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Pumpkin Picking at PYO Pumpkins

October 29, 2016

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Pumpkin Picking

After sharing my autumn winter bucket list the other day, I figured I was running out of time to go pumpkin picking before Halloween on Monday, so I googled our closest PYO pumpkin patch and found that it was a 2 hour drive away down near London. Luckily, Shane and I don’t mind going on crazy long drives for a day out (our limit is about 3 hours, each way) so off we set just before lunch today.

It was so fun to walk all through the fields of pumpkins (which were huge by the way), and find the best pumpkins. There were 3 huge areas full of pumpkins to explore. As soon as we turned round the corner into the car park, I could just see a huge field of orange!

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You just park up, grab a wheelbarrow and off you go through the fields filling it up, then pay at the tables on the way out (I was expecting it to be quite expensive, but our wheelbarrow selection only cost £15). There was a little area at the beginning too where you can pick out pumpkins from the crates if you don’t want to walk around the fields.

Though it actually closes tomorrow for the season, they still had a huge selection of so many different size pumpkins available and quite a few different varieties available too. Sadly, quite a lot of the unique varieties had already gone (I really wanted a pink one), but we still managed to pick a few up, like the little munchkin pumpkins, the spaghetti squash and some other smaller varieties.

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I’ve got so many plans for all the pumpkins! We’re going to carve out the big ones, some of them are for decoration and the others will be for stews, soups and anything else I can think of! I can’t wait till next year to go back again, though we’ll definitely go a little earlier in the season to get some of the other varieties.

Have you gone pumpkin picking before?

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    Yelle
    October 30, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Look at all of those mint colored pumpkins! Those are my favorite 🙂

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      April
      October 31, 2016 at 6:49 am

      They were my favourite too! I can’t wait to cook mine, because apparently, they’re one of the best tasting varieties!
      xo April

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    Laura
    October 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I love that you managed to tick this off your Autumn list – yay! I’d definitely love to go next year, it looks like so much fun, and super cosy too 🙂 x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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      April
      October 31, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Please do, because it was so much fun! Shane was a little skeptical when I first told him we were going to pick pumpkins from a field. He just looked at me blankly and said ‘can we not just go to Tesco?’ hahaha! He enjoyed it in the end though!
      xo April

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    Darina
    October 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Wonderful photos! I love pumpkins but I’ve never been pumpkin picking

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      April
      October 31, 2016 at 6:54 am

      This was our first time and it was so much fun! I can’t wait to go again next year!
      xo April

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    Lucy
    October 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Aw I love this! “Warning – pumpkins can be quite heavy” haha, yep that would be me, stuck underneath a giant pumpkin and unable to move! The idea of PYO is so great, it really helps you understand where your food comes from as well as sharing the work in bringing it from field to table. You managed to get a lot for £15! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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      April
      October 31, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Hahah, I did have to get Shane to help a couple times! Yeah, I love PYO places – it’s so much nicer to get so see how and where it’s all grown! It did make me sad though, as there were quite a lot of pumpkins that were smashed up, or the amount of kids that I saw that would pick a pumpkin up, not like it and just throw it on the floor. Such a waste!
      xo April

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    Amanda
    October 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I love going pumpkin picking! It’s one of my favourite fall traditions! x

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      April
      November 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      This was the first time we’ve been and it was so much fun! We’re definitely going back again next year!
      xo April

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