Teal Pumpkin Project

October 4, 2019
| Created by Heather Lieber, RDN, CD

Here at Harmons, your food is our passion. We love enriching our customers’ lives through quality ingredients and products. But what happens when your body doesn’t tolerate certain foods? It turns out we’re here to support you through that too. We want to foster confidence in your shopping experience regardless of food allergies or intolerances.

At Harmons we also recognize that food plays an absolutely necessary role in celebrations! What would a baseball game be without hot dogs? Thanksgiving without turkey? The Superbowl without wings? Or, Halloween without candy? The unfortunate reality is that some children do go without candy on Halloween due to food allergies. Did you know that 1 in 13 children in the U.S. have a food allergy? The prevalence of food allergies in children has risen 50% from the year 1997 to 2011.

To accommodate both the celebration of Halloween and the rise of food allergies, Harmons supports The Teal Pumpkin Project. This initiative encourages offering non-food items to trick-or-treaters to include those who may have allergies. Displaying a teal pumpkin on your porch signals there are non-food items available. We are proud supporters of this project that makes Halloween just a little bit more inclusive. For printable coloring pages and free resources on The Teal Pumpkin Project, visit their site here.

Harmons is your one-stop shop for everything you need. Check out our haunted Halloween aisle for fun non-food items to offer such as glow sticks, monster pencils, and vampire fangs to name a few! We also carry a unique brand of candy called Enjoy Life. This brand carries meticulously crafted products that are free from gluten and the 14 most common allergens. Check out their chocolate bars in our candy aisle.

Along with The Teal Pumpkin Project, we offer resources for those with allergies year-round. Along with our easy to spot gluten free tagging, we also offer store tours catered specifically to gluten free products. Are you allergic to something other than gluten? Schedule a nutrition counseling appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians to receive one-on-one guidance. Find your store’s Registered Dietitian here.

Here’s to wishing you a Happy, Allergen-Free Halloween!