pick your own pumpkin patch. i was hoping to find one this year and a friend turned me onto a great local farm. i have vivid memories of picking my own pumpkin as a kid. wandering through a huge, open patch and finding just the right pumpkin to carve for halloween. i wanted to give my kiddos that same experience and make some memories with them.
i loaded up my kiddos and some of their buddies joined us. we headed over to corona pumpkin farm and had an adventure. if you take a drive over the hill off cajalco parkway to gavilan road, the farm is up on the hill. it is family-owned and i was thrilled to find it. this is exactly what i had envisioned. along the way we discovered another small farm off of el sobrante road with not only pumpkins, but all kinds of fresh vegetables. the kids loved it. my friend and i enjoyed vine ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados and squash. i can't wait to go back. the farm is open year round. if the farmer is not at the location, he works on an "honor system." this made me love the farm even more. you can take whatever yummy goodies you'd like and leave your money in the mailbox.
we took this opportunity to dress up for the occasion - ok, well the girls loved that we wanted to dress them up and use this outing as an opportunity for more thematic photos. who doesn't need sparkle shoes and a tutu for the pumpkin patch??? i wish i had one to wear. my friend from tutulew's tutu's made gianna's halloween themed tutu and she wore that thing everywhere. gianna also had black fairy wings that her bff, emma wore. too cute! love these girls. (note: you will see my girl in many different tutus, she loves to wear them every day of the week. it's a good thing i've got a friend in the business.)
it was a warm - no, let me be honest - it was a HOT october afternoon with temperatures so high that it felt like we were picking pumpkins in the middle of summer. the kids didn't mind. they were content to run around the farm and explore. the farmer was so helpful. he talked with them about when the pumpkins are planted, how they grow and the different varieties of pumpkins. he also told us green pumpkins make the best tasting pies!
the corona pumpkin farm offers a variety of small animals for the kids to pet. this was a great educational experience for them. my little girl couldn't get enough of the baby chicks. she kept picking them up - usually by their head. i must have said: "be gentle. don't squeeze the chicks" 500 times. it's all part of the adventure, right? (no baby chicks were harmed during our adventure.) and this how my little people are going to learn.
|don't you love her glasses?|
|my littles at corona pumpkin patch|
i was really excited about our pumpkin adventure. we had fun with our friends. we picked our own pumpkins right out of the patch. and we supported a local business right here in the community where we live. yep, that's pretty awesome. we look forward to our return to the farm. i hear they'll be growing blackberries soon... YUM!