By AMANDA PURCELL (Hunter photo)
Excerpt: “This year’s drought meant fewer and smaller pumpkins, but Mr. Livingston said he still has plenty to go around, especially pink pumpkins.
Also called porcelain doll pumpkins, the pink pumpkin seeds are crossbred from pumpkin and squash and, like a box of chocolates, “you never know what you’re going to get,” Mr. Livingston said.
The pumpkins, which will be offered throughout October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, have a little bit more ripening to do before they reach their natural bright pink hue, Mr. Livingston said.
“They start off green but slowly turn white and then to different shades of pink as they ripen,” said Mr. Livingston.
He said he purchased his pumpkin seeds from Neseeds in Connecticut, which donates 25 cents from each pumpkin sold to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds breast cancer research.
“Every family has been affected with breast cancer or some kind of cancer,” said Mr. Livingston. “I wanted to do something to show my support of the families that have been affected.”
But Mr. Livingston said he did not know just how big an impact it would have on his customers until a woman from Delaware visited his pumpkin stand last week.
“Many people stop here from all over,” Mr. Livingston said. “But this particular woman was special. Her husband told me she had cancer three times, breast cancer twice. So I showed her the pumpkins and I gave her a couple. She thanked me with tears in her eyes. It’s nice to be able to do something like that for somebody like that.”
Like the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, Mr. Livingston said he would like to see a pink pumpkin on every porch. He has already ordered more pink pumpkins seeds for next year.
“That message really touched me,” Mr. Livingston said. “It makes me feel good to be able to help.”
For every pumpkin sold, Mr. Livingston will donate 25 cents to Pumpkin Patch Foundation and an additional $1 the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, which grants funds to breast cancer research organizations.
Mr. Livingston’s pink pumpkins can be purchased at his farm, 3967 Route 11.”
Read the whole article at the Daily Courier-Observer website: DeKalb man sells pink pumpkins for a good cause