Sunday, October 11, 2009

26th Annual Merrymead Harvest Days

Last weekend Tara and I took you on a quick visit to Freddy Hill Farm and their Fall Fest. This week, we stopped by Merrymead Farm to see what their Harvest Days had to offer this year. Both of these local farms offer fun every weekend in October, so our initial visits have been to just get a feel for what there is to do! Tara wanted to wait to do the hayride with her cousins. They have games and such too, but we didn't go that far into the crowd!

Saturday again started off as a gloomy dreary day, but by mid afternoon it was a great day to be outside. Quite breezy, but I think that makes it seem all that much more like autumn.

Charlotte is visiting Merrymead this fall, she has spun her web over the pen of Harley the Hog. (Harley was sleeping as usual, so I didn't bother him for a photo!)

Then we spotted this witch who seemed to have had a little bit of an accident - OUCH.

This caterpiller was hanging out too. Perhaps this is Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar. It is so much fun to see what they can do with pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin made famous by Charlie Brown is alive and well at Merrymead. (Since it is Fire Prevention Week, the Worcester Fire Company was there, that flag is hanging from the ladder of one of the trucks.)

Merrymead boasts a 5 acre corn maze (at $10 per person), I can get lost perfectly fine without paying $10. Tara wants to go through the maze.. hopefully her cousin Tyler will go with her!
They also have a smaller maze for those younger kids and directionally challenged! I'm hoping these are not folks that got lost in years past!

Pumpty Dumpty is Humpty's cousin, let's hope he stays put!

If he falls he will fall right into the folks serving up popcorn, cookies and yummy apples with caramel!

They have a great pumpkin corral, very popular for taking photos of kiddos as well as purchasing pumpkins! Tara was embarrassed when I asked a cute couple with an adorable baby if they wanted a family photo. We bought a pumpkin that was just a few ounces shy of 20 pounds... at .49 cents/lb! I totally forgot to take a picture of it!
Tara in the Pumpkin Corral - Oct 1997

Tara in the Pumpkin Corral - Oct 2009 (Her eyes are squinty.... I need a do over when we go back!)

I just love fall.... so many things to do!


Life with Kaishon said...

It sounds like such a fun day Martha! Can you believe I have never been to Merry Mead? We do go to Freddie Hill since it is only 5 minutes away : ). I hate driving on the weekends since I drive so much during the week. I will see if Kaish and Shoshi want to do the corn maze though. Maybe we will go! I was so glad Saturday got nicer! I just love the weather today! So fantastic!

Matty said...

Merrymead is a fun family place. Great for the kids. I hope to get my grandchildren there soon.

Rebecca said...

Fun fun fun!!! Yay for you for those great shots of fun. We went to Tyler State Park this weekend...I haven't posted photos yet tho.

Intense Guy said...

Excellent pictures! I really like your new blog header!

James said...

Great pictures, I love the witch hitting the pole. lol

The little guy in the pumpkins brings back a memory.
When I was 5 or 6 yrs old I went to the supermarket with my friend, his mother and 2yr old brother. My friend and I asked if we could go look at some toys, his mother said "yes, but take little Paul with you and I meet you there in 5 or 10 minutes." When she got there she said Where's Paul and of course we had no idea. After a half hour search led by the store manager Paul was found. He had climbed up and into a 5ft high mountain of pumpkins, curled up with his thumb in his mouth and was fast asleep. To this day it's one of the cutest things that I've seen.
I wish I had a camera back then. :)

Lizzie said...

love all these beautiful fun fall pictures :)