There’s probably nothing that says fall fun quite like picking out that perfect pumpkin (or gourds) with your children. You arrive in the pumpkin patch early morning, load up your gear and start on the main dirt road staging area, load your hay cart, and set off across the acres upon acres of colorful orange pumpkins just waiting for you to take them home. And then you stop! What happened? Where did all the pumpkin magic happen?
There’s no reason to panic – Pumpkin Patch is a safe and fun place to pick pumpkins. They are also an excellent place to let the kids out of the house, and it’s easier if you’ve already picked out some theme or design for the farm itself so they can help to decorate the pumpkin patch. Here are some tips to make your pumpkin patch a fantastic display.
Think safety first – pumpkin patches are great places to let young children run wild but there are some safety considerations that you should think about before letting them go on their hayride. First of all, never let children ride in the back of a pickup truck or any vehicle with an open driver’s door. Children should always be in the front seat. It’s very dangerous and even if it wasn’t open driver door that could cause someone to hit a child inside the cab – even if it’s only one person, that’s one too many.
If you have to share the equipment between two vehicles, do it in the proper space. There are rows of equipment on most farms, so choose the ones that will fit best in the pumpkin patch and don’t put the others on the sides. When choosing equipment for your farm, choose safety equipment such as face masks, goggles and gloves. It may take some time to find everything that you need, but you’ll want everything to be as close together as possible.
Have hay and corn prepared – the rest of your day is going to revolve around setting up your pumpkin patch. Make sure that you have plenty of hay and corn behind the stand as well as some rope and possibly an apple cider filled wagon to pull the train through. Once you have all of these things ready, you can set up the rest of your farm and possibly sell the products. If you want to do this in order to earn money, then you will need to set up a cash register to take the profits. A simple notepad and pen will suffice for this.
Let everyone know the rules – no trespassing! You’ll probably get lots of complaints if you let too many people through the gate at once. Some of them may even decide to try and tear down part of your pumpkin patch. That’s why you’ll need to tell everyone about the rules and what they can and cannot do. You should also offer some apple cider or kool-aid at the end of your travels, so people will stay on your pumpkin patch.
Set up the lights – pumpkin patches are great because they give you a chance to have night parties or other events without worrying about disturbing your neighbors. Set up some outdoor lighting to make things easier. Get a friend or neighbor to go through the back yard with a flashlight looking for obstacles that you may have overlooked. If there’s an accident, don’t panic. You can call the police right then and there. Just be glad that the pumpkin patch has security measures in place.
Finally, remember to take your time. Your pumpkin patch is only one part of your farm. Make sure that you enjoy the entire farm visit. Remember to get your bugs in check, have fun running around, and take a few minutes to enjoy your neighbors’ pumpkin farms. Soon, you’ll be making more pumpkin farming friends and spreading the wonderful harvest.