The other Saturday Dave and I took a mini field trip down to San Juan Capistrano, in Orange County California. We went to the “pumpkin patch” hosted by the farm that we receive our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) packages from, South Coast Farms. It is pretty amazing that just a few streets from downtown San Juan there is this farm.
At first glance, you will see a food stand with fresh produce from the farm. Behind the produce stand was a little pumpkin patch, with various activities including making cider, a craft table and learning how to wash rags with a washstand.
The pumpkins picked varied in shape and size and a lot had really beautiful stems–which may sound odd, but a good stem really adds a special touch to a jack-o-lantern. Dave grabbed a wheelbarrow and we picked up four pumpkins (special order for the padres) afterwards we had our turn at making cider.
The owner’s kid showed us how it worked, and we crunched up apples into mash then squeezed all the juice out. It was sooo sweet and delicious. As we went to check out and buy the pumpkins we also picked up some apples from the produce stand. Overall it was really fun and the house on the property was beautiful, there was also a little garden area that you could walk around that showed a natural eco-habitat for California.