Pumpkin Picking, Autumn,and The World's Largest Gnome (with photos)

Pumpkin picking, October 2010
Pumpkin picking, October 2010 | Source

Cool nights and colorful days can mean nothing else but Autumn (or Fall to some people). Summer's warmth and bright flowers have faded but all is not barren yet. Autumn brings with it's crisp air it's own colors...warm and beautiful in an Autumn kind of way. Together with those colors and the time of year comes Halloween and Thanksgiving, the holidays that cry out for PUMPKIN!

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area like I do, then pumping picking is a necessary and enjoyable day trip for children of all ages. Everyone needs the perfect pumpkin and you can't trust just anyone to find it for you. It is definitely something you need to do for yourself!

Pumpkin patch

In the distance you can see a pumpkin patch!
In the distance you can see a pumpkin patch! | Source

Well, almost by yourself, after all this definitely merits a family outing as I said earlier. Many of us have happy memories of picking pumpkins in a field just loaded with pumpkins of all sizes and shapes...pumpkins that seem to go on endlessly. Of course, like apple picking or any other self picking season, you really need to get to the pumping patch early to get the best ones!

Weather plays an important role in pumpkin picking....a rainy season makes pumpkin picking an acrobatic act of maintaining your balance as you slide through muddy fields. Some farms, in an effort to avoid totally mud covered patrons, will pick pumpkins and place them in a dryer field for you to then 'pick' yourself. No vines to contend with and still fun to do.

Our trip to the pumpkin patch of course involved a trip to a local farm that specializes in Autumn antics for all ages. There are farms with hayrides, corn mazes, hay tunnels, there's even a local farm with a zip line. Due to my decidedly calmer demeanor I decided to skip the zip line...but the season's not over yet, I may still hit that farm (no pun intended). Back to the farm we chose, pumpkin picking, flower picking, raspberry picking, a hayride, a very large jumping area for children, a miniature golf course and the piece de resistance....The World's Largest Gnome!!

"Chomsky - World's Largest Garden Gnome - Guinness World Record holding, 13'6" tall garden gnome on a beautiful Hudson River Valley Farm" It is rumored tat Chomsky has been demoted to second largest, however since I do not have a 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of Records, I can neither substantiate nor deny the claim. What I can do is say that "Chomsky" is large and cool.

World's Largest Gnome

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My three year old grandson with his Aunt Tara on Chomsky.Myself with my two daughters and grandson posing with ChomskyMy grandson sitting on Chomsky's foot.
My three year old grandson with his Aunt Tara on Chomsky.
My three year old grandson with his Aunt Tara on Chomsky. | Source
Myself with my two daughters and grandson posing with Chomsky
Myself with my two daughters and grandson posing with Chomsky | Source
My grandson sitting on Chomsky's foot.
My grandson sitting on Chomsky's foot. | Source

This is all lovely, you're thinking, but what about the pumpkins? Well, we took a hayride to the pumpkin patch and there we picked our pumpkins. They were laid out in the field for us but there were plenty to choose from. This year the patch included white pumpkins. White pumpkins have been offered in the past but not usually in the patch.

The Pumpkin Patch

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My grandson picking out a pumpkin..yes there were white ones too.Just the right pumpkinMy brother and grandson holding pumpkins; my daughter and son-in-law looking on...this was the hay wagon.
My grandson picking out a pumpkin..yes there were white ones too.
My grandson picking out a pumpkin..yes there were white ones too. | Source
Just the right pumpkin
Just the right pumpkin | Source
My brother and grandson holding pumpkins; my daughter and son-in-law looking on...this was the hay wagon.
My brother and grandson holding pumpkins; my daughter and son-in-law looking on...this was the hay wagon. | Source

Earlier I said Autumn brings it's own colors and there are none brighter than those found at our local farms....this farm was certainly no exception. Mums are everywhere (for purchase too), and flowers you can pick yourself to take home your own bouquet. Small scenarios that make perfect photo ops are nestled here and there as well.

Autumn Flowers and Pumpkins

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A definite photo op with mountains in the backgroundA closer look at the photo opMy grandson in an Autumn settingMums for saleA closer look at the pumpkinsFlowers for cuttingA small yellow butterfly on the flowers
A definite photo op with mountains in the background
A definite photo op with mountains in the background | Source
A closer look at the photo op
A closer look at the photo op | Source
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My grandson in an Autumn setting
My grandson in an Autumn setting | Source
Mums for sale
Mums for sale | Source
A closer look at the pumpkins
A closer look at the pumpkins | Source
Flowers for cutting
Flowers for cutting | Source
A small yellow butterfly on the flowers
A small yellow butterfly on the flowers | Source

As you can see from the photos we have lots of mountains around us. They always make a nice backdrop for any kind of photo. Around the farm's property were other lovely photo opportunities.

Autumn Scenery

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An irrigation pond on the farmA second irrigation pondFarmlandA view of the fields
An irrigation pond on the farm
An irrigation pond on the farm | Source
A second irrigation pond
A second irrigation pond | Source
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Farmland
Farmland | Source
A view of the fields
A view of the fields | Source

No farm is complete without farm animals and what better way to keep those little pumpkin pickers busy than to provide a petting zoo? My grandson, of course, was on the run and not all that interested in stopping to pet the animals, but grandma saw yet another photo op!

Farm animals

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Cows are the mainstay of any farmHere's to you looking at meGoats looking for a  handout
Cows are the mainstay of any farm
Cows are the mainstay of any farm | Source
Here's to you looking at me
Here's to you looking at me | Source
Goats looking for a  handout
Goats looking for a handout | Source

Our day was still not over. There was a large wooden train for the kids to play on, a large jumping balloon, and the obligatory shapes to stick your head in to take pictures.

All in all this was a great family outing of pumpkin picking!

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More fun

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Large wooden trainLarge bouncy balloon...good for pulling tooMy brother and my grandson (the cat's meow)My grandson 'driving a tractor'
Large wooden train
Large wooden train | Source
Large bouncy balloon...good for pulling too
Large bouncy balloon...good for pulling too | Source
My brother and my grandson (the cat's meow)
My brother and my grandson (the cat's meow) | Source
My grandson 'driving a tractor'
My grandson 'driving a tractor' | Source

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Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

What a great hub. We are going to the pumpkin patch this weekend and I can't wait especially after reading this.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I lived in the Hudson River Valley for several decades, that spanned my son's childhood and this hub brought back many fond memories of visits to farms for apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, mazes and to feed/observe the farm animals.

Enjoyed the photos of your family and the mountain vistas. Also loved the giant gnome.

Voted up across the board except for funny. Also shared and pinned.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great day trip for your grandson! We have several of these farms in our area and they are a kick to visit....but no gnome, sadly! I'm glad you all had fun; great pictures, Mary!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a lovely hub for Autumn. Thanks for taking us along to the pumpkin patch. We have one similar in the county in which I live. It is so much fun to take the grands along. Lovely photos. Voted up, etc. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Steve I hope you enjoy as much as we did AND I can't wait to see your pictures!

HBN how funny is that...you lived right near here for decades! The gnome is definitely a draw. Thanks for the votes, share and pin!!

Billy, thanks for stopping and reading my hub about family fun.

Faith, it is always my pleasure to bring my hubbers with me! God bless.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

We actually just did this, this weekend and we do this every year. So I loved how you shared your experiences here for all of us. The gnome was totally awesome too!! Have of course voted and shared all over too :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Janine...the best part of pumpkin picking is of course, the kids!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Awesome photos! What a cute grand child. He looks like a hand full. My sister lives in Upstate NY near Saratoga Springs. The two times I have been there were wonderful. She lives on an old dairy farm with her very own mountain. Lovely place to visit, but wouldn't want to spend winter there. :-(


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

He is a total little boy Austinstar. Never stops. We are south of Saratoga Springs so our winters are a tad milder, but not much. Having her own mountain must be great! Thanks for stopping by.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Til, voted up and all across but funny. Shared also. Just did an article on pumpkins, tattoos of course. It is cool what they symbol. Great article, loved all the great pictures also. Your grandchild is cool:) What a great gift from God. I always wanted to live on a big farm or have a lot of land to do as I wish. Hope all is well Til. Wishing you all many blessings.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Thanks for the sharing Mary...how I wish I could be there with you all to enjoy the fun...oops, actually...I love picking...


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a fabulous hub and photos, I so wanted to be there with my grandchildren picking pumpkins! Your grandson looks awesome!

Thank you for this delightful read, voting up.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Mary C. Thanks for the photos and the memories. There is nothing like Pumpkin Picking around this time. The Leaves, the kids, the costumes, the jack-o-lantern carving, and above all peace with nature. Was a nice ride with visuals and true colors. Thanks!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What a wonderful way to start my day! Reading about this Pumpkin Patch! Your grandson is adorable, and I can tell he had lots of fun that day. Beautiful background of the mountains. I've never seen a white pumpkin!

That cow needs me there to get her milked; she needs it!

Thanks for writing this now in the Halloween season.

I voted this UP, etc. and will share.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Knowing your showcase of tattoos I'll bet they're as beautiful as the real thing Lyricwriter. I'll be by to check them out. My grandchildren are the best...God has been very good to me.

Always welcome Injured lamb.

MM wish you could be here! It was a great day and yes, he is truly a gem of a three year old!

Lord, you are welcome. It was a lovely day for all of us. Can't wait till Halloween to share with so many more kids.

Mary I'll take you to that cow straight away ;) Thanks for the votes.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Well done in its representation of the season and much interesting information about pumpkins. They are so much the essence of this Fall Season and reflective of the cool changes this time of the years. Thank you for sharing this in your words and beautiful photos,tillsontitan. Voted up and interesting, as well as awesome and beautiful.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing an idyllic fall day! My grandparents used to grow pumpkins and some of my fondest memories are when my grandfather came out to the patch to help us pick one out. :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til....I adore this time of year and I DO live an area much like yours.....meaning we both get to embrace the most exquisite Autumns in all the nation. Your photos are wonderful....colorful scenes and happy people......Whoa! that is some GIANT gnome! Your darling little grandson must have gotten a kick out of him! (I am shocked at the prices of PUMPKINS!!, aren't you?) I may need to find some red necks who go out pumpkin patch robbing late at night!!!......kidding....

Once again, a very enjoyable read, Til.......Trick or Treat! UP+++


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

HEY! Just noticed the new profile pic!! I love it. Are you the evil Queen from Alice in Wonderland?.....GREAT costume & make-up job!.....But you are not evil, Tillie......you should be "Glinda," the Good Witch of the North. However, you ARE a Queen with your PERFECT 100 score!! Bravo.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Whonunuwho, no matter what season you like Fall is definitely one of the prettiest with color everywhere. I appreciate your comments and votes!

Mollymeadows what wonderful memories you have!

Effer, I know we share the seasons...the gnome is something isn't he? As for my grandson, well, I don't have to say any more about him! Prices are ridiculous just like everything else...the Queen from Snow White btw...thanks as always Effer, you notice and make me feel good.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow!! those are great Mary! I really love the pumpkin pictures, i never saw nor experience like that my whole life... wished i could visit your place.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Snow White!! Of course! She was nasty.......I'm trying to remember, but I think the queen from ALICE was a bit looney, wasn't she?

Well ...that's the whole concept of "costumes and masks"......being someone we are not.......because my Tillie is neither nasty or looney...(well, ok, maybe a bit silly when the girls get together!!) LOL!!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

If you ever want to come here unknown spy, you have a place to stay!

Effer, I was the Queen from Alice last year ;) As for looney....don't talk to my kids LOL!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Beautiful hub that reminds me of pumpkin patch visits of years gone by. Luckily my daughter still likes to go, but we don't stay as long as we used to. Beautiful pictures too!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Glimmer...while walking around in the pumpkin patch can be tiring ;) it is still exhilarating.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I always wondered where the world's largest gnome was located at.....lol. Excellent and timely hub.....this weekend we are taking the little girls to the pumpkin patch to pick out there Halloween pumpkins.....we having dueling pumpkin patches...just dying to get our business.....over the years they have gone to including hay rides and huge inflatibles to get our kids to but their overpriced pumpkins....but each year we go ahead and bite the bullet and take them to the patch....great photos to good with a great hub...voted up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

That was lovely! I wish I could have jumped on a plane and joined you there! lol! great photos, and what a lovely day out, votes all round!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Forgot to say, I want that Gnome! haha!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I know what you mean Cogerson...I was amazed to find we had to pay for the hayride! Hope you have a great time pumpkin picking!

He is cool isn't he Nell? Our County (Ulster) is looking into a PR thing called "The Valley of the Giants" and having each town erect their own 'large' statue representative of their town. I live in the town of Rosendale which used to be world reknown for it's Portland Cement so our town is thinking of a giant miner...I'll keep you posted. P.S. Come visit anytime!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very interesting hub. I really enjoy it and the pictures so beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Prasetio, nice to know you enjoyed my hub.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

"but the season's not over yet, I may still hit that farm" Ha ha (if you are confused, ya'll just have to read it). A nice reminder that I need to get some pumpkins for the school. It is also good that the farms have additional attractions to them.

Up, awesome, shared, tweeted and pinned.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Ah Brett, there's definitely time to hit the farm though here the pickins are getting slim! Thank YOU for the great vote, tweet and pin! Have a good one.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Beautiful! Wish I could experience the seasons. The pumpkins looks delicious!! Lovely photos too! WTG Mary! Shared and voted up!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Michelle. It's always a nice experience. Do you have more than one season?


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

My Sister just did this with her kids and husband! Because I lived in the city, I never had a chance to actually go pumpkin picking, but I'll definitely have to try it when I can. YOu definitely did a great job showcasing how fun it can be. Thanks for sharing!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Keith, it really is a fun outing.

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