A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

One might assume with how much I love autumn, that surely I’ve been to a pumpkin patch before, but this year was actually my very first time visiting one.  In year’s past, we either grew our own pumpkins, such as the likes of this monstrous sized one…

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My beloved Junior ~ the best dog there ever was  ❤

Or we just picked them up at random roadside stands or at a local market.

But now, without a garden large enough to grow our own, and with living in the midst of a busy city, we were wanting more of that country type of feeling added to our pumpkin selecting experience.  So after looking online for nearby pumpkin farms, we took a short drive to Waldoch Farm.

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In going there on a weekday, we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.  We saw a school bus in the parking lot when we pulled in and expected the pumpkin patch to be overrun by children, but they were in a different area of the farm during the time we were there.  Even though I enjoyed the more private setting with just my daughter and I out there amongst the pumpkins, I was sort of hoping there would be some children frolicking around.   I miss children.  I miss being around their wonderful energy and curiosity.  After eleven years of working at a school with them, I’ve felt a bit deprived in the four years since.  I would love to eventually get back to working with children in some sort of capacity in the future.

In the meantime, I’ll settle for enjoying my own (not-so-much-one-anymore) child.  Here she is picking out a pumpkin…

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And here’s the one I picked…

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We’re super excited to carve them tomorrow!  😀

 

And here’s just a random pumpkin I snapped a photo of…

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Aren’t pumpkins just the happiest looking things?  🙂

 

We also picked up a couple of other pumpkins, along with a few gourds to set out in front of the house…

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This warty yellow one is our favorite…

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My mom came along with us to the pumpkin patch too.  She didn’t go trudging through the fields to pick out pumpkins with us, but I snapped a photo of her waiting in the car.  Even though you can’t see her in the backseat with the tinted glass.  😉

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It was my mom’s as well as my daughter’s first time to a pumpkin patch too and the three of us had a really fun first-time experience.  Maybe this will become a new tradition for us in the years to come.  It’s never too late to start a tradition is it?  😉

 

How about you?  Have you ever been to a pumpkin farm to pick your own pumpkins…?

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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33 responses to “A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

  1. Jewels this is a precious post….. it reminded me of a family tradition we had before my Dad passed… the day before Christmas him , my son and I played a round of golf together…. right up to the year he died… the practice stopped there it was just not the same without him… so it is never too late… you and your daughter + Mom could do it every year…. how wonderful it could be….

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  2. We have a local pumpkin patch, but over the years it’s gotten less seasonal, a little bit touristy, and the cost has gotten higher and higher. When I was a kid, it was a day’s adventure for a child — pictures of me on a pony, in a hayride, standing with a scarecrow, picking a pumpkin, watching people make corn dollies — my father assures me all this was easily affordable. When Bubba and Sissy were small, $10 a head got you a hayride to and from the patch, with a cup of cider and a pumpkin of any size upon return. Now with Sassy and Moo, hayrides are dollars a head, pumpkins are per pound (!!!) and cider isn’t included. SO, lol, we just pick them up on the side of the road from people who are not greedy 🙂
    I never did get my back 40 sorted for pumpkins. The Mister got behind on mowing, and then mowing was a lost cause, and I called a few people to come till, but they were booked, so um, better luck to us next year!

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    • It’s sad how times have changed and made those simple things like going to the pumpkin patch more commercialized, sounds like some lovely memories though. ❤
      Planting pumpkins in your back 40 would be perfect, you should definitely get on that for next year! 😀

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  3. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin patch visit, Julie. It sounds like the three of you had a fun time, and it’s a good reminder that there’s no time like the present to try something new 🙂

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  4. I loved this, Jewels! You and your daughter are totally beautiful, and your pooch simply precious!!! Such bright, gorgeous fall photography. What a wonderful visit you had that made me want to go back to walk among the trails of my own pumpkin patch. Thank you, Jewels. 🙂

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  5. Julie, I appreciate your enthusiasm for life, bringing so many ordinary things to life! 🙂 I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch either. Great pumpkin you picked along with your lovely gourds under the tree. Thanks again for sharing your fall delights with us. 🙂

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    • Thanks Brad! 🙂 So we’re not the only ones who have never been to a pumpkin patch. It’s very common to do so here, and I feel like we’re the only ones who haven’t, but we’ve just never had a reason to go before. Now that I have went, I can say that I highly recommend it! 😀 I really love all of our pumpkins and gourds too, they’re so bright and festive, just so cheerful!
      Love autumn sooo very much…

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  6. I have been to a pumpkin farm before and I carved four pumpkins a few days ago with 4 deafblind individuals. It was great fun. No one wanted the pumpkin seeds so I took them home and roasted them up. They were delicious.

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    • I’d think that would be quite a challenge carving a pumpkin being deaf and blind, glad you all had great fun! No one wanted the seeds? Bonus for you, roasted pumpkin seeds… so tasty! 😀

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  7. Fascinating – no, never been to a pumpkin patch .. we sadly buy ours from the local veg shop!
    Stunning photos Jewels and just love the ones of your daughter and yourself!

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  8. Now that I think about it, I have only been to a pumpkin patch once, our tradition was a trip to the apple orchard.

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  9. Gourd blimey gal! (as we say here in England), is that a tiny dog you’ve got there or is it the world’s largest pumpkin? 😉

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  10. I love all that is fall; you did an amazing job capturing that. Love the photos.

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  11. I have only touched a pumpkin once and that was in Ireland. After that I havent even seen one, so I would have so much loved to come with you! You look so so sweet and happy and lovely, and your daughter has this otherworldly beauty, like she really was from the fairy realm or something like that 🙂 🙂

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    • Aw thank you so much, Trini! ❤ And I'll be sure to tell my daughter that you think she has 'this otherworldly beauty like from the fairy realm,' she'll like that! I've always loved taking her picture, she's so photogenic. And I think she's such a beautiful young lady, but then I am her mother, so of course I'm a bit biased. 😉

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  12. Wow – looks like a great time 🙂

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  13. Oh wow, those are some huge pumpkins. We eat a lot of squash and pumpkin like gourds here in Brazil. They’re great. I’ve never seen one as big as those though. Even when I was a kid growing up in Canada, I don’t think I ever some any as big as those. Looks like you guys had fun. And yes, yes, yes, you’re never too old to establish new traditions. I say “Go for it.”
    🙂

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  14. I’ve never seen a pumpkin patch Julie – it just looks brilliant. Your own pumpkin is pretty awesome I think!! 🙂

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    • It was a lot of fun growing our own pumpkins, especially those giant varieties, but it was also fun going to the pumpkin patch. Yay for experiencing new things! 🙂

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