Nature's Corner is doing a first.

Available now are Porcelain Doll Pink Pumpkins that will be for sale with proceeds going to Circle of Hope In Dodge City for breast cancer research.

"We grew them out at the sunflower community garden at the community college this summer," Nature's Corner co-owner Beth Torrey said. "We had read about them in one of our trade magazines and when we buy the seeds to plant them, 25 cents for each seed goes towards breast cancer research as well."

The pink pumpkins for cancer research is from the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation out of Rocky Ford, Colorado.

The foundation is non-profit 501(C)(3) that assist US growers donate a percentage of sales for each Porcelain Doll pumpkin to organizations supporting breast cancer research, according to their website.

"When we decided to do this we knew we wanted to give to a local cancer research organization and Circle of Hope is a perfect fit," Torrey said. "We had some gardner friends help us maintain them over the production and the majority of the sales will go to Circle of Hope."

Prices on the pink pumpkins vary on size and are between $2-$10.

"We do have a large one that will run about $15, but I think that is the only one," Torrey said. "We will also have some of them for sale at the Farmer's Market this weekend if people come out and see us there, some but not all will be available."

For 42 years, Nature's Corner has been located at 11192 Kliesen St. and have been family-owned and operated since its inception.

"I think I have been working here for 18 years now," Torrey said. "My parents started it in 1975 and have been here ever since.

"We will have our 43rd anniversary in December."

Torrey added that the pink pumpkins will be a fixture at Nature's Corner moving forward.

"We will definitely continue to grow and sell the pumpkins in the future," she said, "for cancer research."

Nature's Corner is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, visit their website at pinkpumpkinpatch.org.

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