When most people think of October, they picture cool days, fall leaves, hayrides and apple cider, scarves and boots, and, of course, pumpkins! In the South, however, it stays 90 degrees and humid throughout most of the month. But that doesn’t stop us from sweating in our scarves as we roam the pumpkin patch, looking for the perfect gourd.
That’s exactly what we did this weekend! It was hot and humid, and we spent a good amount of time fighting the mosquitoes, but I was determined for Sebastian to paint a pumpkin at one of our local produce stands, Perkins Orchard. [Side note: we bought our Christmas tree here last year and it stayed green and fresh for so much longer than our friends’ trees that ended up getting dry and brittle really early] Despite the heat, we had a good time and got some cute pictures. And I purchased a bag full of produce (apples, avocados, strawberries, peppers, beets, and plums) and a small mum for $20! That’s a sweet deal.
There were a lot of great pumpkins and gourds to choose from, ranging from the typical bright orange to white to orange/green multicolor. I would have bought one of each if Nick would let me. There were also pretty mums and a bountiful amount of local produce/goods including fruits, veggies, and other locally made products like jams, jellies, and cider.
We encouraged Sebastian to choose a small pumpkin to paint. He chose well.
My little Kahlo!
This is only the first of our October activities. It’s one of my favorite months of the year and I love pumpkins and cider and hayrides, and all the other things that everyone looks forward to in the fall. I’m hoping the weather cools down a bit for the other activities but I’m not keeping my fingers crossed.