August 17, 2012
NORMALLY I don't get around to writing about pumpkin beer till just about the time the Phillies collapse in the playoffs. Something about the brisk air of the changing season brings out the worst in the home team and the best in those spiced amber ales. Well, the Phils expedited matters this season, and so it seems did America's breweries. It's only mid-August, and local shelves are already filled with once-a-year pumpkin brews. This early arrival has caused consternation in some circles.
August 29, 2008
OVER THE LAST couple of weeks, I've been writing about oddball beer flavors - pizza, crème brulee, blueberry - some of it good, some not. The most frequent reaction I've gotten is a shrug of disbelief. I agree, it's hard to think of these flavors as anything more than a one-time gimmick, here today, in the recycling bin tomorrow. But be careful. One of them just might be the next Great Pumpkin. Yes, gourd help us, pumpkin beer - a style that, till 20 years ago, existed only in dusty history books.
July 20, 2007 |
My husband and I live in Gloucester County in a typical suburban neighborhood where most homes are on plots a half-acre of less; a full acre is considered a miniature estate. Our yard and that of a home on the next street share a fence, and our view is much like that of the other family, but in reverse. The owner of that house is a frustrated farmer who is trying to be Old MacDonald on his quarter-acre tract. Just over a month ago, this man scattered some pumpkin seeds along the fence line, and my husband and I had a good laugh at his efforts.
October 22, 2006 |
Before boarding a hayride out to the pumpkin patch at Springdale Farm Market in Cherry Hill, 12-year-old Cody Phillips was poised to pick the Great Pumpkin. "I like the really big pumpkins. Those are the best ones," he said, stretching his arms bear-hug wide. Cody's sister, Sabrina, 8, quickly chimed in, "The chubby ones are better. " Their uncle, Dan McGee, just laughed as he faced the obvious: "I think I'm the one that's going to have to carry these pumpkins home. " An overcast October Saturday morning with a slight chill in the air was the perfect setting for McGee, three nephews and a niece to search for the best orange orb. "The kids love Halloween," said McGee, who lives in Magnolia.
October 7, 2005 |
IT'S THE Great Pumpkin, Martha Stewart. Yes, the doyenne of doilies is going to get her chance to ride a giant pumpkin on a Canadian lake. We guess that after you've been in prison, your tastes change. A disappointed Stewart had announced Wednesday on her daytime show, "Martha," that Canadian immigration authorities had barred her (being an ex-con, and all) from traveling to a Nova Scotia town to film a segment on its pumpkin festival. But a Stewart spokeswoman said yesterday that Canada had flip-flopped and a permit had been granted for her visit.
October 27, 2004 |
Look! Up in the sky tonight! It's a big, orange disk! And no, we haven't gone loony - just lunar. It's a total eclipse of the moon, and it will look, as though to portend the arrival of Halloween, like the Great Pumpkin. From 8:06 tonight until 2:03 a.m. tomorrow, the Earth will be in the way of the sun's rays that ordinarily strike the moon. But because the sun's red and orange rays can bend more than rays of other colors, they will still be able to reach the moon, giving it a coppery glow, says Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute.
October 25, 1999 |
The Bucks County Council on Alcoholism's Pumpkinfest was a weekend draw in Doylestown. Held at Moravian Tile & Pottery Works, it featured the usual fare, as well as 300-pound pumpkins that were lit at dusk.
October 7, 1999 |
The lack of rain in July and August has carved a very miserable face on this year's pumpkins. They're smaller than usual. And they're far fewer. "Some growers are reporting as much as a 75 percent crop loss, some fields a total loss," William Troxell, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, said in an interview. "Pumpkins are a crop that can stand a fair amount of dry weather," Troxell said. But the summer "was so severe this year that it definitely affected yields.
October 3, 1999 |
Unless the Great Pumpkin makes a surprise appearance today, the Eighth Annual Blackwood West Pumpkin Festival is going to be a little short on the headline fruit. Ten tons of pumpkins are normally used in the festival, but the majority of this year's crop, grown on a 40-acre patch in Gloucester County, did not withstand the severe summer drought followed by the heavy rain from Hurricane Floyd. "This year, it's going to be hard to have any," Dave Chew, one of the event's organizers, said Tuesday.
October 4, 1995 |
The good news about the 1995 pumpkin crop is that the bad news isn't as bad as you might expect. Yes, the summer-long drought reduced yields in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - as it did across the nation. Pumpkins will be fewer in number, the monstrous jack o'lantern varieties will be smaller, and prices are likely to be higher. But there will be pumpkins. In fact, they began appearing in area farmers' markets and garden centers soon after Labor Day. "Normally, none would come till the 15th of September," said Herb Gebely, manager of the Kutztown Produce Auction.