While most of us will admit that autumn is a pretty fun month in almost any part of the world, I got to say that when it comes to fall foliage and family-oriented activities, it doesn’t hurt to be in New England. The pumpkin patches, the wagon rides, the warm cider, and the apple picking – they lead to the celebration of all things spooky and sticky. Yeah, I am talking Halloween, people. While we are on the subject, I would like to share a link from Mommy Poppins which lists a variety of non-edible Halloween treats. As a parent whose 2 year old is allergic to nuts and eggs (among other things), I love the idea.
Another prominent feature of autumn is the great pumpkin – some sitting idly on farms waiting to be picked while others have been carved to create grim faces and sly grins, and then there are those who are used to flavor breads and cupcakes and lattes and dare I say, beer? I wouldn’t mind the intrusion of pumpkin in an occasional cup of coffee, but I draw the line at beer. Of course, I see no harm in having a couple of those orange heads on our porch (no fancy carving mind you), and with that goal in mind, we made our way to Jones Family Farms in Shelton.
Most of the kids (including our own) seemed to enjoy the open fields, the muddy pigs, the corn maze, the rides, the caboose, the squash schoolhouse, and the endless array of pumpkins. While I quite understand a toddler’s desire to perch on top of one, I did not quite get why grown men and women had the urge to sit on the pumpkins and get photographed. Hope they didn’t squash them!
Pretty as it was, I do not have a set of pictures showcasing the exact hues of the Northern Red Oak or the Quaking Aspen, but I did get a few shots worth sharing. Photos that will give you a feel of the place, as it was last Sunday.