What is Fall without a warm drink in your hand? This time of year the hot chocolate has two purposes. The cup warms the hands; the drink warms the body. Not the watery, instant stuff made from powder. We are talking about the warm, thick drink made from milk, cream, and melted chocolate.
I learned tonight as the cold wind blew that fall sunsets over our pumpkin patch go better with a fresh homemade hot chocolate. Personally, I think they go better with two. It keeps you warm while the kids pick their own pumpkin from the field, interact with the baby chicks, or enjoy one of the day’s activities. It’s thick, rich, and creamy and warms from the inside out. This weekend’s weather should provide many excuses to enjoy one, or at least that will be my excuse.
Thank you to all who visited our pumpkin patch on opening weekend! As beautiful as the weather was, we are excited about the arrival of the much anticipated fall weather. It gives us the excuse we’ve been looking for to bring out some hot coco and hot apple cider. The pumpkins are also relieved to get a break from the intense California sunshine.
One of the past weekend highlights was the impromptu art lessons offered by a visiting neighbor. In minutes she turned pumpkins into canvases celebrating the season, something adults and children attempted to imitate for hours.
If you plan on visiting our pumpkin patch, we recommend an early visit this season. As we approach Halloween, the days shorten and the lines lengthen. Some of our rare varieties are exiting the field quickly. We also suggest dressing in layers. As the sun sets in the late afternoons the temperature quickly follows. While enjoying the bounce slide, the children may not notice it, but I guarantee those sitting nearby will.