Walnut Grove, Minn.-Reports indicate that Harriet Oleson has received a shipment of pumpkin spice merchandise in advance of the fall season.
“Pumpkin spice? I’m not even sure I know what that means,” Nels Oleson, Harriet’s husband and co-proprietor of Oleson’s Mercantile, commented. “I’m not sure this will sit well with this community. Most of our customers aren’t into new fangled trends like this.”
Harriet Oleson disagrees with her husband. “I think this is just what Walnut Grove needs! Yes, yes, yes, it is the latest trend!” Harriet exclaimed while she unpacked crates of merchandise. “Why, just look at this–this pumpkin spice flour is just perfect for making delicious fall treats–bread, donuts, anything! Why, Walnut Grove is going to need to go on a diet by Christmas! And this new coffee–pumpkin spice flavored! Just add a little milk for a pumpkin spice latte! And to top it off, frame your windows with these pumpkin spice inspired curtains!”
Despite Harriet’s excitement, the citizens of Walnut Grove expressed some reservations. As Charles Ingalls commented, “Pumpkin spice latte? I don’t think that’s a good idea. There’s only one way I like my coffee: black and right before I go to bed.”
Caroline Ingalls agreed that it seemed excessive. “Honestly, just sugar is a luxury, and we all know there have been times we haven’t been able to afford it. Even if Charles were willing to try it, I’m not sure we could afford it.”
Other citizens questioned the impact that this would have on Walnut Grove. Miss Beadle wondered if the smell of pumpkin spice would overpower the lemon verbena scent for which she is famous. Meanwhile, Mrs. Foster wondered what, if any, impact this would have on the mail.
At press time, Harriet was trying to talk Mrs. Foster into buy pumpkin colored material to make a dress to match her latte for the fall church social.