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Finding Spring in the Strangest Places

Posted 1/8/2011 7:35pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Amazing.  I’m standing in the kitchen cutting open a beautiful Long Island Cheese Pumpkin.  I’m finally ready to turn this beauty into a stuffed pumpkin for a cold winter’s night.  This pumpkin is almost a friend.  It was given to me by one of the farmers who sells at the King Farmers Market as I was gathering items for our market’s booth at the County Fair.  After the fair (in September), the pumpkin has been gracing our farm as a bit of a stately decoration -- but I have always known that its destiny was for a wonderful dinner.  Well, that day has finally come.  So I heft a large knife to ready it for stuffing with rice and lentils.  As I scoop out the seeds, I notice there are sprouts among the seeds.  Then, upon further inspection, there are not only sprouts, there are leaves!  So as the winds are howling outside the window and the temperature plummets, it is comforting to see that the herald of spring comes within a humble (and tasty) pumpkin!  Here’s to enjoying winter -- which is a bit easier when you see such harbingers of spring!

Sprouted pumpkin seeds on a plate

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