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Pumpkin Farmer Helps out After Hurricane Florence

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 03:46pm

NASHVILLE –Year after year, pumpkins have made perfect fall decorations and delectable treats for many Tennesseans. This year, however, one farmer is using his pumpkins for a greater cause. 

Hyde Farms in Loudon County announced they will be donating all pumpkin sales through the month of October to hurricane victims in North Carolina. 

“One day before church I saw on the news that there are still so many families in the Carolinas who are struggling,” Hyde Farms owner Mitchell Hyde said. “I’m just a local farmer trying to offer some hope to those who need it right now.” 

So far, Hyde has raised more than $3,000 and will be matching pumpkin sales up to $10,000. “I’ve been blessed with this farm, and I felt compelled to help in any way that I can,” Hyde said. 

Hyde Farms and many other pumpkin farmers across the state will continue sales through the month of October. Whether you’re picking the perfect pumpkin for a charitable donation, cooking a homemade pumpkin pie, or carving jack o’ lanterns with your kids, farmers encourage you to indulge in good times and family fun this October. 

Have you made a trip to the local pumpkin patch yet? If the answer is no, what are you waiting for? Though pumpkins can vary in size, the enjoyment that comes from them is immeasurable. 

If you need culinary inspiration for your hand-picked pumpkins, check out the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe provided by Malinoski Farm, a local Tennessee business. You can find this recipe here

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