October 6, 2003

Pumpkin Patch Update

We took the children out to a Pumpkin Patch - Harvest Festival this past Saturday. What a racket that turned out to be. They hit us up for $5.00 to get in and park. We walked around and looked at some things. The kids got some balloons. When we walked out to get on the tractor that takes people out to the pumpkin patch we noticed the sign that read, "$2.00 per person." Two dollars a person just to ride out to the pumpkin patch? Then they expect you to pay for the pumpkins. Geeze, what a marketing genius. Imagine going to the grocery store and having to pay to park, having to pay to use a cart to gather your groceries, and then paying to take them home. Needless to say we left that Festival.

We decided to head back to the pumpkin patch that we went to a couple years ago up in Brownsburg. It wasn't as crowded this year as the last time we were there. We did notice that they had built a new building though. They must be doing all right based on the size of this place. They told us that it cost seven dollars to partake in their fun. Erin told them that we just want to buy some pumpkins. They let us ride over to their patch to get some pumpkins without paying the entrance fee. We didn't want to feed their goats, we didn't want to wonder around in their corn maze. All we wanted to do was pick some pumpkins and go home.

When we got out in the pumpkin patch I noticed that things looked a little different than the last time we were there. This year the pumpkin patch wasn't really a pumpkin patch. It was a harvested corn field. Some one had gone out in this empty corn field and spread pumpkins out about two feet apart. No they weren't on the vine. They had already been picked. I asked one of the guys sitting up in a huge John Deer tractor if they even grow pumpkins anymore out there. He told me that their field doesn't do well at growing pumpkins so they just put those out there. You can't even go to a pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin anymore. Our children didn't mind though. I think they were over whelmed with being in the middle of all the action. They didn't seem to care. We all got a pumpkin and headed back to pay for our loot. In a couple weeks we'll carve them up and start putting candles in them.

As for photographs. I took a couple rolls of photos. Hopefully I'll get some scanned and posted this week.

Posted by Joe at October 6, 2003 3:51 PM
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