Halloween is just around the corner and I needed to get some pumpkins for our yearly tradition of carving a jack-o’-lantern. Even though my kids are no longer kids, ones 18 the other 20, I don’t care…I love pumpkins. I think I will always stay a kid at heart. My home is always going to have a box of crayons somewhere in it along with a box of vintage toys off in a corner.
Well along with toys comes my holiday traditions that I will always do every year and picking out our pumpkin for the year is one of our top things to do.
There are several ways to buy your pumpkins here Arizona. You can go to a pumpkin patch/farm for the whole Fall experience, pick one up at a Farmers market, a grocery store or grow one yourself.
Our weather is very fickle and annoying, some years are good and some not. Then you have the whole desert climate to deal with. There are not a lot of pumpkins that can survive growing in those conditions.
Up north at Our Little Red House the summer was so dry that the pumpkins did not grow and they had to get pumpkins like they do here in the city which is to have them shipped in from other places.
So I can’t really say where there is an actual pumpkin patch in our state. We just don’t have good pumpkin growing weather.
But, not to worry, there are still tons of pumpkins to pick here in Arizona. The first place we checked was a farm.
The weather that weekend was wet and rainy so parts of the farm were closed because of flooding.
There is the haunted corn maze and all kinds of fun Fall events to do at most pumpkin patch farms.
They have jellies, fruits and veggies for sale in their little stands up front.
This one was super crowded and people were lined up everywhere with their pumpkins they were ready to purchase.
The prices ranged anywhere from $1-$13, at least those were the lowest and highest prices I saw.
I am frugal, so I knew I could get a better deal somewhere else. At the farm you are paying for the atmosphere, the experience. Everything will always cost a little bit more at a farm/pumpkin patch, but if you have little ones, it is worth the extra money buying your pumpkins here. The cute Fall photo opportunities alone are worth a stop at a farm pumpkin patch.
Remember my kids are grown so there was no way I was getting them to pose next to a pumpkin smiling away…now that would be funny. I have plenty from when they were little.
So we headed off to Sprouts ( a healthy grocery store) and bought a decent sized pumpkin for $2.99 and some little ones for .69 cents each.
Then I didn’t stop there, at Walmart they had a huge center display of hay and pumpkins everywhere that were really big for $5.
Here they are, my assortment of pumpkins. Can’t wait to start carving. Oh, and I can not carve, so my pumpkins look scary on Halloween. But what fun we have trying to create crazy faces on our pumpkins. Happy hunting everyone and don’t throw those seeds away, I have a re-post coming up on what to do with the seeds. Some really pretty ornaments, or you can always eat them.