Archive for September 30th, 2010
Wow, are there ever a lot of pumpkins out. Must be fall! 🙂 Here are three local places that are selling pumpkins (going rate for the big ones seems to be about 59 cents per pound), as well as plants, apple butter, and Halloween decorations.
If you’re picking a pumpkin to make a jack o’ lantern (the big ones aren’t any good for pies), then look for one that sits well, and doesn’t have any soft spots. Medium-sized ones may be easier for kids to carve.
Pigboy Willy’s Pumpkin Patch
I had to stop here because of the name. I asked the lady at the stand about the origin of the name, and all she could say was that it was an old family story. The pumpkins are arrayed on the parking lot in the corner of Pan Am Shopping Center on the corner of Lee Highway and Nutley Street in Fairfax, Virginia. I like the witches. They were plenty big and would decorate an entire door, or add a bit of color to a Halloween party, and they were only $13 each.
Cox Farms Vienna Market
If you don’t feel like driving out to Centreville, you can get some of the pumpkin patch experience (for free) at the Cox Farms stand in Vienna, Virginia (2599 Chain Bridge Road). They also sell fresh, local apples, honey sticks, cider, pies, and preserves. There are also hay bales and wooden playground equipment to climb, as well as wooden cutouts for photo opportunities.
Merrifield Garden Center
On the corner of Lee Highway and Gallows Road, in Merrifield, Virginia, you can find — not just pumpkins — but pumpkins in all kinds of shapes, colors, and sizes. So if your taste in pumpkins runs to the hip and eclectic, you should make this your pumpkin patch stop.