This is my first October in Vancouver and I’m excited because at the end of the month I get to dress up and ask strangers for candy. October also includes decorating our apartment with scary stuff. To prepare for it we took a drive out to Langley in ‘the valley’ where you can pick your own pumpkin at Aldor Acres.
The older I get, and the more I learn, stuff just amazes me. For example, pumpkin was the first solid food I ate. Well it turns out the orange mush on my plate first grows on a field in balls half the size of me! Crazy stuff. I can’t wait to find out where steak comes from.
Before we got to pick our pumpkin there was a lot of stuff to do. Wherever we go there’s usually a playground, a bunch of animals or food. Aldor Acres didn’t disappoint. There were a lot of animals, a playground and plenty of food. Mama fed the goats and they almost ran her over. I can relate after meeting plenty of goats in Amsterdam.
There were other animals as well. Cows, pigs, lamas, bunnies and more. I got to hold a baby bunny and I screamed when Papa put it back in its cage. It took a while before I realized the bunny lives on the farm and I couldn’t take it home. A simple misunderstanding. A bit embarrassing but I can laugh about it now.
The highlight of the day was the hayride to a field called a pumpkin patch. We sat on a bail of hay while a big tractor pulled our wagon to the field. I’m obsessed with all large forms of transportation and heavy machinery so this was a real treat. I kept saying “Mari driving” but no luck.
Once we arrived at the patch we jumped into the field to pick our pumpkin. I picked the largest one I could carry and Papa and Mama picked a couple of small ones. We had to pay the farmer based on the size of the pumpkin.
When we got home Papa cut one of the small pumpkins into pieces and turned it into a yummy Thanksgiving dinner. Farm-to-plate as they say!