now that it’s fall and holidays are coming at us, i’m finding that one of the hard parts of the road life is realizing that we won’t be able to do a lot of our family traditions. my timehop app on my phone keeps reminding me of things like patterson farms, pumpkin carving, baking and decorating cookies, and other halloween and fall themed activities. i’m sure it will get worse as thanksgiving and christmas get closer.
anyhow, even though some of the traditions will have to take a timeout while we are on the road, there are some that i can make happen anywhere. like a pumpkin patch trip. i scoured the internet for nearby-ish options and settled on the roba family farms, about an hour and a half away.
we decided to go on a weekday, to avoid the terrible crowds i had read about on the internets. but, that also meant that a lot of the attractions were closed. on the website, i had read that face painting was only available on the weekends, but magically, the face painting lady was in fact there, and the girls took full advantage.
the theme of the entire pumpkin patch this year is the great pumpkin. they played music and sound bites over the loudspeakers. there was a peanuts themed bingo board scavenger hunt through the whole farm. and the corn mazes are made in the shapes of peanuts characters.
(not my pic, obviously)
(linus was my favorite).
i have seen this exactly pumpkin themed height measurer at three pumpkin patches in my life, and i have seen pictures of it online in many more. i think it’s the first thing you buy when you open a pumpkin patch.
after the playground and haystacks frolics, we rode the hayride back to the entrance area, where we partook in some delicious cider donuts. sadly, they were premade, and not straight out of the fryer and warm. but, we survived.
and then, we left.
(with a bag of honeycrisp apples).
it was a fantastic pumpkin patch. there weren’t many people on a tuesday afternoon, so we had the run of the place. i like things that way. crowds are stressful. i was sad there was no corn pit, which is our favorite thing about “our” pumpkin patch in nc. everything was very clean and there was a LOT to do and i pretty much had to drag the kids out, against their wills.