Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Fall has arrived at the Farm Institute

Gone are the days of so many different options of what to do with your kids on Saturdays, but in their place are some of the Island's most wonderful events for families.

One such event takes place today, Saturday the 24th at the . Back for another year is day. Starting at 10 am, kids can travel through a maze of pumpkins until they find the perfect one. "It's actually a real pumpkin patch," said farm manager Julie Olson. "There are pumpkins scattered all over the place with vines."  And there are all different varieties and sizes. "You can really weave your way through them if you wanted to," said Olson.

On hand to entertain further will be the amazing sounds of Craig Colorusso's sound boxes. This funky sound installation is comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. The combination creates a sound that has been called both soothing and energizing.

"In off season, we really try for events for the whole family," said Olson. This means that along with the pumpkin cupcakes made from Farm Institute pumpkins and eggs, "Our farm stand is open and fully stocked with veggies and meat - we just got all our steaks back so it’s a pretty full farm stand."

Today is also the kick off of the Farm Institute's local heritage turkey sales. "You can place orders for your Thanksgiving turkeys and if you want, you can even see the turkeys in the field," said Olson. They also recently started a self-guided informational tour. "We put up little fliers explaining the animals and buildings, now you can take a self-guided tour rather than just wandering around," said Olson.

Hayrides are also on tap, "if we get enough folks here," she said, so grab your kids and see you there!

Pumpkins are $.90/lb for pumpkins 7 lbs. and under, and $.60/lb. over 7 lbs.


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