Although Autumn just officially arrived this past weekend, it's already making itself known with the cooler mornings, the quick switch from sandals to boots, talks of apple picking, and of course, pumpkins galore! Thoughts of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin beer, and pumpkin bread are dancing in everyone's heads these days. I think the best way to get your pumpkin fix though, is to go directly to the source (and maybe bring a pumpkin latte with you)...
This fall, Nihtila Farm in Holbrook is the place to be! Last weekend was their opening weekend for the season, and it looks like they're off to a good start. Last year I wrote a post about the artwork on the farm, but now I'll tell you a little bit about everything else.
When you arrive at the farm you can help yourself to a little red wagon and get right to picking your own pumpkin. They also have sugar pumpkins for cooking, as well as mini pumpkins and gourds. The farm is owned and operated by my Uncle Rob, and my Aunt Helen. Their 7 children are a huge help around the farm, making it a real family affair.
Living on the farm, the Nihtila's are certainly not strangers to wildlife, and they even have some cute animals of their own. Meet Princess, formerly the runt in her family, she's now living the good life at Nihtila Farm. Stop by and say hello to her! They also have roosters, chickens, a rabbit, brother and sister goats (they're twins!), and the occasional frog that hops by.
While I visited the farm this weekend, Helen was busy watering the dozens of hardy mums they have available. I asked her when they would start blooming and learned that as long as you keep watering them regularly, the mums stay closed up. Once you give them a break from the watering, they will open up in full bloom. So even though they don't look like much now, once you get them home, you'll have some beautiful flowers.
This year, the Nihtila's have added a small area on the farm full of giant pumpkins! Turns out they can grow to be pretty big!
Now that you've seen just how wonderful this family farm is, make sure you stop by before the season is over. For more information take a look at their website or find them and like them on facebook! And if you're wondering what to wear to the farm, check out the pumpkin hats in my Etsy Shop!