Pumpkins have a rich history in the United States. In fact, so important was the pumpkin to the Pilgrims that they crafted a poem in its honor.
“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies,
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”
Pilgrim verse, circa 1633
New Englanders in the early colonies were sometimes referred to as “Pumpkin Heads” because the pumpkin was used as a template to ensure a round and uniform cut for those getting a haircut. One theory of the origin of the Jack-O-Lantern, dates back to Celtic celebrations when turnips and potatoes were carved to serve as lanterns. The English used beets. Upon settling in the new land, they found the pumpkin well suited for the same purposes of being their “Jack’s” lanterns. Traditions provide wonderful memories while offering a special moment in time that the family looks forward to yearly. Establishing a pumpkin patch to visit during Fall to find the perfect pumpkin to create your very own lantern, pumpkin pies, et al! can offer just this!