Pumpkin Patch Kids
Last weekend Jacob and I went to the pumpkin patch as part of our October traditions. This is something we did our fist year of dating - we took a bus all the way out to Richmond during the Thanksgving weekend to go to the pumpkin patch. We had to take busses for like an hour and a half to get back home with 4 pumpkins in tow. When we got home, we spent the rest of the day carving our pumpkins, drinking fall beers and making Thanksgiving dinner for friends. Since then, this grew into a tradition of ours that we wait for all year. It's basically as important as Christmas at this point! This year was our third time following this tradition. We went to Aldor Acres Family Farm in Langley - this time thankfully by car. We went to the same place last year and had an absolute blast! It's about a 40 minute drive from our place so it feels like a mini road trip. The farm has been around since 1988 and is spread around 25 acres of pumpkin patches, sunflower fields and a petting zoo. The whole place is decorated with pumpkins (obviously) and big enough to explore for a bit. When you're ready to go get your pumpkins, you get on this big tractor pulled wagon that takes you through the several pumpkin patches to find your one and only.
Here are some tips for going to the Pumpkin Patch from a seasoned pumpkin picker such as myself:
Try to go on a rainy day. There won't be that many kids. And if you do have kids, this means they will get pretty much unlimited time to pet the bunnies.
Arrive early. This also helps with avoiding that petting zoo line-up.
Bring napkins or paper towels. The pumpkins are muddy AF. Jacob got his pants dirty right away and was very kind to let me wipe my hands on them later.
A stem on a pumpkin is called a "peduncle". When picking a pumpkin, make sure it's green and fresh looking. If the peduncle is soft and brown, your pumpkin will rot faster.
Bring an umbrella/ wear a raincoat. This one is pretty self-explanatory.
Bring cash. Most of the vendors are cash only. There’s an ATM but it will charge you $3 for a withdrawal. No bueno.
Aldor Acres is very reasonably priced - entrance is $9 per person and for pumpkins they use this wooden measuring device. We got 1 giant, 1 medium and 1 small-ish pumpkins all for $12. There is also a Farmacy with homemade honey, sunflower bouquets and a food stand with pies, hotdogs and bevies. Parking is free because you basically park in a muddy grassy field. There is also a big sunflower field where you can pick all the flowers you can carry in one hand for $5.
After the pumpkin patch, Jacob and I carved our pumpkins while watching Hocus Pocus and Bettlejuice and drinking this beer. We also cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for our friends and almost started a fire in our place but that's a whole other story.