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  • pumpkins are everywhere this year it's nearly Halloween and by now you've

  • probably either carved out a pumpkin and wondered what to do with the bits you've

  • scraped out had a pumpkin flavored coffee or maybe you've even picked out

  • your own pumpkin from a farm meaning of course taking lots of photos to fill

  • your social media feed obviously the tradition of carving pumpkins comes from

  • the United States well actually NO there was a very

  • strong tradition of carving root vegetables in the British Isles going

  • right back to the Middle Ages probably and the vegetable that they would be

  • carving was a root vegetable and it was a turnip in Ireland and in South of

  • England they were called Punky's and in east anglia they were called

  • jack-o'-lanterns now what happens is Irish migration takes these Halloween

  • traditions to North America where the the vegetable available around this time

  • of year that's going to make good lanterns is the pumpkin and it's much

  • much easier to carve but does the American love of pumpkins run deeper

  • than just being an autumnal colored crop that's easy to make into a Lantern one of

  • the coolest things about the story of the pumpkin is it's actually helping to

  • rejuvenate small family farms so the popularity of pumpkin pie in the

  • jack-o'-lantern has led to the revitalization of the very thing the

  • pumpkin represents the small family farm and now farms over here are costing onto

  • the pumpkin trend too last year people in the UK spent 10 million pounds on

  • pumpkins for Halloween and more fields have been taken over by pumpkins to

  • cater for the demand in the last three years we've started growing pumpkins

  • which was something new to us we were already well-known for our fruit during

  • the summer months so it was just a natural expansion and progression to to

  • do something later in the year so yeah it's it's a huge benefit to the business

  • and could the Brits love of pumpkins grow even further in the future there's

  • veneration of the small family farmer and how the idea of toiling in the soil

  • builds strong work thick and builds morals and a sense of

  • virtue these are all traditions that come old traditions that come from

  • England - and I think maybe in this time of discord that we have across the world

  • with brexit in England people return to a sense of nostalgia to these old

  • fashioned ways to make a living in the land as much as they move into cities

  • and they move into office jobs over the years people still like to think of

  • themselves as farmers at heart and all that that represents

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    April Lu posted on 2018/11/01
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