We’ve been a poorly household this week. The return to ‘normality, a crazy Saturday night last week and the weather suddenly turning cold hasn’t helped, although before all this happened last Saturday I took my little lady to pick a pumpkin at a farm shop where they run pick your own
I really am a big fan of pick your own food, having a small stoney garden and very little time to tend to an allotment means that there isn’t much opportunity for J to learn about where food actually comes from. I hate the idea of her thinking vegetables come from a supermarket shelf and that’s why I go every year with her for peas and strawberries and whatever else they are growing at the time of my visits. It also helps support the local economy which can’t be bad either
On Saturday the hubster had some quiz prep to do for our annual Halloween event and as he isn’t as fond of pick your own as us we decided to have a girls adventure to the farm. The idea being J would pick a prized pumpkin to take home and show daddy ready for the evening’s festivities ahead
Last year I was too late for pick your own, and the farm we go to had the fields stripped from pumpkins during half term. This year I was organised and went before the break was in full swing, and more importantly the weekend before Halloween (apparently there’s been a shortage of pumpkins this year?!?!)
As we pulled up J declared that she wanted a small pumpkin, which was good news to me because all of the wheelbarrows were in use! This soon changed as soon as she saw the masses of pumpkins in the field and the sheer size of them and I was left carrying a pretty heavy, large pumpkin through the fields and into the farm shop
J saw how much I was struggling on the long trek back and offered me help to try ‘carrying’ it as well whilst desperately trying to hide from the mud on it (I need to work on that one with her!) She was more of a hindrance than a help and it took longer, but it was so sweet of her to offer and try
We also found a couple of small pumpkins for sale outside the shop which were several different varieties that J requested to have. I thought they were cute and she asked so nicely that I purchased them although I don’t actually know the different varieties aside from a munchkin pumpkin but they now have pride of place in my lounge
We also picked up a large butternut squash and some freshly picked corn on the cob which you just can’t beat. All in all our adventure cost just £7.18 and we arrived home with quite a haul and a lovely memory ready to carve it out and save the seeds for roasting
In the kitchen back home J worked on a munchkin pumpkin whilst I set to work on the larger one and she copied everything I did. As we came to the carving stage she held the knife with my hands over hers guiding it through the flesh and cutting out triangle eyes and a mouth
She was so well behaved as she understands how sharp knives are and followed my instructions throughout and was pleased as punch with her masterpiece afterwards! The only downside with her munchkin pumpkin was that it was too small to put a light in it. Next year we’ll get her a bigger one I’m sure!
Throughout this week we have carved a pumpkin most days, made butternut squash macaroni cheese and roasted pumpkin seeds. All heathy, fun activities and I’m also left with a child who is desperate to carve more and roast more soon!
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