Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Every year since our kids were little, we have made the annual trek to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins.  The "kids", now 21 and 14 yrs, insist that this continue and I really don't mind it.  It gives us a chance to get outside and be together as a family.  We try to choose different fields every couple of years and this year chose a new one out in  the countryside.  We went to a working farm, rode on haybales pulled by a tractor out to the pumpkin fields where we pecked around looking for just the right ones!  Of course we must search the entire field first!  The rule: You have to be able to carry your own pumpkin!  Hot apple cider fresh from the apple press was the perfect ending to the adventure~  nothing like fresh cider with a hint of cinnamon!   WARNING: picture heavy post! 

I made them go in the "kiddie maze" so I could get this picture!

Our tractor driver seemed to be enjoying the sunshine

Since it was one of the rare sunny weekends we get in the fall, everyone AND their dog came out to get pumpkins too!  The pickins were gettin slim!  I don't know if there will be anything left for this coming weekend! 

One of the things I noticed as we walked around on the farm was that these people had everything they needed for food right on their farm!  They had grapes vines, berry bushes, a small orchard, several patches of veggies, cows, a couple of pigs and chickens!  Totally self-sustained.  I was impressed. 

 There was even a covered wagon to take people out to the patches for their pumpkins!  A very nice place, lots to do for the little ones too. 

What are your fall family traditions? 

1 comment:

Welcome! said...

How fun! Looks like it was a beautiful day! :)


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