Pumpkin Picking at Cascadian Farm
Halloween is our favorite season of the year. It is the season of candles and hot chocolate, pumpkin carving and costume making. It’s that one time of the year where people are encouraged to dress in disguise, eat candy and tell ghost stories. And with this brilliant fall weather, it is the perfect time to explore, to get out into nature, see the turning of the leaves, walk through thick mud and go pumpkin picking. Sure you can walk down to your local supermarket, but for those of you looking for a real fall adventure, Cascadian Farm in Rockport, Washington is the place.
We dropped by Peace Vans and rented a Westfalia camper from our friend Harley. With friends in tow, we headed north on I-5 and slipped east onto highway 530 towards Darrington. Winding alongside the Stillaguamish River and then the Sauk River, we drove alongside the Cascade Mountains with dustings of snow on their peaks and autumn leaves exploding with reds, yellows and oranges. The drive is full of quirky distractions and roadside attractions and it’s nice not to be rushed. We took our time.
Cascadian Organic Farm is far enough away to keep the holiday crowds at bay, and set against a mountain backdrop, there isn’t a more scenic farm around. Take a tour of the farm, grab some organic treats from the cafe (coffee, homemade ice cream and smoothies), and search for the perfectly imperfect pumpkin. Some people want the flawless, symmetrical ones – we think the best pumpkins for carving are the odd ones – the more bumps and lopsided the better! At the end of the day we bought some of their delicious granola and fresh produce to bring home. They offer some great recipes on their website.
Back on the road and back in the city, we settled down with our pumpkins, turned up the heat and spread out newspapers. Pumpkin carving is one of our favorite things and you don’t have to be a sculptor to make a scary face. Sometimes the scariest pumpkins are the ones with crooked smiles and missing teeth. The ones that don’t look quite right.
We scooped out the seeds and roasted them with olive oil and sea salt. We drew ideas with sharpies and cut with steak knives. We played music and ate cookies and proposed ideas for costumes. It was raining outside and the wind whipped leaves sideways through the street. We were in the spirit and ready for tea candles. Bring on the night! Turn off the lights! Our pumpkins were ready to laugh, to scowl, to ward off any restless spirits. We ate more pumpkin seeds, more cookies and contemplated the night.
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