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Pumpkin flavors this fall at the grocery store

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.

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Pumpkin has become a food trend!

Check out this blog post by DeAnn Baxter about all the new pumpkin-flavored grocery items coming your way this fall, including pumpkin pie PopTarts, Little Debbie Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin flavored coffee creamer, and more.

I love pumpkin everything, even pumpkin flavored coffee 🙂  Can’t wait to try the new PopTarts!!

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3 Fun Places to Buy Pumpkins

Mary with pumpkins at Merrifield Garden Center

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

Witches for sale at 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.

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Cox Farms Opens Today!!

Photo by Christine Krisza

If you have active children (or you are a kid yourself), you must not miss a fall day at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia.  I am sad that my son now says he is too old for it; I still love it.

Cox Farms offer the most fun hayrides EVER, including aliens and fun “getting stuck” in the mud.  And you can ride as often as you want!

There are also hay bales to climb on, frisky goats to feed, and musical performers (often bluegrass and kid folk rock, e.g. Raffi songs).  Don’t forget sunscreen.  Watch a cow getting milked!

Hot dogs and hamburgers are for sale, as well as pies, kettle corn, preserves, apple cider, mums, and pumpkins.  Admission includes a free, small pumpkin.

Cox Farms can get super-crowded on the weekends, but the place is huge, so there is always something to do. Just expect to wait in line for a hayride. During the week, they are often mobbed in the morning by school groups, and that is also when some of the best programming is offered.  But if you want the place to yourselves, you can always visit late in the day during the week.

Aliens and hayrides: never gets old!

September 25 – November 7

Cox Farms Fall Festival

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: $9 during the week; $15 weekends and Columbus Day

15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia (703) 830-4121

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