Every year I get so jealous of everyones ‘pumpkin picking’ snaps that go up on social media. I’ve really wanted to do this with Evie for a couple of years now. But, for some reason, Cornwall just doesn’t seem to partake in things like this. This year, we planned to travel out of Cornwall to try and find a pumpkin patch. I was so chuffed when we heard a farm quite local to us, decided to do a small one.
We popped over to Trevaskis with one of my best friends and her son Oliver. We arrived at the pumpkin patch on a very muddy, stormy day and seemed to be the only crazy ones who were wellied up and ready to explore the farm.
I think hands on activities like this are so lovely for little ones. We try to grow or hand pick our own food (usually here at Trevaskis) as much as possible. It gives us the chance to show Evie where food comes from and she loves getting involved.
To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed by the pumpkin patch here. Trevaskis did kit it out to make it look really sweet, especially with the fun added touch of the scarecrows. But, I still think Cornwall is still missing a trick or two with seasonal activities like this.
I see people up and down the country choosing the pumpkin fields they go to, based on the other activities that are also available. From apple picking, to scavenger hunts, corn mazes, to fairs. There is so much potential to turn something so small like this, into something engaging for the whole community.
The Biggest Pumpkin
Pumpkin picking entertained our pre-schoolers for about half an hour. We challenged them to find the biggest pumpkin and this is the one they found!
At the end of our pumpkin picking session, Evie and Oliver popped to see the farm animals next to the patch. Then, we went on our way with our pumpkins. We were so disappointed that there wasn’t a lot more going on though.
You’d also expect somewhere like Cornwall to have a lot more community activities like ‘Autumn Fairs’ and ‘Harvest Festivals’. I hope Trevaskis do this again next year.
But, I also hope that other people pick up on this and that something bigger and better is available for the community in the future. I know so many families and individuals that love the idea of going pumpkin picking. It would be great to turn an activity like this into a day out or a ‘fair’. It would be a good chance for local stalls and produce makers to get involved. There could be a ‘who can grow the biggest’ competition and loads of simple but interactive activities for children to take part in. The options are endless.
We’re going to suggest this to our local farm, but it would be great to hear if any other Cornish residents would love something like this too!
Pumpkin Carving & Pumpkin Soup
We took a couple of pumpkins home and Evie helped to carve them, ready for Halloween. Then her Nonno roasted the seeds off so we could have a delicious, healthy snack and he showed us how to turn the pulp into a warming pumpkin soup.
Evie loved tasting the food that she’d picked. She couldn’t wait to tell the rest of the family about her pumpkin picking experience. I love that something so simple like picking a pumpkin can be turned into something so interactive. We managed to have day out, a craft afternoon carving the face and a cooking lesson.
Have you been pumpkin picking this year? Have you got a pumpkin patch near you? We’d love to hear where the best pumpkin patches in the country are!