Pumpkin Farms and Festivals, A Nationwide Tradition

It’s officially fall at my house. This weekend the Halloween decorations went up, the “what should I be for Halloween?” discussion turned serious, and the kids added three pumpkins to the porch. (Before the month’s over, that number will double.)

You could call hunting for the perfect pumpkin a tradition with my family. Honestly, it’s a good excuse to take a break from busy weekends filled with swim meets and laundry and just play.


Pumpkin Picking Time! SF Bay Area Edition

The calendar may dictate the official start of fall in the San Francisco Bay Area, but for me fall begins when pumpkins start appearing on doorsteps.

It’s cheap and easy to grab one with the groceries at the store, but the memories made when you traipse through the dusty fields are priceless. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough weekends to explore all the great pumpkin patches in Northern California.


Apple and Pumpkin Picking Outside of New York City

One of our favorite family activities is picking fruit! It is fun for any age and we all enjoy the rewards of our work. As strawberry and blueberry picking comes to an end, we look forward to the apple and pumpkin picking in fall. Silverman’s Farm in Easton, Connecticut is one of our old haunts. They have tractor rides, apple picking, and an animal farm. We let each of our children hold their own basket and fill it with as many apples as they can find. Silvermans also has a pumpkin patch, so it’s a perfect spot for pre-Halloween fun!