I captioned this photograph: I carried a…pumpkin on Instagram yesterday, but fear my Dirty Dancing homage fell on deaf ears. Still we had a bushel of fun at Eastmont Orchards: It is amazing the behaviour that a field of squash and the presence of a DSLR can induce in totally sensible and responsible grown ups.
It’s the start of Halloween season in America, and especially here in sort-of-rural New Jersey, where it seems that every few miles there is a farm offering a kind of combi harvest festival/Halloween/bucolic experience, featuring pumpkin patch picking, hay cart rides, corn maze wandering and, if you are lucky, orchards with gen-u-wine apple picking. And gen-u-wine unposed photos in wheelbarrows.
Apple picking is actually a lot more genuine than the pumpkin picking, which is more picking up than picking off a vine, with hundreds of already cut pumpkins spread out in a field.
We were nominally there not to frot, sorry frolic, with pumpkins, but to pick apples.
We got a little distracted by the idea of picking Brussels sprouts but the brassica smell drove us away seconds after we took this photo.
For those who aren’t interested in ‘picking’ a pumpkin, there are carts of squash and gourds for eating and for decorating at the checkout huts.
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