Oct. 26th National Pumpkin Day
The pumpkin has become the symbol of fall, Halloween and is
now put into every kind of food or drink imaginable. Pumpkin is actually a
squash, okay… a really big squash and is believed to be native to North America,
perhaps as old as 9,000 years. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back
to 7,000 B.C. Today is celebrated by carving pumpkins, building machines that
throw pumpkins and in chunking pumpkins (If that is such a thing). Now they
have made pumpkins into everything but my favorite is still pumpkin pie. It has
become a huge part of Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in general.
How to celebrate – Visit a pumpkin patch. Make some sort of
pumpkin dish for your family. Plant pumpkin seeds.
Now here’s a fun thing we all look forward to every year, sneaking some zucchini onto our neighbor’s porch and then watching their reaction as they find it. Actually you could break the mold and use any vegetable, although then you’d probably have to create another day. If you neighbor grows their own vegetables then it probably won’t have the same effect. That wonder in their eyes of where did this zucchini come from is a laugh a minute, unless of course you intended to use that zucchini for a salad later, then the laughs on you! So knock yourself out today and put a zucchini on all your neighbors porch’s!
How to celebrate – Place a zucchini on your neighbors porch! Get your camera ready! Go back to bed and forget today ever happened.
You say potato, I say mashed! Today we celebrate the idea of eating all the vegetables on your plate, maybe even forgoing the meat to have nothing but vegetables. They can actually be quite good and are healthier too! Red, green, yellow nearly all the colors of the rainbow. And if you don’t like the flavor you can always cover them in cheese or bacon! Corn, beans, potatoes, squash, okra, broccoli, cauliflower, egg plant, peppers… they are all great! They give you more energy and might even help you lose a little weight! (That is if you don’t cover them in cheese or wrap them in bacon) And you know what makes them taste the absolute best? Grow them yourself, it’s easier than growing a cow.
How to celebrate – Eat some vegetables. Grow some vegetables. At least have a salad.