Growing up in Southern California, there was never an absence of fresh anything. You want to pick your own apples, done! Strawberries, of course! Avocados, you bet! Pecans, absolutely! Pumpkins, perfect!
Pumpkin picking was a favorite pastime of mine when I was a kid. We drove to a pumpkin farm and we could roam around for an hour looking for perfect pumpkins. Living in Richmond is a little different. There are farms, but you have to pay to get into them. Then you have to ride a tractor to get to the part where you can pick your pumpkin. Not always ideal.
However, after a little bit of inter-web searching, I found the PERFECT Richmond pumpkin patch! Gallmeyer Farms sorta near the airport was not only close by, they didn’t charge an entrance fee, and I could also WALK to the patch! While I didn’t purchase my pumpkins here, I very much enjoyed walking around. I will return for sure next year!!
They had a ton of jumbo pumpkins!
The field of pumpkins! They did have a tractor ride (for a fee), but you didn’t have to ride it to get to the field.
So many pretty pumpkins!
Proof I was there.
You had a take a wheelbarrow to cart your pumpkins away.
This is where I bought my pumpkins. Not the same experience, but they were super cheap!
This one had some interesting stuff growing on the stem.
On to the carving!
This picture was taken four days after I carved them. I put some Vaseline around the cut edges to help preserve them a little. The little black flecks you see is mold on the inside.
I wish pumpkins were year-round. I would carve one for every holiday!