Locallectual Newsletter: It's the Great Pumpkin Patch, Charlie Brown!
Pumpkins might just be one of the best parts of fall. Their bright orange color adds to autumn's gourd-geousness, if you will. Pumpkin patches across North America are in full-swing, bursting with these October favorites that are ready for your family to pick out, take home, and carve one up.
A few notable patches:
Didier Farms of Prairie View-Lincolnshire, IL: Nearly 100 years in the farming biz, Didier Farms has experience in all kinds of farming (Didier started with dairy and livestock farming), but has found its calling growing plants and produce. In the fall, their pumpkins, gourds, indian corn, and squash are ready to be picked, and you can bring the whole family to the farm for fun Pumpkinfest activities.
Sinkland Farms of Christianburg, VA: If you like a party with your pumpkin pickin', then head to Sinkland Farms and their annual Pumpkin Festival. The festival's 17th season features live dancing, a pumpkin catapult, and a Iron Chef-style cook-off with a not so shocking, secret ingredient (if you don't know, don't ask). Pumpkin Festival runs through November 6th, so hurry up and pumpkin up.
Clearview Farm of Sterling, MA: Not all pumpkins are created equal. Just ask the family behind Clearview Farm. The farm has been in the family for five generations and they know pumpkins inside and out. The farm grows nearly 10 varieties of pumpkins, along with gourds, apples, and on-site made cider.
Downey's Farm Market of Caledon, Ontario: While Downey's Farm Market doesn't grow their pumpkins on site, they have thousands of Ontario-grown pumpkins (along with other Ontario-grown fruit and veggies) from which to choose. Grab a dozen of their pumpkin donuts to take home while you're there.
It's easy to buy a pumpkin at your supermarket, but make it a family affair. Hit your local pumpkin patch for a day your family will not forget.