I am afraid I am starting to sound like a broken record, but we had our annual pumpkin patch this weekend, and I loved seeing all the little ones thrill at such a simple thing as picking a pumpkin. At the grocery store, all detached from Mother Vine and his siblings, it is hard to tell where Mr. O'Lantern got his start! A couple of the kiddies couldn't resist plucking a big red juicy apple from the tree on their way out as well. It is so chic right now to be "green". Everyone is on the reduce, reuse and recycle, all organic bandwagon, but we are completely detached from where even the most ubiquitous of all personified gourds comes from! Some folks at our little 'earth-fest' were surprised to hear that you can actually eat a pumpkin as well as carve funny faces into it. There was something just so sweet about the kids running to find their perfect pumpkin. Some chose tall and skinny, others wanted short and fat. Some cared about shape, others color. Two little girls wanted the smallest pumpkins they could find, while the bigger boys went for the whoppers! All in all, the weather was fine, the company was good, and the pumpkins were harvested. I would say, a weekend well spent!
--Henry Eyring scientist