Why You Need To Visit A Pumpkin Patch

Tis the season for hayrides and pumpkins!

The first time I went to our local farm was just about two years ago. I really wanted to go on a hayride because I had never been on one. Now that the boys are a bit older, we were super excited to take them back and let them pick out their pumpkins (Post on Carving coming soon!).

So we grabbed some friends and drove up to the farm!

Darnell Farms has everything! They have a little playground area for the kids, Music, Food, and a beautiful little market that has all sorts of veggies, jams, jellies, salsas, and anything else you can think of! Last time we went, we picked up some Amish style butter and oh, man is it worth it!

Here’s how our adventure went on the second go!

The Hayride

The hayride was a fun experience. My kids were a little anxious to get going and get their pumpkins so the driver grabbed them some of the itty bitty ones from the market to hold while we waited on the rest of the group. SO SWEET! Then it was time to go! We were pulled by a tractor and got to go all the way around the farm. The driver let some of the older kids drive us to and from the pumpkin patch. They seemed to have so much fun!

The Sunflower Field

sunflower patch

This beautiful field of sunflowers was one of our stops. We got to walk through, take pictures and bring a flower home with us. The field has a maze that runs through it and my 2-year-old was having a blast zig-zagging through the fields. It was a truly beautiful place to take some pictures.

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The Pumpkin Patch


The pumpkin patch was so much fun! The boys each picked out their very own pumpkin to bring back. It sure beats picking one out at the grocery store! The tractor driver let them sit in the tractor and play with the buttons (assured us it was safe and that they couldn’t start it!). They loved this adventure to the farm and I can’t wait to bring them back soon.


It’s so important to take your little ones to real farms so that they can learn about agriculture and where their food comes from. Not only is it an important educational lesson for them, but it’s a fun field trip that isn’t too costly and a great way to get the kids outside and playing in the mud. My only advice for going in the fall time is to get there early! You don’t want to wait too long when everything’s dead.

We’re so incredibly lucky to have such a beautiful local farm that is just awesome at engaging their community with events, games, and markets. Living in a small town has its perks!

Do you have a local farm? Have you gone on a visit lately?

Until our next adventure,

-Brandi Tessner



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I am a 25 year old from Western North Carolina interested in phobias and fears after dealing with Anxiety and Panic Disorder over the last few years. It had such a debilitating effect on my life. I realized how much of life I was missing out on due to fear. I hope that by instilling courage in myself, I can instill courage in others to face their own fears and live life to the fullest capacity!

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