It’s my favourite of all the autumn pastimes…. Pumpkin picking!!
And luckily for me, we live literally about three roads over from a Pick Your Own farm which also has many pumpkin patches where you can pick your own pumpkins!
I think this year they have three pumpkins patches to explore, each at least the size of a football pitch.
We decided to pop along one Monday afternoon and it was peacefully quiet so we had the patch all to ourselves.
Unfortunately this year we’ve had to break our pumpkin tradition of going with Alice and Arran, but as they were awaiting their own little pumpkin (hello Baby Spake) we left them to their little bubble and went along with Henry on our own. Don’t worry, tradition will be resumed next year and we will be levelling up the cuteness with a one and two year old!!
Anyway, we had a pretty great hour or so searching out the biggest pumpkins we could find (they’re really heavy FYI) and Henry thoroughly enjoyed sitting in their bright blue wheelbarrows.
Of course no trip to a pumpkin patch would be complete without a load of photos, so of course I took the camera along.
I was hoping for lots of cute photos on Henry in amongst the pumpkins, filling the photo with loads of that glowing orange, but alas, never work with kids if you want things to run exactly as planned, as he was most definitely more interested in sitting in the wheelbarrow or trying to push it. Apparently the pumpkin stalks made the ground a bit too troublesome for Henry and his wellies so he for once stayed put for the most part.
We also grabbed some sweetcorn, because fresh corn on the cob is just delicious, and Dann makes a mean concoction including butter, lime juice, paprika and a little chilli powder to smother over the corn and it is just so moreish! Henry even managed to find a cob that was completely peeled, which he proceeded to try and eat, unsuccessfully. He does like corn, but does prefer it cooked and on a spoon.
As with last you, we stocked up on a few of the teeny pumpkins and marrows too, so get ready to see them all over my instagram (sorry, not sorry).
Have you been pumpkin picking this year? And what shall I do with the pumpkins post-Halloween? Leave your suggestions and recipe links below!