This weekend Matt and I started a new tradition. And no surprise, it was with the help of our friends Tom and Kim and their daughter! Neither Matt nor I had ever picked out pumpkins from an actual patch before. Yes, I’ve picked them up at Jewel, Trader Joe’s and even from a preselected area at a farm. But never in an actual patch. Or at least not that me and my parents remember.
We headed out with the Ludwigs early last Sunday morning to Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Illinois, near DeKalb. In fact, it’s the same farm that fellow Uncharted author, Kelly wrote about two weeks ago. There are so many fun activities including live music, a petting zoo and pony rides. It’s the perfect place for a family.
The farm is beautiful, clean and easy to navigate. The customer service was wonderful and there is so much to do there! Our first stop was the general store for apple slushes (the best apple slushie in the world!), coffee and cider donuts. With our bellies full and warm we headed out on a hayride to the pumpkin patch. The cool morning quickly warmed up as we searched for our pumpkins under a bright sunny blue sky.
Matt and I found two great ones and we were able to “steal” one that Kim had originally picked out but no longer wanted. Thanks Kim! I also picked up 3 fun gourds to use as decorations around the house. Unfortunately, the orchard was closed and we couldn’t go apple picking. So Tom and I headed back into the general store and picked up a few pre-picked bags and half gallon of fresh cider. To my surprise, everything was reasonably priced. I totally understand now why Tom wanted to go to this particular farm. And I can’t wait to go again next year!