Pumpkin Picking ✨ 🎃 🍂
With less than two weeks left until Halloween and the Autumnal season, I decided to be spontaneous and go pumpkin picking! I had never been to a pumpkin patch before and I had always wanted to pick my own pumpkins.
Of course, you could pick up your pumpkins from the supermarket as you would any other fruit or vegetable, but I am trying my hardest to think and be more ethical. I did a google search for 'Nearest Pumpkin Patch' and low and behold, there was a farm just around the corner that had a PYO Pumpkin event. My nearest one was at Essington Fruit Farm. Being the Virgo that I am, I obviously did some research on the perfect time and day to visit the Pumpkin Patch and the essentials that I would need. It was pretty easy and really fun.
Wear appropriate footwear. The fields can get really muddy and slippery, so I would take some wellies or sturdy boots along with you.
Reusable bags. Most farms/markets will be promoting eco-friendly methods and are likely not to sell single-use plastic bags. Taking some reliable bags with you will save you money and will hold your pumpkins better than a plastic bag.
Take your own wheelbarrow. Whilst wheelbarrows are supplied, it gets very busy pretty quickly and so there may not be enough to go around.
Go as early as possible. It's really a first come first serve basis and if you want to get the cream of the crop then I would advise going before midday.
Have fun! I saw a lot of families there and you can really make a day of this within your local community.
You can never pass up the opportunity for a quick Autumnal photoshoot if you happen to be visiting a Pumpkin Patch, providing you have a photographer with you (thanks Mum!). I just love the vibrant and warm colours of the fall season, not to mention all the spices and flavoursome drinks and meals you can make with pumpkins. This year I'm going to attempt to make some vegan pumpkin goodies and I honestly couldn't be more excited.
I was pleasantly surprised at how many people attended the PYO Pumpkin event. We should all be supporting our local communities and farmer's markets where possible. Not only is it better for the environment, but you know exactly where your produce has come from AND you have picked it yourself.
If you haven't yet been to your local Pumpkin Patch, I highly recommend it. Not only was it a lovely Autumn day out, but I felt good doing it and I was excited to actually choose the pumpkin I wanted instead of being left with a smashed misshapen one from a supermarket.
The cost was impressive too! I expected it to be pretty pricey as it was from a farm but how wrong I was. The price of the pumpkin is dependent on its size and the biggest one (which literally looked like Cinderella's carriage) was only around £7! Whether they're for decorating, carving or cooking, I can guarantee that there is a Pumpkin out there for you.
There was also an amazing area for children to take photos and get creative and spooky, including a Pumpkin decorating table. And if you purchase your pumpkin and realise that you haven't got a carving kit, not to worry! The farm sold all the accessories you need. This may not be the case in all places, so I would try to purchase your kits beforehand.
A big thank you to Essington Farm for being lovely and helpful. I can't wait to get creative with my pumpkins and to bake some delicious treats. If you would like to see more of my Autumnal posts and what I'll be getting up to on Halloween you can visit my Instagram ☺️ I hope you all have a lovely last few weeks of Autumn and a spooky Halloween!