Hooray! It’s Pumpkin Time

Montreal is blessed with several great outdoor markets. My local one is the Atwater Market, smaller than some, larger than others. It sells meats, fish, cheeses, breads, fruits, vegetables and almost every sort of food you can put a name to.  At this time of year, though, the Atwater Market is brimming over with pumpkins.

 

pumpkins
Traditional pumpkins piled high, at the Atwater Market.

 

 

It seems to me that pumpkins used to come only one way: big, round, and orange. No more. The variety of shape, colour and size now is a treat — for the eyes if not the stomach. Take a look at these I photographed yesterday. There are striped ones …

 

striped pumpkins
Ok, technically these may not be pumpkins but who cares? They are all pumpkins to me.

 

and warty ones…

 

Warty pumpkins are currently my favourites.
Warty pumpkins are currently my favourite.

 

red ones.

 

The colour may be right but those red things are not tomatoes.
The colour may be right but those red things are not tomatoes.

 

 

and grey ones.

 

This is a weird colour for a pumpkin. I am confident that it won't be decorating my doorstep.
This is a weird colour for a pumpkin. I am confident that it won’t be decorating my doorstep.

 

 

There are sad ones …

 

 

Upside down plastic... not my first choice but somehow appealing nonetheless.
You’d be sad too if you were plastic and upside down.

 

 

and hopeful ones.

 

Hockey fans will recognize the Habs logo. Surprisingly, I didn't see any Blue Jay pumpkins. I did see a Spiderman but didn't take a photo of it.
Hockey fans will recognize the logo of the Canadiens, the Montreal team. Go Habs Go!

 

All celebrate a season worth cheering for.

 

How much do chrysanthemums cost where you live?
How much do chrysanthemums cost where you live?