Monday, October 18, 2010

A Pumpkin Filled Day

My pal Sarah planned a pumpkin carving party yesterday at her house which started with heading out to the pumpkin patch first thing in the morning. We went last year too and it was so much fun I am hoping it is becoming a tradition! The pumpkin patch we go to is at Lone Pine Farms and is only a little ways out of town. They have goats, hay/corn mazes, playgrounds, food and of course PUMPKINS!

The goats are always really cute. They have food you can buy to feed them. Some of them are high up on a goats-only path that goes over head.

Normally you take either a tractor or horse drawn ride out to the patch so this year we got our tickets and boarded. Our friends Dave and Kim decided instead to walk to the closest patch and I was like "who wants to gotta take the ride!!". Well it turns out it wasn't a very good pumpkin season in these parts so the tractor took us around the perimeter and ended up just dropping us off right next to Kim and Dave. It turns out that WAS the only patch! It was kind of stupid ha ha. We ended up walking back!

After picking your pumpkin you have to put it on a big scale and get it weighed. Then the best part happens....TREATS! Inside the store there are piles and piles of fresh produce and sweet treats. We always get a bag (or bags depending on who you are) of the farm's kettle corn but it is also fun to check out the other treats. They had the biggest carmel apples we had ever seen.

Sarah had planned the carving part for the afternoon so after coming home for a bit I made some homemade scalloped potatoes and headed back over. I am a firm believer in the pumpkin carving kits that come with tools and templates so I got a new one this year to bring and share. Everyone got to work and our pal Dave toasted the pumpkin seeds in the oven (which came out delicious). Adam sat out front where he had more "elbow room" and carved a masterpiece.

The pumpkins started lining up outside the house before it was dark but luckily we didn't have to wait long before it was dark enough to see them in all their glory. We ended the evening with a game of Apples to Apples (which by the way is my favorite game ever). It was a great day!

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