Thursday, November 6, 2014

Punkin Picking 2014

I am still in denial that it is November! A few weeks ago,  I did some research and found a pumpkin patch not to far from us to go on the hunt for our perfect pumpkin. Last year we ventured to Patterson's Farm in Salisbury, NC. It was a neat experience and they had tons of games and play structures and animals for kids to enjoy. But the "pumpkin patch" itself was kind of a let down.  We rode a wagon along the farm and then the pumpkins were just laying in a field at the end of the ride. They were pre-bought and placed there, which is fine. But I'm all for authentic, and I wanted to find a place with a legitimate pumpkin patch. I wanted my pumpkin to come off the vine! (Not to be picky or anything.)

Just a few miles further is Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC, my hometown. This is the place we went apple picking last year, and somehow I had no clue they grew pumpkins there also! I was excited to find that out. We called my parents to meet us there and all of us piled on a hay wagon and rode down to acres of pumpkin vines. It was chilly and overcast that morning, but to me it made all the more enjoyable. Call me crazy,  but I have a hard time getting into the fall spirit if it is 80 degrees outside.

Landon's favorite part was riding the hay wagon which was pulled by a huge tractor. Anything with a tractor involved is a winner in his book. He's easy to please.  My favorite part about this adventure of ours was getting to roam around the field of pumpkins- I love any place that Landon can run and play and explore without having to worry about cars or tons of people or anything. Just space. It's good for the soul.

After finding our pumpkins, we loaded back on the hay wagon, and headed back to the main area where they had apple cider waiting on us. It wasn't a lot of frills and thrills. But it was a neat experience and I would definitely go back next year. I also love that I get to share a place that was a part of my childhood with Landon. We live in the town where John grew up, so Landon sees and experiences plenty of things that John did as a child. So to share with him something from mommy's childhood was special. We have pictures of me as a kid in elementary school riding on those same hay wagons going to pick apples on a class field trip!

Happy Punkin Picking!

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