For many area families fall means it's time for the annual trip to the farm to go pumpkin hunting.
“It's more of a family oriented thing instead of going to a supermarket and picking one out,” Tanner Leibovitz said.
“It's kind of a unique experience, here in that it’s a small working farm not a big commercial type spot,” Theri Niemier from The Patch said.
It's the first weekend of business at The Patch in Niles, one that looked like it could be in jeopardy.
“Pumpkins and winter squash in general would have liked some warmer nights to start with. For the weather I think we’re lucky to have what we have. We do have plenty of pumpkins to get us through the month,” Niemier said.
Meantime, at Ashley's Pumpkin Farm in South Bend, the story is about the same.
“Last year we had quite a few more pumpkins than last year our variety of pumpkins kind of suffered a little bit,” Renee Ashley of Ashley’s Pumpkin Farm said.
There's still plenty of gourds to be had, and plenty of activities to wear the kids out.
“People get to feed the goats, people go through the corn maze, its all free, some places make people pay, and we just want people to enjoy it. That's what we're here for is to have fun,” Ashley said.
For family farms like these, it's all about celebrating the season with their community.
“One of our hopes is that people will, while they're here, just get a sense of your small local farmers. Just kind of a down home meaningful couple of hours with your family,” Ashley said.
Ashley’s Pumpkin Farm
23098 Adams Road
South Bend, IN 46628
3575 W. Bertrand Road
Niles, MI 49120