Pumpkin Picking, Autumn,and The World's Largest Gnome (with photos)
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!
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 GnomeClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 PatchClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 PumpkinsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 SceneryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 animalsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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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