One of my favorite parts about living in New England are the four seasons. My favorite season of them all is Fall. The air gets crisp, leaves turn bright shades of orange and red, and I can enjoy my favorite flavor with every meal: pumpkin.
Growing up in Florida meant that the extent of my pumpkin picking was visiting the local church’s parking lot where they scattered pumpkins along the ground. We would “pick” the pumpkins from the top of their straw beds (on the pavement), complete with 80-something degree temperatures (if we were lucky and it wasn’t 90).
One of my first times really picking pumpkins in Rhode Island (Cranston) was absolutely comical. It was mid-October 2010 and for the record, is too late to pick any good pumpkins around here. Affectionally called the “Great Pumpkin Massacre“ in our home, we enjoyed a nice hayride with baby Jackson and our best friends to roll up on a field of epic pumpkin casualties. No pumpkins were there to pick since they were either rotting or severely deformed, but our babies were happy to play with the rocks found in the dirt.
In 2011, we ventured to the pumpkin farm closer to our home, Jaswell’s Farm in Smithfield, in late September and had MUCH better luck. There were plenty of round, healthy, happy pumpkins to choose from and Jackson had a blast picking the perfect ones. I saw on their Facebook page this morning that they were open for apple AND pumpkin picking and I am determined not to have another Pumpkin Massacre on our hands. We had the perfect Fall weather this weekend, so we packed up the swagger wagon and headed to Jaswell’s.
It was SO MUCH FUN! We picked a great, big pumpkin for our front porch and some mums for the yard. I stopped by Blackbird Farm’s farm stand earlier this morning to get some fresh corn for dinner and some gourds and cornstalks for decoration, so we are well-supplied for Fall decor. P.S. Have you read Colin Nissan’s blog post going around: “It’s decorative gourd season, mother%$&#*$” yet? It’s not something you could read out loud in front of little ones, but it is definitely good for a laugh (as long as f-bombs don’t offend you)!
If you live in Northern Rhode Island, definitely visit Jaswell’s to pick your pumpkins this Fall. They’re a friendly, family-owned farm with a great bakery attached. If you don’t feel like picking your own pumpkins and want to get some fresh meat and/or veggies, check out Blackbird Farm’s farm stand; they also sell pumpkins, corn stalks and other “decorative gourd season” supplies. They are also owned by another very nice, helpful family and their burgers are to die for!
Here’s the final result of our local farm “Fall decor” haul: