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Pumpkin Picking at Hodges Family Farm

I took Bean to the pumpkin patch for the first time when he was around two years old. I don’t remember all the details of that day, except for the adorable red devil costume he wore that almost gave his religious paternal grandmother a heart attack (in my defense,
I was working full-time, working towards my Master’s degree part-time, raising a two year old on my own and it was the last “cute” costume available – sue me!). I certainly don’t remember having as much fun then as we did this weekend at Hodges Family Farm.

Frijol el Diablo

We heard that a lot of pumpkin patches were picked over by now and after our experience at Windy Hill Orchard (Hurricane Florence, plus an unusually large crowd the following week brought the U Pick season to a close earlier than expected), we weren’t quite sure what to expect. But we were pleasantly surprised by the availability of pumpkins and the pumpkin picking experience the farm created. The farm had pre-picked pumpkins on display for purchase, as well as an actual pumpkin patch a few yards away that I’m sure served as everyone’s photo backdrop.

We saved pumpkin picking for last and spent most of our time touring the farm, petting the animals, jumping on bales of hay and posing for pictures every chance we got.

I could have spent our entire visit behind the camera. The farm was so beautiful and full of photo opportunities, both staged and candid. Even Bean paused his usual grumbling and beamed happily at my camera when I asked him to. His grandparents were so happy to see the pictures. We even let Bean take a few!

We’re planning to carve our pumpkin tomorrow evening. Avon picked this design but, considering that we’ll have less than a week until Thanksgiving, do you think I can convince him to carve a family portrait instead? 

Did you go pumpkin picking this season? How did you decorate with your pumpkin(s)? Let me know below! 

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