Is it just me or do pumpkins make their appearance earlier every year? They have been camped out in front of the local Kroger, and popping up around the neighborhood for the last week or two at least.

People just seem to like being around pumpkins, and pumpkin-branded things. They’ve certainly gotten into our foods. McDonald’s is selling some pumpkin coffee now, and so is Bruegger’s, to go with their pumpkin bagels.  I see Dunkin Donuts has some kind of pumpkin pie-flavored donut. And of course there’s all the pumpkin-themed candy and decor.


I think pumpkins are so popular for a few reasons:

  1. They might be the most cheery-looking of all the things that grow (what other crop has so much character?)
  2. They herald the arrival of autumn, favorite season of many, and
  3. Of course Halloween.

Add your reasons below if you like, there must be others.  

Like many, I am partial to pumpkins. Probably more for the way they look than the way they taste, though I don’t mind a good pumpkin pie.


By the way, is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable? Writing this post I realized I don’t really think of the pumpkin as either. A pumpkin is just…a pumpkin.

Browsing about online, I see references to pumpkins as a fruit, a vegetable–a type of squash…and even a berry(?). I’m not going to link anything, but let us know if you know the pumpkin story.


Thanks to reader Ed, who shared a batch of Amish harvest photos last month, we have some photos of pumpkins today.

Pumpkins are a cash crop for some Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster County and elsewhere, along with their decorative autumn partners gourds and squash.

These were taken in various places and stages in Lancaster County.













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