Well, we’re already into October, which means it’s time for Blogtober again! I enjoyed taking part last year so I’m excited to take part in Blogtober 2023. If you’re a blogger and you’d like to join in, you can join the Facebook group to find out the prompts. Today’s prompt for Blogtober Day 1 is: “Share your favourite autumn traditions”. Regular readers know I’m not good at choosing favourites and we have lots of family autumn traditions. So I’m going to share the autumn tradition that we took part in today- pumpkin picking. It was a rainy day and Rebecca was working so Mum and I took the younger girls to “The Pumpkin Barn” at Steynton Farm, Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire with Jo and Cerys. Read on to find out more:
Pumpkin Picking at The Pumpkin Barn, Steynton Farm, Pembrokeshire
Steynton Farm can be found in Steynton , Milford Haven (Sat nav: SA73 2RA). There is a free car park. There are usually spaces but if we see it’s busy when we pass, we either come back later or park further up the road and walk up to the farm.
Steynton Farm Shop
Park up and walk through the lovely farm shop to get to the pumpkins. All year round Steynton Farm runs a farm shop, coffee shed, milkshake shed and produce vending machines. Check the Steynton Farm Facebook page for their up-to-date opening days and hours. The quaint farm shop sells wonderful, farm-fresh vegetables, as well as local produce including chutneys and preserves from Sharon’s Kitchen, ice cream (using Steynton Farm milk) from Scoop, baked goods and flowers. Then, of course, there are the seasonal goodies, such as Steynton Farm Sunflowers in the late summer and now their perfect pumpkins! They had huge cauliflowers, cabbage and brocolli today- perfect to feed large families or to share with friends.
In the Pumpkin Shop, there are lots of pumpkins on display including the gigantic pumpkins that they’ve been growing! They welcomed us, gave us some information and directed us through to the Pumpkin Barn. I’d expected there to be a long walk to the Pumpkin fields. However, this Pumpkin Barn is more accessible for all. When the kids were younger we loved taking them to Brooksgrove Farm to see the pumpkins growing but now the kids are older, they’re happy to choose one from a barn- especially on a rainy day.
How Much are Pumpkins from The Pumpkin Barn, Steynton Farm?
Pumpkins at Steynton Farm vary in price (see the price list in the photo above). They start from £1.50 for the mini pumpkins (which I really love- they are so cute) to £4. The orange carving pumkins cost from £4 to £20 for the huge ones. They have sample pumpkins to size yours against but go check in the shop if you’re not sure and they’re happy to help. You could bring a tape measure with you, or pieces of string cut to the sizing length to find the right-priced pumpkin for you. This is a good maths activity for younger children! They also have pumpkin decorating sticker packs for sale to use until you carve your pumpkins (your pumpkins will last longer if you carve them closer to Halloween).
What Pumpkins do They Sell at Steynton Farm?
The Pumpkin Barn is filled with so many pumpkins and there are lots still growing in the fields. They sell yellow “munchkins”, small white pumpkins, small dark green/black squash and orange carving pumpkins in a variety of different sizes.
The Pumpkin Barn Photo Opportunities
As with all good pumpkin patches, there are free photo opportunities along the way, including this giant hay bale sofa adorned with pumpkins. Izzy found it very comfortable! Mum said it reminded her of Heidi’s lovely haybale bed in the classic book.
Beware of ghosties!
There are also cute scarecrows to look out for.
We had family photos on the pumpkin haybale.
The girls chose their pumpkins. Caitlyn loves orange pumpkins, the bigger the better and Izzy loves choosing different colours and prefers small, cute ones! We will be coming back with Rebecca so will build up a collection by Halloween.
Some of the pumpkins we bought, between us! Aren’t they lovely?
Which pumpkin would you choose?
Find out more:
Watch our “The Pumpkin Barn at Steynton Farm” reel here.