Apparently, today is National Pumpkin Day! Who knew… I’ve been trying to get this post live for more than a week now but turns out life can be pretty busy down here – but apparently my inner content creator calendar is obviously perfectly in sync and today is a perfect day to be posting about pumpkins.
I’ve read quite a bit where people have been discussing halloween being an imported event, but I am not sure it is necessarily the case. I understand that pumpkins have formed part of a halloween type tradition particularly in the north of England, and Scotland, for a long time. Personally, I love to embrace a bit of seasonality, and fill our home and table with whatever is plentiful at the time. One restaurant describes their menu as “aggressively seasonal” and I feel like that could also be used to describe our house at present.
Aside from making a lovely photo background, we’ve been trying to visit our local farm shops and where possible pick your own places for several reasons. One, it is nice to eat local and support local businesses; two, I like that the kids are starting to understand a bit more where food comes from, the effort that goes into producing it, and the importance of good ingredients. Pip is learning to cook, and I think a good first step is some understanding why pumpkins thoughtfully grown will make good soup as well as something we can carve for halloween.
We spent a glorious afternoon in the late autumnal afternoon sun, wondering around Trevaskis Farm and selecting our pumpkins. I highly recommend a visit to this farm during the summer when the majority of the soft fruit is in season, but an autumnal visit is also well worth it. (And make sure you stop for tea and cake – the options are legendary.)
I also selected some smaller gourds to decorate the table, which I paired with the last of the roadside flowers. The farm images are all Trevaskis, the other images our house.
Trevaskis Farm, Connor Downs, Hayle, TR27 5JQ
Pick your Own open 8am-7pm every day
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