Yesterday my mother’s assisted living group visited Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch in Culver City (at Centinela and Washington).
Since the patch sprung up on that corner a few weeks ago I have passed by several times on the bus or in my car and told myself I have to stop and visit. It looked like so much fun. But as I was always on my way somewhere and running late (well, for me “late” means arriving on time instead of early… I just hate being late anywhere for any reason)… I did not stop.
So when I found out the gang was going to view the pumpkins I signed my mother up for the excursion. In any case it’s important for her to get out into the world once in a while! And I enjoy going on outings with the other residents.
Here are a few pics of Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch. There were a lot of kids enjoying themselves. Several school buses pulled up while we were there. I imagine the pumpkins will be there through Thanksgiving. Sadly, I am told that the pony ride had to be removed which greatly disappointed a lot of children who were looking forward to it.
So take your kids, whether they are five years old or ninety-five years old!
A little pumpkin trivia. Pumpkins are not a vegetable. Because they contain seeds they are classified as a fruit.
According to allaboutpumpkins.com “A pumpkin is a member of the cucurbit (gourd) family. The cucurbit family includes pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, luffas, watermelons and melons. Most of the plants in this family are vines, however there are a few exceptions. There are four main species. Maxima, Pepo, Moschata and Mixta (also known as argyrosperma).”
I have to admit that pumpkin is not one of my favorite flavors. At least not when it is in a dessert like pie or ice cream. However, lately I have been getting into eating other kinds of winter squash that I purchase at the farmers’ market. So maybe I’ll buy a pumpkin next week and see what I can do with it to make it edible.
In the meantime, more photos. As you know, just click on a photo to get the slide show started.
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