for the handsome squash, only to be foiled by the little boy in front of me, who had convinced his mother to buy it for him. In an effort to console myself I came home and dug through some Autumn decorations and then went through my recipe box and pulled out a few pumpkin recipes to try (I still have frozen pumpkin in my freezer from last Halloween's jacks.)
While I was in the pumpkin mood, I tracked down a few pumpkin festivals that sound too good to miss. If you are in the area, check out these popular pumpkin parties:
Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, NH on October 22, 2011.
Halloween in Central Park in Manhattan, NY - October 9 through the 31st.
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Fest in Half Moon Bay, CA - October 15 & 16, 2011.
South Jersey Pumpkin Show in Egg Harbor, NJ - October 8-9th, 2011
Festival of Pumpkins in Snohomish Valley, WA - throughout September & October at multiple farms.
Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville, OH - October 19-22, 2011.
Nanaimo Pumpkin Fest, Nanaimo, BC, Canada - October 16, 2011.
There are so many more too! Check out your local farms and other agricultural organizations to see if they have any Autumn themed festivals planned. There are many farms that turn their corn fields into mazes and open their pumpkin patches for picking.
With a bit of planning, you can stretch Summer's harvest into an abundant Autumn by making your way to your local farms and festivals this September and October. Enjoy!