The Teal Pumpkin Project

The teal colored pumpkin signifies allergy awareness to trick-or-treaters. Photo Credit: The Teal Pumpkin Project

October is the month that most of us seek out pumpkins for our festive dishes and decor. Fortunately, there are so many to choose from. Pumpkin colors ranging from Orange, red, green, pink, blue and white are all the rage but are you aware of the teal pumpkin?

Colorful pumpkins

I did some investigating and found out that this color signifies that this household offers trick-or-treaters non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. This teal Halloween color display on front porches was originated by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization. They are hoping to promote the Teal Pumpkin Project: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project/get-started#.WAjycOUrLIU

The Teal Pumpkin project. Photo Credit: Food Allergy Research & Education

To participate in the project, they offer these tips:
  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map

When you are out shopping for delicious fresh pumpkins that you are using this fall season, don’t forget to spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family.

Assorted pumpkins on sale during the fall season

Resources: For more information, on growing pumpkins in Florida, click on the link below for the University of Florida gardening tips:  http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/vegetables/pumpkins.html

Places to find a Halloween pumpkin by Florida Food & Farm:  http://floridafoodandfarm.com/events-festivals/10-best-pumpkin-patches-in-florida/

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