Growers sell pink pumpkins for a good cause

Michael B. Livingston poses with some of the pink pumpkins he grew this year on his farm in DeKalb Junction. He will be selling the pumpkins, with some of the proceeds going toward to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, which raises money for breast cancer research. Photo by Jason Hunter/Watertown Daily Times

Is Halloween an orange or pink holiday?

Trick-or-treaters might notice a pink glow on porches when they ring doorbells this Halloween. The rosy sheen will be emitted by pink pumpkins, which were grown by north country farmers to raise awareness for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

For each pink pumpkin sold, a donation goes to the Pink Pumpkin Foundation, a nonprofit that funds research organizations seeking a cure for breast cancer.

Jay J. Canzonier, owner of North Branch Farms, Belleville, has about 200 pink pumpkins for sale at $5 apiece, and he will donate all of the proceeds to the foundation. Mr. Canzonier and other growers are encouraging communities in the north country to make a unified effort by displaying the pink-skinned gourds on their porches.