This post will wow you with color! Autumn IS on its way,
and here's proof from the fields of our beautiful
North Carolina Piedmont area.
My partial stack of beauties - and Jasmin still had to add
her picks . . .
I love taking country drives away from the hustle and bustle
of the city.
On Friday we headed south to Harnett County. Partly sunny
skies, very warm temperatures, and yet a feeling of Autumn
was definitely apparent as we got farther away from town.
Tobacco fields were starting to be picked, hay was baled,
corn was gone, fields already being ploughed under and new
Winter crops were being planted.
When we arrived at our destination, Johnson's Pumpkins
were waiting, plentiful and pretty, every color, every
size and, as always, hard to pick favorites from such
Perhaps even more enjoyable than choosing pumpkins,
was spending time with not only farmer Doug - Bob loves
'shooting the breeze' with him, and his welcoming wife
Freda who always gives me great recipe tips for cooking
the pumpkins - but a lot more of the Johnson farm
family including their children and grandchildren.
Their grandson Easton above, permitted us to watch his
efforts at hill rolling, posed for me with the horses in
the nearby pasture, and talked us into playing ball with
him in the farmhouse driveway. I assure you this was no
quick stop to grab pumpkins and drive off, it was a truly
wonderful afternoon visit with the nicest people imaginable.
This was granddaughter Jasmin's first visit with us
to the farm - I think she'll enjoy going again.
She took some awesome photos, nice to be young,
able to crouch and get up again!
Perhaps she'll share them with you later.
If you're close by I think you'd truly enjoy a visit to
Johnson's Pumpkins as we do. It has become an annual
happening we look forward to in September. In fact we
even stopped by in July just to have a chat - Doug
introduced us to his cows, and took us on a stroll
around his pond, from there we could see the fields
where Freda had planted her pumpkin seeds. We know
the hard work involved to grow from seed to harvest
on a family farm is huge, so much of a successful
harvest depends on the weather. This was an usually
wet Summer here in this area of North Carolina so
there were problems - quite honestly though I still
think the Johnsons pumpkins are magnificent as always.
I also purchased baking pumpkins and butternut
squash, more on those in another post.