My turn: Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees […]

Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, according to local farmers. Eastern New Mexico farmers are experiencing drops of 20 to 30 percent lower than usual. Extreme drought and heat took its toll, they said. “We irrigate our pumpkins, but there is just nothing you can do about 100-degree days,” […]

Pumpkins family tradition

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Argen Duncan What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? Area residents not only cook with the traditional fall food, but some grow it as well. Portales Farmers Market Manager Margie Plummer and her family have been growing pumpkins in their garden for about 20 years, she said. She sells the fruit at the farmers market and […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are just a few of the activities available at Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch. Kenneth Davis said he’s been growing pumpkins for 21 years. In years past, he opened up the […]

Pumpkins set to soar

What is Pumpkin Chunkin? Well, take your favorite Jack O’ Lantern, place it in a sling on a man-powered trebuchet and fling that orange squash fruit as far as it will go. Come on out to Doc Stewart Park for all the pumpkin chunkin’ fun you can have and watch ‘em fly. The event will […]

Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and […]

Pumpkin crop pops up

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Lining fences and decorating yards, pumpkins provide a splash of vivid color to the landscape and are a sure sign that fall has arrived. Pumpkin harvest is in full swing for Davis Farms near Clovis, where pumpkins have grown for the last 18 years. Jacqueline Davis said they ship […]