Pink pumpkin sales are booming in the northern valley. It's a unique effort by one woman to raise money for cancer research, during breast cancer awareness month.
Amanda Syverson got the idea for her pink pumpkin patch after a family friend survived breast cancer. The Pink Pumpkin Foundation out of Minneapolis provides the seeds in return for donating the sales money back to breast cancer research.
Amanda says the pumpkins will actually turn pinker, the longer they sit in the sun.
Amanda Syverson, Fertile, MN: "That money then goes directly toward… it's a non-profit organization. It goes directly toward the breast cancer research."
Amanda says sales exploded when she announced they were for sale of facebook this week. Amanda says she had planned to sell come of them at the Farmers Market in Fargo, but now it doesn't appear there will be enough to go around.
Amanda Syverson: "My phone battery went dead twice… people just trying to call me. I had somebody at midnight last night message me and ask if they could come out and get a pumpkin, ha…. that's crazy. But, it's been great."
Amanda says the only problem this year was a slow start to the growing season. She had planned to have around 500 pink pumpkins available this fall. But now says she'll probably wind up with around one-hundred-fifty, and they're going fast.
Amanda says the pumpkins are actually a cross between squash and pumpkins, which gives them their pink color.
If you'd like to learn more about the organization… or maybe even get yourself a pink pumpkin, here a link to Amanda's Facebook page.