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The Pumpkin Patch That is the Most Sincere

We made our annual trek to the pumpkin patch on Sunday. We started a tradition a couple of years ago of going to Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, MN (about a half hour north of the Twin Cities) and I look forward to it every year. There is so much to do, you could easily spend many hours there. We were there for about two hours and only did a fraction of what they have going on!

Our first stop is always the animals. They have goats, sheep, horses, cows and chickens you can feed. We always spend the most time with the goats. I love goats. This year Ollie was a bit more hesitant about letting the animals eat out of his hand, but he was happy to drop the feed into the pens for them.

Our next stop was going to watch them fire the Pumpkin Cannon. They do this once an hour. It’s a pneumatic cannon (so it’s not loud, it goes poof) and man does that pumpkin fly. Just past the viewing area for that, they had a “Touch A Tractor” this year. This ended up being the hit of the day for Ollie. He actually asked to go back to this area before we left, you know he loves it when that happens!

We just missed the tractor ride to the pumpkin patch, so we went and spent some time over on these giant tricycles that they have. This was the first year that Ollie confidently chose one and just rode around all on his own. I think he’d have stayed there all day if we’d let him! Soon we saw the tractor coming back though, so we got in line to get our ride out to the pumpkins.

It was a chilly ride to the pumpkin area! Thankfully we were pretty well dressed for the day. We walked around and looked at a bunch of different pumpkins and found the ones we each liked best.

As you can see, Ollie was pretty proud of the pumpkins we picked out! He wanted to carve them right away! We had to explain that it would be better to wait until next weekend so they stay nice for Halloween. He was satisfied with that answer!

Overall we had another great day out there and I see this being a tradition that will continue for years to come. I saw plenty of older kids having a pretty good time as well, so I don’t see Ollie outgrowing this anytime soon!

7 thoughts on “The Pumpkin Patch That is the Most Sincere

  1. This looks like such a fun farm! I always enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch when I was a kid (still do!) and I think there is some childlike wonder about being out on a farm, surrounded by adorable animals, picking pumpkins. Give it to me all year long! Thanks for taking us along on your fun day. 🙂

  2. That looks like a fun, successful outing! I can’t believe we haven’t yet made it to the pumpkin patch this year–maybe this weekend (fingers crossed).

  3. One of my friends with older kids (16 and older) now does a pumpkin carving contest where they put the photos on facebook, let the friends vote, and winner gets $100! (I think they all pool money) so there is definitely a way for this tradition to grow and continue!

  4. I have a 6 year old nephew and 7 year old niece and they loved the pumpkin patch we went too – seems similar to this, as in lots and lots of things to do – so I’m sure Ollie will love this tradition for years to come! I’m glad you had a great time. I love all these Fall outings. 🙂

    -Lauren

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