The Great Pumpkin Search
For those of you concerned that we might have taken Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin, no worries, we were just in search for a perfect pumpkin of our own. The Great Pumpkin will still be coming by with treats tomorrow.
We recently made a little trip to THE pumpkin patch. It was beginning to feel like fall around here and we just couldn’t resist getting a few pumpkins to bring the fall indoors. I was probably a little more excited than normal for a 24 year old, but then again, it’s me!
We hooked up with another couple we’ve met through Jacob’s school, Liz and Brian, and carpooled to Sauvie Island to meet up with others from Jacob’s studio class at the location of the infamous Oregon Pumpkin Patch. It was a big place full of families picking out their fall pumpkins.
You could go out to the patch and pick your pumpkins fresh off the vine, or you could choose from the wide selection they had near and in the market and barns that were closer to the parking area. Naturally we set out for the patch and the full experience.
Trudging through the mud we saw tons of pumpkins and finally made our selection on two tall beauties. After cutting our precious treasure off the vine we kept going to help our friends find their loot of the day. Before we got out of the pumpkin patch we ended seeing two more irresistible pumpkins, so we grabbed those also and began the walk back to the bustling area to pay for our prizes.
Once we got the pumpkins paid for and in a cart to haul to the car, we began collecting pumpkins for the activity I was going to be doing with my Camp Fire kindergarteners and 1st graders the next week. We got an additional 10 medium sized pumpkins, which would be de-seeded and slaughtered later that week.
Of course we had to check out the barn full of fruits, veggies and other amazing fall things.
At this point we were all starting to get a little hungry, but the flower designer in me couldn’t resist the You-Pick flowers. So we quickly paid for a bucket ($12) and went off to the flower picking area.
We made off with some statice, scabiosa, zinnias, straw flowers and sunflowers. It was quite a loot! We finally got back to the car and packed everything in the back with our stomachs rumbling. We ended the trip with a visit to a little taqueria.
The rest of the day we spent organizing and arranging the flowers and pumpkins throughout our quaint space.
The Pumpkin Patch looks like a Portland Fall tradition that we will be enjoying next year.