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Front Porch: Pumpkin purist fights white pumpkin trend

Halloween and fall decor comes out with bats, witches, spider webs and jack-o’-lanterns appearing on porches and lawns. But the past few years I’ve noticed a rather alarming trend – ghostly white pumpkins.

Jack-o’-lantern artists

A fall trip to Greenbluff for pumpkins and apples is practically obligatory. But, it’s not the only place to go to find your perfect jack-o’-lantern.

Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather

The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with weeks to go until Halloween. The hot, dry weather has been making crops ripen weeks ahead of schedule all summer. It was particularly bad in July, when growers had to harvest cherries weeks before the annual Cherry Festival. People who arrived on their traditional picking weekends found the trees already bare.

Stuffed pumpkins, pumpkin muffins and more

What's coming Wednesday in the Spokesman-Review's Food section? This year's Halloween-themed issue features stuffed pumpkins, pumpkin muffins and more. Here's a stuffed-pumpkin recipe to get you through the weekend. It includes cheese. And bacon. Cheers! Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good From “Around My French Table”...

Great Pumpkin Race

Some 60 entries raced downhill one block to benefit Mid-City Concerns Meals on Wheels Spokane for the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Race, Oct 26, 2013, on the 1600 block of Madison Street in Spokane. The pumpkins had to be on wheels and be gravity powered only. Meals on Wheels executive director Mollie Dalpae said $1,000 was raised by the event.

Pumpkin race plants seeds of helping through Meals on Wheels

Pumpkins are good for more than just jack-o’-lanterns. While they might not be the most aerodynamic edible, they can move at surprising speeds with a little human intervention, as contestants in Spokane’s annual Great Pumpkin Race discovered Saturday.

Harvest festival benefits two pet rescue organizations

It started five years ago as a good way to sell a lot of pumpkins. Robin and Eldon Jons of AC Starr Farms, 4603 N. Starr Road, decided to throw a harvest festival. Robin Jons said the couple don’t have kids, but they have pets, all of them rescue animals. The first cat they brought home, Junior, who died last year, was found at Partners for Pets, so they decided to make the the festival a fundraiser for that organization and added River City Pet Rescue in Post Falls, because many of their customers come from Idaho.

This year’s garden bounty welcomed at Thanksgiving table

With so much snow on the ground and temperatures hovering around zero, last summer’s garden is just a memory. All the green, tender things are gone and under the frozen crust are only frostbitten remains. Only a few hardy herbs are peeking through the snow on the wine barrel in which they are planted.