Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Pickin'

Today the Morris family went to the Old Baker Farm in Harpersville, AL to pick out our fall pumpkins.  Now, you should know that for the last 4 years we have gone to the Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch in Clanton, AL with the Hagoods.  We have always had a blast.  Sadly, right now we have had the most difficult time coordinating schedules, so we did not get to go together.  In the spirit of broken traditions, we also decided to try this new patch and see what we've been missing...
Upon arrival, Rob saw these trees.  "Mommy what kind of trees are those?"  Me: "Those are real Christmas trees growing in the ground.  Not every tree comes in a cardboard box ready to plug in to the wall socket."  Hahaha.  My poor, sheltered, child!
First stop: The hay-bale maze.  It was fun.  Rob really enjoyed the loose hay.  Thank God for nose spray!  He inherited my allergies!
As this is a working farm, they have acres and acres of cotton plants.  They gathered a lot of it and filled a trailer for the kiddos to play in real cotton.  Again allergies!  It's a wonder either of us can breathe at all tonight!
I want to tell you how much fun we had here, but this is pretty much it for activities other than a petting area, and Rob just went on a field trip 3 days ago, so he's all good on his chicken/rooster/goose/baby calf observations for a while!  Let's go get those pumpkins.  You have to board a hayride to go out to the pumpkin fields.  Oh look!  A photo op while in line:
Here we go!
"Daddy, will you hold me?  My feet are so tired!"
"I like this one!"
"Hey, this one is just my size.  I'll carry it."
 After searching the fields, we settled on two small pumpkins, and one nice one for carving.  Do not adjust your resolution, the large one is green.  Again, perhaps it's because we are only one week out from Halloween and there were only slim pickin's left, or perhaps it's because we should have gone on to our favorite patch, but this was pretty much as good as it got.
 The prices were a little high.  It cost $30 for our family to enjoy this day: $10 per person ages 2 and up and that included one pumpkin each.  If CC wanted one, we would have to shell out an additional $9.  And if you look closely at this sign, that's a $3 increase from sometime ago.  There's a 6 underneath that 9...
We were also told you had to pay $25 additional if you wanted a giant pumpkin.  Someone better go fetch this lady's wallet:
 Here comes the return-trip tractor, so I gotta go catch my ride.
All in all the day was not a waste.  Rob had fun.  I am glad we went so that we can say "Been there; done that."  However, in my personal opinion, Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch in Clanton is so much better!  Free admission.  You pay as you go for activities, so you could easily surpass the $10/person mark.  But it is up to your own discretion.  And you simply cannot beat their gorgeous giant sunflowers field photo op.  See ya in Clanton next October. 

PS: we carved the green/orange pumpkin when we got home, but I'm saving that for another post.  I have dirty kids in need of a bath.

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