Pink pumpkin

There is a pumpkin patch in the nearby Nippenose Valley that we like to support with our yearly purchase of holiday pumpkins. When we went there, this past weekend, Joanna was appreciating the wide variety of colors and shapes while the proprietor offered good advice … which varieties were best for making bird houses … which were considered traditional pie varieties …  which were her particular favorites for putting up pies … which were good for constructing traditional Jack-O-Lanterns … and then she pointed out the Porcelain Doll which, she informed us, was being marketed in support of breast cancer research. When we got home Joanna located an article about the development of this unusual variety.  The Porcelain Doll is unique in that its exterior has a slight blush of pink. It was the fortuitous and welcomed result of a traditional program of selective breeding geared toward the production of new color varieties for the commercial pumpkin market. The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation is committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold to organizations involved in breast cancer research. The foundation is a collaboration between DP Seeds, developer of the Porcelain Doll, and Golden Sun marketing which helps the growers of fresh produce develop novel marketing strategies for their product. You should know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you go out to purchase a holiday pumpkin this season, why not consider one of a different color … consider a pink one and do your part in support of a worthy cause. [The image below is not a composite. Truth be told, however, the stick which was supporting this particular Porcelain Doll was ‘removed’ from the original digital photograph.]

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