Pumpkin Season

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It’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about football season.  I’m talking about PUMPKIN season!

Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, pumpkin carving, pumpkin soup, and most of all- the annual trip to the patch.

This year we opted to go to Bowles Farm as our trip last year to Forrest Hall Farm was not quite as exciting as we wanted.

Bowles did not disappoint.  There was the patch of course but for the $10 admission fee for age 3 and up (group discounts are available) there was a corn maze, cornboxes to play in, a hay pit, a petting zoo, rides around the pumpkin patch on a tractor pulled barrel train and rides on a large red train around the corn maze.  There were also numerous photo op stations, a gourmet cupcake shop, lunch fare available for purchase, clean bathrooms, John Deere replicas to climb on and two covered picnic areas.

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The corn maze area also had a kid maze which offered plenty of excitement for our two year old.  I daresay she felt a bit intrepid.

Pumpkins from the patch were $5 regardless of weight or size and wheelbarrows were provided for the long walk back.  It’s always a long walk when you’re carrying a pumpkin.  And a baby.  And a toddler.  Therefore the wheelbarrows are a selling point.

This time of year I always find myself feeling especially grateful for the local farms.  How else would my child learn how corn and pumpkins grow?  As a renter I don’t have a garden outside my back door.  Neither do all the folks living in apartments, townhouses, etc.  Not to mention that farms offer the good-old-fashioned type of fun that many of us are always searching for.  No batteries lie in wait and no electronics.  Just a pit of corn to jump in to remind us all that simplicity is available to us if we choose it.  So thanks farmers, we are in your debt as always.

I love taking family pictures at the pumpkin patch.  It’s fun to see the difference from year to year and there are few places that offer more colorful backdrops.  We may drop in again between now and Halloween because it’s just that fun.  And because we had to drag our toddler away.  Happy Pumpkin Season to all.

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