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Sustainability in a 'spooky' world

It's an October Surprise!

Here we are in October and autumn has arrived in a flurry of rain, wind and bright autumnal colours. Over in the fields our teams and partner farms are busy harvesting chard, squashes and Jerusalem artichokes and of course, no October would be complete without pumpkins!

To bring some autumnal cheer we have a bonus pumpkin for our Pale Green Dot customers! Every premium veg box sent out the week before Halloween will include a BONUS pumpkin! And of course, you’ve created your pumpkin ghoul please tag us @palegreendot on your social channels.

Subscribe to get a premium veg box

However with the shifting landscape that Covid-19 brings and further restrictions placed on people and businesses across the UK, Halloween looks like it’s going to be quite different this year. Children will almost certainly still be dressing up as scary little monsters (some parents may argue they need not dress up for that) but the tradition of trick-or-treating, in its traditional form, is unlikely to happen. A positive upshot of this could be a big reduction in food waste.

 


Pumpkins can be a big source of food waste

A poll by the food charity Hubbub revealed that of the 24 million pumpkins bought in the UK, over half simply end up in the bin. Not only is that a lot of avoidable waste, it is reflective of how we are often unaware of the impact ‘harmless’ traditions have on much bigger sustainability challenges and the wider planet.

If 2020 has taught us anything is that we need to be more mindful of our surroundings, each other and be vigilant and open to what nature is trying to tell us.

Enjoy Halloween, in whatever form it comes, and why not give one of our pumpkin recipes a go...

 

 

Growing Pumpkin

 

How to make pumpkins useful during and after Hallowe'en

  1. Get your pumpkin with a premium veg box subscription
  2. Carve up your pumpkin to spooky shapes
  3. Post it up tagging us @palegreendot
  4. Make some oven-baked spicy pumpkin seeds with the innards that you've scooped out. (Personally I like salt and cayenne pepper.)
  5. Display your pumpkin on your window for a small amount of time up to Halloween.
  6. Wash and cook up your pumpkin on the 1st of November

If you put your pumpkin on the doorstep, please don't eat it. It's probably not safe with skeletons and ghouls about (and animals too).