Last week, we went a pumpkin-picking. It was the first time we have visited a pumpkin farm but I’m sure this will now be a new October tradition.
My friend Kayleigh brought Brooksgrove Farm to my attention and as soon as I saw her photos I knew we had to visit. It can be fun to grow your own pumpkins (remember to sow the seeds in Spring), but if like me you always forget until Halloween then visit your nearest Pumpkin Farm instead!
Brooksgrove is a family run farm just outside Haverfordwest. We found it easily following the pumpkin signs and were greeted on arrival and shown where to park.
Dave wonders how much money four pumpkins will cost him!
We had fun walking amongst the different sized pumpkins and I’m glad the kids got to see how they grew, how they were cut and the good, the bad and the ugly of the pumpkin world.
This bad ‘un would be perfect for Halloween, wouldn’t it?
Izzy kept changing her mind constantly.
The kids all wanted the biggest ones they could find. I challenged them to all find a pumpkin that they could manage to carry by themselves. I knew a mixture of different sizes would look more interesting and also realised it would be very difficult to carry four extra large pumpkins back to the car!
Once we’d (finally!) decided on our pumpkins we took them up to the gazebo to be measured and priced up. Having one of each size, I expected it to come to £10 but we were charged a very reasonable £7 for the four pumpkins.
- Wear wellies and expect to get muddy
- Leave space in the boot for the pumpkins (our boot was still full of buggies and scooters!)
- Bring string to measure and compare sizes of the pumpkins (some maths for the day!)
- Pick fully orange pumpkins with no bruising, bugs or splits
- Put a hand under the pumpkin to carry it- the stem may break (we had to keep reminding Izzy of this)
- Put down some tarpaulin to store the muddy pumpkins on if you want to keep your car tidy
- Once home wash and dry each pumpkin
- Store in a cool, dry place and it will keep for Halloween
Have fun picking pumpkins!