Pumpkins a welcome sign of the season

by Tallahassee Table

Check out pumpkin patches in Tallahassee

It’s pumpkin time! My heart quickened when I drove by the Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church, at the corner of Capital Circle and Mahan Drive, and saw patches of pumpkins and fall decorations.

I had to stop and take a look. Families wore masks and stayed distant as they looked for their perfect fall pumpkin.

The Tallahassee Heights UMC is one of several pumpkin patches around town. Fun4TallyKids offers a lineup of other destinations on their website, fun4tallykids.com/Whats-Happening/Pumpkin-Patches/

When my kids were little, we had a blast carving pumpkins. We’d scoop out the pulp, then clean the seeds, add salt and roast them. The final touch — adding a candle or a flashlight inside our jack-o’lanterns. We also made scarecrows (that weren’t really scary) that we put in our front yard. These are memories our family still cherishes.

While we are faced with limitations year because of the pandemic, there are ways we can enjoy the fall and designing Halloween pumpkins, whether with markers or by carving, is certainly one safe way to celebrate the holidays.

There’s no shortage of pumpkin-flavored treats around town. I’m looking for a taste of fall and would love your suggestions.

A few pumpkin facts from the DW website:
1. The heaviest pumpkin ever recorded tipped the scales in 2016 at a whopping 1,190 kilograms, or 2,625 pounds.

2. The term jack-o’-lantern is said to come from the legend of a man named Jack who tricked the devil into not taking him to hell once he died. But he wasn’t good enough to make it into heaven either, so he was doomed to wander around with only a hollowed turnip with coal inside to light his way.

3. Hooligan, Pleasure Dome, and Orange Smoothie — yes, those are all pumpkins, of which there are more than 45 different species.

Happy Fall! Happy Halloween!

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