Over the weekend, my sister, Jordan and I decided to cross pumpkin picking off of our fall bucket lists. It’s something that we did together last year, and we decided to keep the tradition going.
Last year, we went to a pumpkin patch near Purdue, since that’s where Molly was living at the time, but this year we went somewhere closer to home, Anderson’s Orchard — an apple orchard/pumpkin patch that I hadn’t been to in a long time. My other sister went to the apple orchard part of Anderson’s a couple of weeks ago, and was able to give us the heads up that the apples aren’t very good this year. Because of the drought that we had this summer, there aren’t very many on the trees, the ones that are there don’t look very good, and they raised the prices in order to make a profit. For these reasons, we decided to stick to the pumpkin patch, which was just as much fun :).
There weren’t too many to choose from (again, because of the drought), but we were able to find a couple of decent looking ones towards the back of the patch.
Jordan did the honors of cutting the pumpkins off of the vine, and we did our obligatory photo shoot 😉 before heading back to the orchard’s store to check out what goodies they had for sale this year.
We ended up with two smaller pumpkins for the inside of our apartment, as well as a jar of apple butter and a 1/2 gallon of apple cider. I was so tempted to go home with a candle or two, as well, but knowing that I could get similar scents less expensively at Bath & Body Works, I refrained:).
After checking out all of the goodies in the store, we made our way over to the concession stand. Molly and I used to look forward to getting caramel apples at Anderson’s once a year when we were younger, and we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity this year.
I ordered a caramel apple “fondue” and an apple cider slushy. The fondue-style caramel apple is perfect because you can dip the apple slices in the caramel and nuts rather than making a fool of yourself trying to bite into a whole apple. Or, at least, I always look like a fool when I do that :).
We ate our food on the outdoor picnic tables until we could no longer feel our fingers (it was cold!), and then we made our way home where I napped for an hour before getting up to make dinner. Apparently, the cold weather takes it out of me!
It was a great day at the pumpkin patch, and now I can cross one fall activity off of my bucket list. Until next year, Anderson’s :).
Do you go to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard every fall?
Do you live in an area with four distinct seasons?