The legend of the jack-o-lantern leads me to tell you about my pumpkin picking experience with my four children.
We used to go to the farm in Yorktown Heights when my two older children were little. We had fun going apple picking, taking a hayride to the pumpkin field and then picking the best pumpkin based on how long its stem was. After we had number four and decided, we were out numbered we decided to check out the local Stew Leonards. Ste Leonards is a fancy supermarket that produce their products from their family owned farm. It went great every year until my four year decided he needed to put his two cents into the mix.
We pulled up to Stew Leonards and immediately he's asking for the hayrides and apple trees. The only reason he may know about farms is because he went on a class trip apple picking. You put them into Kindergarten, and now they know everything. Can anyone relate? So immediately I have a lot of explaining to do. I explain to him that at the farms there are a lot of bugs, rotten apples and the pumpkins are so small. We are going to have so much fun picking pumpkins at Stew Leonards. He was finally excited.
We walked in and looked through the pumpkins. Everyone picked nice size pumpkins and then I saw out of the corner of my eyes Jason going toward the biggest, most awkward pumpkin in all of Stew Leonards. I couldn't even say no to him because the farms have such little pumpkins. It took all my strength to get this monster of a pumpkin into the cart. A few times I wanted to smash it on the floor, but I kept a big smile on my face for my adorable, big mouth four-year-old. We paid for the thirty-five dollar pumpkin, and it took me another ten minutes to get it into the car. In the end, I should've just went to the farm or carved a turnip.
What are your pumpkin picking experiences?