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Pumpkin Saturday In Barnstable

Brian Tarcy
Written by Brian Tarcy

BARNSTABLE – The great pumpkin rush of 2014 is apparently already over. “Today is not a very good day,” said Elizabeth Hemeon of Yarmouthport, a member of the Barnstable Unitarian Church.

Elizabeth Hemeon of Yarmouthport and Karen Birely of West Hyannisport at the Barnstable Congregational Church pumpkin sale

Elizabeth Hemeon of Yarmouthport and Karen Birely of West Hyannisport at the Barnstable Congregational Church pumpkin sale

Hemeon, along with Karen Birely of West Hyannisport, were staffing the pumpkin sale at the church on Route 6A on Saturday, but both reported sales had slowed, and they were down to their final 34 pumpkins. There is usually not a last minute rush on pumpkins, they said.

That’s the trick of selling pumpkins this close to Halloween.

Hemeon had one piece of advice for those last-minute pumpkin shoppers. “I would say conformity is the key to having a good pumpkin,” she said.

These pumpkins cost $8 to $14, depending on the size, said Birely. “Not everybody buys. These are higher prices than most people like to pay, but we are supporting a local farmer (from Plympton), so we think it’s worth it,” she said.

Hemeon, who has been doing pumpkin sales for four years. said she has noticed in recent years there is more competition on Route 6A.

Birely said this was her first time selling pumpkins, which prompted Hemeon to say, “One of the reasons I like to do it is so I can get better acquainted with other church members.”

That’s the treat.

 

Brian Tarcy

About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team at Whatzgonnahappen.com

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