I love the colours at this time of year, trees covered in gold and ochre, crunchy singed leaves underfoot and bright orange pumpkins. Pumpkin picking is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and the latest pick your own pumpkin farm to pop up near me is aptly named The Pop Up Farm.
The Pop Up Farm is just off the roundabout at Junction 9 of the M1, you can see the fields dotted with orange from the road and the field is well sign-posted. We arrived and pulled on wellies and waterproofs. We were greeted by members of the friendly team at The Pop Up Farm and given a quiz to complete on the way up the gentle hill to the farm entrance. Car parking and entry to the pumpkin patch are free.
The pumpkin patch is a large field filled with pumpkins, some still on the vine so I could show Mr 2 how the pumpkins grow. There are several varieties of pumpkin in the field from the steel grey Crown Prince variety to the dark green Kabocha and the bright orange and bumpy Goosebumps.
We had a great time wandering through the field looking for different varieties and eyeing up potential candidates to put in our wheelbarrow.
There hasn’t been too much rain recently so the ground wasn’t muddy and it was easy to walk about. There were plenty of pumpkins to choose from. The biggest problem was getting Mr 2 to narrow it down to just a couple!
Once we had finally made our choice we made our way to the exit to pay for our pumpkins. Squashes and medium sized pumpkins are £3.50, large pumpkins are £5, extra large pumpkins are £8 and monster pumpkins are £1 per kilo. The pumpkins might be more expensive than the supermarket offerings but at The Pop Up Farm you’re paying for some really delicious varieties and the pumpkin picking experience.
The Pop Up Farm is part of a family farm and it’s a real family effort. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and really helpful. There’s a snack stop so you can get a tea, coffee or hot chocolate but the choice is limited and there weren’t any soft drinks, water or juice for children. It’s a great place for some rustic pumpkin fun. We were there for about an hour, which was plenty of time for a walk around the field, some photos and a ride in the wheelbarrow.
The Pop Up Farm is a field on a working farm so the facilities are limited but a warm welcome awaits and we brought home some seriously tasty pumpkins and lots of gorgeous autumnal photos.
The Pop Up Farm is open from Friday 13th to Tuesday 31st October 2017 10am to 4pm at junction 9 of the M1, AL3 8HT