One of my favorite Fall traditions to do with my family is to head out into the Pungo farmland, and pick pumpkins.Nothing screams “Fall” more than the fresh cool air, vast green fields filled to the brim with pumpkins and gourds of assorted colors, shapes, and sizes. Not to mention the thrill of tugging a metal wagon to pile high with festive decor, and you get to use extra large clipper shears to slice through the vines. Round it out with mazes winding through sunflowers, cotton and corn, and you’ve got yourself quite a nice Autumn activity!
Our “go-to” farm to hunt for the perfect pumpkin is at Cullipher Farm Market‘s pumpkin patch. We scooped up their Groupon (it expires November 1st), and headed out on a Friday afternoon. The 23 mile car ride to Cullipher’s patch didn’t phase my boys, the excitement of the impending adventure kept them entertained, and they loved to point out the horses in pastures or guess what was planted in various fields as we drove closer to our destination. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, as white puffs of clouds dotted blue skies with a sunny yet crisp breeze. As it was a weekday afternoon, we shared the “pumpkin town” with only a handful of other families. As we trekked through the 8 acres of fields, my four year old son wanted every single pumpkin he came across. Hard to choose from so many well shaped “perfect” pumpkins! After a bit of negotiations from my part on how many we could take with us, we settled on three orange pumpkins (one with cool “spikes”), and a green cinderella pumpkin. Saving the mazes for last, we navigated our way through a field of friendly sunflowers, while listening to the happy honeybees buzz in the blooms. The kids enjoyed the cotton and corn maze, and the main topic of discussion the entire ride home was about how our clothes were made of cotton. As usual, Mr. Cullipher ended up making an appearance at the patch. Always fun to catch up with him and hear how his family is doing! On our way home, we also made sure to hit up the Farm Market for seasonal treats and locally grown produce, located just a few miles North of the pumpkin patch.
It was so much fun, it makes me want to go back and do it all again this week!
Cullipher’s Pumpkin Patch is open Wednesdays – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Their hayrides run on the weekends only.
Happy Fall ya’ll!
Looking for pumpkin patches located throughout Hampton Roads? I recommend checking out MyActiveChild.com’s 2015 BIG LIST of Pumpkin Patches.