Is It Worth It? Buying Decorative Pumpkins in Early Fall

What better way to show your love of the Fall season than decorating your porch or entryway with beautiful pumpkins in varying shapes and colors? If you buy them early, the selection is better. The dark orange pumpkins are a favorite. They contrast perfectly with their albino cousins, the white pumpkin. Some people – we are not naming names – even drive out of state to score the perfect assortment of these colorful gourds.

The question is, how long will they last? If we have an Indian Summer, it is possible you will discover a mushy mess on your front doorstep long before the season ends. Here is our verdict – Yes! It is worth it to purchase them as soon as you see them at your local farmer’s market or favorite grocery store. Usually the prices are reasonable, and you will find the prettiest, largest pumpkins of the season when you shop early. If they don’t last, buy some craft pumpkins as back up!


Lori Rodgers – Lori’s passion for food and fine dining began at an early age. She started reading Gourmet at 8, and was fortunate to have a father who included her in his travels to cites across the US, often frequenting restaurants she had read about in the magazine. After studying hotel and restaurant management at FSU for two years and thoroughly enjoying the summer program in Switzerland, she graduated with a degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish. Lori owned and operated the family business, Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate for 25 years, indulging her cooking hobby by whipping up meals for family and friends on the weekends. She has two teenagers who have adopted a vegan lifestyle, adding a new challenge to Lori’s cooking repertoire. Lori recently sold the business and is embarking on a new chapter and new career, returning to her true calling, cooking and exploring the multifaceted world of food!
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