Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Pumpkin Patch

Nothing seals the deal on fall like a trip to the pumpkin patch. We have a farm by us that uses no pesticides. They are not "certified" organic, but I am okay with that because that is just a bureaucratic stamp anyway. I visit often, see their practices, buy from them often, and trust their crops.Plus, they have the signature green John Deere tractor -- complete with the trailer that hauls loads of pumpkins in from the field.

This was our third trip there for pumpkins this season. First, we dipped our toe in and got two goodly-sized, round, jolly pumpkins for decorating. ($2.00 each) Then we went back and got three more; this time two were small for Amilia to cart around, and one was a curvy tall number with a saucy tilt to its stem. ($1.00, $1.00, $2.00)

Well, then I got an email that said they had adjusted their already insanely reasonable prices. Now E V E R Y pumpkin on the farm is just $1.00 each. Any shape. Any size. Already picked, or U pick. So, of course I ran right over.

And bought another 16 pumpkins. Everybody needs 21 pumpkins at harvest time. Right? Well, really, only 18 are for us. We picked up three by request from a family member. Some are small, but most are big. Some are GINORMOUS! Three of them were so big that I could not lift them. Mr. Nature had to wrangle those into the car.

I can smell the pie now.
And soup.
And toasted seeds.



1 comment:

Splendid Little Stars said...

$1 ! no way!
yum--pumpkin seeds!