Parading For Pumpkins at Ferme Genest

Parading For Pumpkins at Ferme Genest

Parading for Pumpkins at Ferme Genest

“We’re going to a farm today!” I said to my 2-year old daughter one chilly Fall Sunday morning.  Probably more excited that she was, I dressed her up in a bee Halloween costume, put on all necessary winter garments and headed to the south shore to spend a morning on a farm.  We sang “Old MacDonald had a farm” along the way in the car.

The place was packed with people and the smell of apple donuts filled the air.  We made our way to the food first because it smelled so good.  There was fried butternut squash and pumpkin jam to taste and piles of different kinds of squashes to buy. 

We headed towards the animals where we saw a donkey, two llamas and some rabbits.  Not quite the animals I was expecting on a farm, but heck, my daughter didn’t seem to mind.  Here I was singing Old Macdonald had a cow where I should have been singing Old Macdonald had a llama…what kind of noise does a llama make anyway?

Afterwards, we passed through some tepees and made our way to the huge playground.  There were two huge slides, swings, a tunnel, a play area for smaller toddlers and a wooden portrait of farmers with holes for faces where you can put your face in.

Soon after, we hitched a ride on a tractor to go to the pumpkin patch.  The pumpkin patch is only a few hundred feet from the playground but the tractor takes you on a 5-minute ride to get there.  I looked at my daughter to see if she was excited as I was… nope, I was the only excited one it appeared.   

There were pumpkins everywhere.  Every pumpkin was unique.  There were lots of ugly, lumpy pumpkins or pumpkins with flattened sides and I felt like giving one of these ugly pumpkins a home.  We thought Emily should choose though, and she pointed to a tall one with a nice stem and it was nice and smooth.

 We ended our morning with a nice batch of apple donuts… yum! 

Ferme Genest has year-round activities for the family.  It is free to visit.  You can celebrate birthdays there too.  There are even recipes you can find on their site.  Visit their site and see a picture gallery of the family Genest ancestors going back to 1804!
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Article: Isabelle Green
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