Dear Mummy, I know how much you love Autumn and Halloween so this month is all about getting outside and enjoying the crisp fresh air and taking in the sights of October. We made our annual trip to our local pumpkin patch before the mad rush of half term to pick our perfect pumpkin ready to carve later in the month.
We visited Pickwell Farm on the outskirts of Southampton. It was our second time visiting in Autumn and last year we had so much fun we decided to come back and relive the memories. This time with my daddy in tow! We grabbed our trusty wheelbarrow (trust me you need one for hauling pumpkins back to the car) and I had fun jumping in and being wheeled around the fields.
Excitement was building as we headed down the long dirt track into the farm, distant buildings and tower blocks of Southampton on the horizon and you would be forgiven for thinking we were in the States on a vast farm, not near a busy city in England.
There were three fields filled with gorgeous orange pumpkins, we were impressed with the different shapes and sizes and they looked much better than the supermarket varieties. Some smaller ones had already turned and been eaten by animals and we were fascinated by the ones that had deflated and turned gooey. My mummy found a perfect pumpkin which was oblong and tall, ready for a carving masterpiece! It was a bit heavy though and she had to lift it with two hands. It was so fresh that the green vine was still hanging from it.
I picked a perfect round pumpkin and what we love about Pickwell is the prices and the quality of their fruit and veg. Each pumpkin is priced the same (£2) and not on weight, being more than 50% cheaper than supermarket pumpkins and double the size! The colour of the pumpkins are pretty good as well and a lot of them are unblemished. We did see some strange-looking pumpkins though on the way to the pumpkin patch with witches warts on them, they looked disgusting and perfect for a Halloween centrepiece.
Right next to the pumpkins was the tall fields of corn, towering high above my mummy’s head it was easy to get lost between the shafts of green. We all had fun exploring together and my mummy was happy that I was wearing my bright orange coat so I didn’t leave her sight easily, as I had a habit of running off. We hunted for the golden corn and it was a great experience to pick our own cob on the cob fresh from the fields. Priced at 40p for a large corn on the cob it was great value. See our little video below to watch how we did it. My mummy usually strips the corn on the cob and boils it for 10 minutes with lemon and sugar then serves with melted butter and it tastes divine!
It wasn’t just about the pumpkins at Pickwell, even though the majority of the visitors were drawn to the bright orange globes that lay in the field other fruits and veg were on offer, from runner beans to blackberries, strawberries and sweetcorn. We were impressed with the amount of fresh produce that was in their farm shop too!
You would be forgiven to think that the Strawberry picking season is over and only reserved for the summer months, however on our recent trip to Pickwell Farm there was an abundance of ripe fresh strawberries. My mummy and I had fun bending over and picking these juicy red fruits and I couldn’t resist a little nibble much to the annoyance from my folks!
We collected lots of strawberries and sat down to inspect them, some had already been eaten by bugs so we had to leave them for the wildlife. Others were decaying on closer inspection, however we managed to fill up a basket which is good going in October! It was a really relaxing day and nice to be out with my folk and Grandparents for a Sunday walk. We’d definitely recommend a trip to Pickwell Farm this October. Watch our little video to see the pumpkin picking in action!
Have you been pumpkin picking yet? It’s a great seasonal activity and we can’t wait to carve them.
Love Bella x
Pickwell Farm, Grange Rd, Southampton. 023 8040 4616