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In the Offseason: Seeking the great pumpkin

Naomi Havlen

The candy corn may have appeared on grocery store shelves the week after Labor Day, but I had already been thinking about pumpkins.My husband and I found out we had the opportunity to buy an affordable house that was part of the lottery system in August, and one of the first things I noticed about it was its perfect pumpkin ledge. See, our new house (or condo, more accurately) sits a floor above street level, and I recognized right away that trick-or-treaters weren’t going to make the trip up the stairs to visit us unless there was a visible sign that someone was home and willing to give them free candy.Enter the pumpkin ledge. It’s visible from the street and will support whatever size jack-o’-lantern I decide to carve just in time for Oct. 31 as a beacon to all miniature ghosts, witches, Power Puff Girls and whatever else is trolling the streets that night.This pumpkin obsession may seem a little strange, but I’ve seen it happen to others. Last fall a friend of mine made so many batches of sweet pumpkin dip at parties that we all overdosed on it, but I’m hoping the novelty of that dip will emerge again this fall.A couple of falls ago my mom introduced me to a recipe for a pasta dish with pumpkin, pepitas (Mexican-prepared pumpkin seeds) and bacon that my husband is already reminding me about.Luckily for all of us, there are a couple of really good pumpkin-related fund-raisers this weekend.From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Wagner Park, Roaring Fork Kids Childcare is holding a pumpkin patch for you to pick out the perfect squash, for eating or carving. You can also make a scarecrow with your kids and bid on some silent auction items.The Aspen Choral Society is also selling pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Red Brick Center for Fine Arts. These pumpkins will be the best quality in town, they claim, selling for $20 and up.So what if it’s only Oct. 1? You should be already thinking about pumpkins.

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