Growing up, there was one family tradition which meant the world to me: Our annual trip to the Sauvie’s Island Pumpkin Patch. The annual Pumpkin Patch trip was not just a blip on the annual radar, but instead the grand highlight of the autumn. All year long I would look forward to it. A trip to the Pumpkin Patch came with the promise of fun. Every year I would burst out of the car, ready to experience everything Sauvie’s Island had to offer. The first stop was to visit the corn maze, where I could happily spend an hour lost and never feel I had wasted a second. The very thought of it brings back the sweet smell of the cornfields and the triumphant feeling of emerging out the maze victorious. After the maze it was time to cut a bucket of sunflowers and mums to bring home, and to peruse the market for fresh berries.
The highlight, of course, was tromping through the muddy fields on a mission to find the perfect pumpkin. It was a short walk to reach the pumpkin fields, and I will never forget stepping around that last bend and seeing a sea of orange stretching out to meet me. Only once I got a little closer did the orange sea begin to part, and I could see a million individual orange spheres of all shapes and sizes just waiting to be discovered. It was not possible to simply choose the first pumpkin you stumbled across. It was absolutely necessary to wade into the depths of the field and see each of the thousands of pumpkins. Each was unique, having its own shape and character. If I could, I think I would have brought them all home.
This year for the first time, I had the opportunity to take my own children to the Pumpkin Patch and to share the whole amazing tradition with them. I felt my heart burst at the sight of them running through the pumpkin fields with delight, taking it all in. It is wonderful to be able to share something that means so much to me and to see my joy reflected in my children.
Whenever I see pumpkins, my mind takes me right back there to the Pumpkin Patch. The Country Pumpkin Bouquet is the catalyst for me to smile and remember each time I see it. The gorgeous yellow mums make me think of those I cut at the pumpkin patch, and the bright autumn hues make me crave the sweet air of Sauvie’s Island.
Just like all of the pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, each person’s Halloween memories are also unique. GiftTree’s wonderful selection of autumn and Halloween-themed gifts has something to make everyone smile. From the delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake to the adorably-adorned Happy Haunting Gift Tote, GiftTree’s Halloween gifts are sure to not only bring back happy memories, but also to create new ones. This season my wish for you is that you make many memories that you will later recall with a smile. Happy Halloween!