It has been an Autumn to remember in Iowa. Trees with leaves the color of gold, crimson, bright orange and deep amethyst. Great temperatures. Skies a gorgeous blue with snow white clouds, bright sunshine and a cool brisk breeze…and lots of pumpkins!
Last Friday was the perfect day to travel to Center Grove Orchard for a day at the pumpkin patch with my daughter, three of my precious grandchildren and my good friend Doug.
Located in rolling hills covered with pumpkins and a beautiful farm setting, Center Grove Orchard was a pleasant surprise. We began our tour with the little duck race propelled by old fashioned hand pumps.
Visiting with the goats (especially the little kids) was, of course, my favorite. Then the rest of the farm animals: the ducks, turkeys, chickens, pigs, sheep and horses. Need I say, I love farms!
There were tractor go-carts for the kids, a huge inflated jumping deck…
and then, of course, the giant slide (it’s longer than it looks!!!) that the grandkids talked grandmom (me!) into doing down. You’re sitting on a large feedsack and sliding down…very, very quickly! If you’re wondering why I’m reclining while my grandchildren are sitting up, well…I wasn’t prepared that it was so lightning FAST and it knocked me down. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And what’s a trip to a pumpkin patch without a fun hay ride on a tractor-pulled wagon loaded with bales of hay and a memorable trek through a six-acre muddy corn maze?! My first time in a corn maze!
Since the pumpkins fields were so muddy, my daughter purchased 4 pumpkins and 2 bushels of apples which she has ALREADY turned into delicious apple butter and apple sauce! The Country Store also sold lots of other homemade goodies!