Patch: Pick Your Own Gourds
Picture This: October Pumpkin Fest
Earlier this month I visited Edwards Apple Orchard in Popular
Grove, Illinois. Besides the vast apple orchards one can fill
a bushel or two with, the highlights in October includes a bountiful
pumpkin patch harvest where you have the opportunity to
pick your own pumpkins right off the vines.
The picture above is part of the pumpkin patch
across the street from the apple orchards. What you
see in the picture is about one-fourth of the actual patch
size, where a cluster of passionate people were picking
pumpkins. (Note: Peter Piper is standing right above the "m"
in my last name with the gray sweatshirt on. He told me that
he's given up on pickles and decided to pursue pumpkins instead.
I don't blame him.)
Tree Tangent: If you look closely, you can see a small piece
of branch poking out in the top right-hand corner of the first
picture. This second picture shows more of the hanging
tree limb, which I thought was spectacular against the beautiful
blue sky. Blame my artful eye for including it here. I couldn't
let this picture go to waste!
Freshly-picked pumpkins on a stand
So after being inspired by the warm autumn day, a horse-drawn
cart ride through the apple orchards, and the eating of the
orchard's famous apple donuts, I happened upon the area where
hundreds of already-picked pumpkins were on display for visitors
to purchase. My creativity molecules leaped at the view of
these pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes sitting on
wooden farm stands and carts. They were so picturesque that
I had to grab my camera out of the car and snap some photos.
My favorite: Pumpkins ala Carte
This cart of pumpkins was my absolute favorite part of the
whole pumpkin-browsing experience. I could not leave that place
without bringing this memory home with me, a scene I'll call
Pumpkins ala Carte.