Pumpkin patch

Corbin Currington, left, Hollyn Dinneen and Zayden Dinneen are pleased with their pumpkin choices during a recent visit to Kruse Farms near Roseburg, Ore. They made the trip to the farm with their grandmother, Amy Holmgren. Visits to pumpkin patches has been a tradition for Holmgren’s family for many years, dating back to when she was a grade schooler.

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The tradition of going to the pumpkin patch can be both an educational and a memory-making experience for kids and families. It also connects the public to farming and agriculture, and is a big boost to the farmer’s income.

For years, even decades, families have been visiting pumpkin fields on weekends and classes of young school children have been visiting on weekdays during October as Halloween nears. At many farms, a wagon with hay bales for seats carries both kids and adults into the field. Once off the wagon, the kids, with adults in pursuit, spread out in search of the perfect pumpkin for carving into a jack-o-lantern or for decoration for Halloween.

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