Saturday, October 17, 2009


My garden was nearly a total bust this year. The herbs were strong, and we had a bounty of green beans and sugar snap peas, but the the rest... not so good. The tomatoes got late blight which happened in most of the northeast. (Late blight was what caused the potato famine in Ireland way back when.) Everything else was pretty unproductive. This was mostly due to an over-abundance of rain, a cold summer and not enough sun.

I had about eight pumpkin plants but only had two measly pumpkins... one green one slightly larger than a softball and one greenish orange about the size of a cantaloupe. These were not jack 0'lantern material, so today we went pumpkin shopping.

We could have gone to any area supermarket to buy them, but we wanted a fun experience, and we wanted more hot cider and cider donuts, so we went back to Wellwood Orchards where we did our apple picking.
Pipsqueak, my fashion maven, informed me that she wanted to wear orange and green this morning so she'd coordinate with the pumpkins, and she pulled out the pumpkin hat I made for her.
She wasted no time choosing a large one for me to carve and smaller one for her to carve. (We won't be carving until a couple of days before Halloween though.) She pulled the wagon holding our pumpkins, 1/2 peck of apples and a 2 year old local cheddar cheese to the car.

I rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. - Henry David Thoreau


~Molly~ said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her outfit!!!

We don't have a patch near us but we took the kids several years ago. Now that they are older it is easier to buy them at the grocery store and get it over with but I miss going to find that perfect one in the field.


Lorilee said...

Your daughter definitely has a flair for fashion! She looks so cute. We don't have a pumpkin patch that is very close by! The local grocery stores also do not have many pumpkins this year.
While your garden was fighting too much rain and cool weather, mine was suffering from NO rain and one of the hottest summers!

Liz said...

Oh how fun. My two little ones will be going to the patch with pre-school this year. I took my students last week. Such a fun fall activity...

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