Friday, October 9, 2009

Mark's Melon Patch

Yesterday we joined the homeschoolers from our church for a field trip to a local pumpkin patch. We learned that there are over 300 varieties of pumpkins, with 35 varieties grown right there at Mark's Melon Patch. Here is a glimpse of some of them.

One of the highlights of the day was the hayride which meanders through the cotton field, the cornfield and the pumpkin patch.

Periodically, the owner would stop the tractor and get out and share some fascinating facts about pumpkins, or entertain the children by eating "pumpkin guts" and spitting out the seeds!

Here he shows off a type of pumpkin that has "warts" all over it! I guess it is popular with those who celebrate Halloween and like grotesque decorations, but I didn't see why anyone would want to pay big bucks for a warty pumpkin!

After the hayride, the children played among the pumpkins and fall displays while the moms snapped pictures. They also enjoyed jumping in the Pumpkin Moonwalk and playing on the playground, before we enjoyed a picnic lunch together. It would have been the perfect day, if only the weather had been in the 70s or 80s instead of the 90s!! You do hope for a tantalizing taste of fall when you tour the Pumpkin Patch!


Janet said...

What a beautiful farm. Looks like a really fun outing.

Parsley said...

We visited a pumpkin patch recently too.

Loved stopping by your blog. Isn't homeschooling great?!

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