Every October without fail, Elliott and I venture to Hewitt’s Farm and pick up a couple of Halloween pumpkins.
It’s become a bit of a tradition over the last few years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I always make sure to wear a cosy sweater along with my favourite pair of muddy boots – a combination that never fails to get me in the mood for the colder weather!
We’ve had around a week of rain here in my little corner of England, but we arrived at Hewitt’s Farm to beautiful blue skies.
Despite the chilly temperatures we made our way out into the fields, dotted with orange pumpkins as far as the eye could see.
We got lucky this year, and had the entire pumpkin patch to ourselves. It was so much fun to wander through the field, stopping to admire the biggest specimens and laughing at the gross ones.
As you can see, I managed to find my perfect pumpkin!
But it wasn’t just pumpkins we were after. October is the season of squash, so we inevitably left with a huge haul of Japanese kabocha!
If you aren’t familiar with kabocha, I’ve dedicated an entire blog post to the topic – check out How To Cook With Kabocha Squash for more information than you ever needed to know about this delicious autumn vegetable.
On our hunt for kabocha we ventured far out into the fields, and came across the sweetest little butternut squash nestled within the vines.
They were a little too tiny for picking so we left them to grow, but I loved seeing them in their natural habitat.
Hewitt’s Farm have such a wide selection of produce, and I love checking out the more unusual options such as this pile of pale grey squash. I wonder how they taste?
This tradition may seem a little silly to some people, but it brings me so much happiness and I look forward to it every year.
Do you have any autumn traditions? I’d love to know how you celebrate the start of the colder months!