Oct 19
2008

Mommy, where do pumpkins come from?

in Family

In this day and age we risk teaching our kids that milk magically appears in cartons, chickens come headless and plucked, and pumpkins come from a display in the supermarket. We are altogether too separated from the reality of how things get into our kitchens. I, for one, am all for a little education.
Pumpkin Palooza provided the perfect excuse to take Squirrel for some hands on experience with the origin of the pumpkin. I just don’t want her growing up thinking those beautiful lumpy orange globes come from a big box in the supermarket. I want her to know that reality is a bit dirtier and way more fun.
We drove out to The Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm in Redlands (California).
The Pumpkin Patch offers a huge pumpkin patch (over 20-acres in size) where you can select and pick your own pumpkins.
They also have a pumpkin tent where they offer pre-picked pumpkins, including a wide selection of heirloom varieties, Indian corn, gourds, winter squash, and corn stalks.
There is also a gift shop where Fall and Halloween decorations can be purchased. There are many activities for families such as a petting enclosure filled with baby goats and sheep, a hay castle to climb on, rides for older kids such as a 35-foot tall saber tooth slide, and tractor drawn hay rides.
There is no entrance fee and the ambiance is fantastic.
Now Squirrel knows where pumpkins come from . . . at least until she forgets and we do it all over again next year.

Pumpkin Palooza will be coming to a close in just a few hours, so check back for the last yummy pumpkin recipe!

The Pumpkin Patch Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm

32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd
Redlands, CA 92373

(909) 795-8733

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Abigail October 19, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Ahhh, it’s places like that that make me really miss the US! And Squirrel looks absolutely adorable amongst the other punkins!

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Abigail October 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm

BTW, I love your new blog header! Gorgeous!

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Melanie Gray Augustin October 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Looks like a great day out! Wow Squirrel is really growing up!

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Tartelette October 27, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Wow! She has grown so much!! Adorable!

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