A friend invited me to take home some pumpkins from his garden. I roasted one in the oven, scraped the flesh and made a pumpkin pie. I’ve always used canned pumpkin, so I was curious to see if I could taste any difference. They seem very similar in taste, yet their colors and textures are a bit different. I vote for fresh. Although canned produce is so convenient, homegrown impacts taste. Taste comes from more than what goes into my mouth. Preparing and eating this fresh pumpkin pie, I experienced the taste of my friend planting the seeds, watering the soil and nurturing their growth. I felt the warmth of the sun ripening them to a bright orange color. Touched by sunlight. Touched by wind. Touched by rain. Touched by God.