We spent our 4th fall picking pumpkins as a family at Wills Family Orchard this weekend.
During our first visit in 2011, we were still a family of 3.
Evie was an unhappy peanut in 2012. It was chilly and she’s missed a nap.
So much can change in the matter of year.
One thing that doesn’t change is our love for this land. We visited another orchard a few weeks ago and we all walked away saying there was just no comparison. Wills Family Orchard remains our family fall spot!
It was the perfect chilly fall morning. Our previous plans with friends fell through so we took the surprise open morning to do something we love.
Evie, in classic Evie style, wanted to pick what she wore. The tutu is an infant picture tutu that my friend Jennie was going to donate to Goodwill. Evie saw it and GAME OVER. She wears this thing like it’s attached to her skin: mall, grocery shopping, and now pumpkin picking. To each their own!
It was a chilly morning, perfect for wearing all things fun. Like mother like daughter 🙂
Finn was very into picking this year. He ran through the vines looking for the perfect pumpkin for each of us. He was all in helping Justin cut them away from the vine and desperately wanted to lift the pumpkins into the wagon. Maybe next year since he and Justin found a TWENTY-EIGHT-POUND beast. They were so proud. Like father like son 🙂
After a brief bonding moment…
… we were off with our loot!
But not before stopping to look at the gourds. This is often my favorite spot. I love the shapes and colors!
I loaded the pumpkins up the vehicle while Justin and the kids made their way through the corn maze. Justin asked before going in, “now, am I going to get lost?”
Thankfully they made it out and met me in the Country Store where we picked up our fair share of organic apples, fresh made jams, local honey, and Apple Cider Donuts. The kids LOVE these donuts, as do J and I. We were able to chat a little with Maury Wills, “Farmer Wills” as Finn calls him. He is a good man and has raised a great family. Supporting his family by visiting the orchard is well worth your time this fall.
Once the donuts were gobbled, Evie demanded an apple. Happy to comply, my dear…
After a visit down the way to visit the chickens and goats, we headed home to put our favorite fall finds on the porch.
It is officially fall in the Wise house. Nothing better! What are your fall traditions?