As September fades into October, Autumn gathers apace. And October means one thing. Pumpkins! We first started our annual tradition of pumpkin picking four years ago and now it wouldn’t be my favourite season without a trip to the patch! Kilduff Farm has been a favourite of ours to visit since it opened two years ago, so I was delighted when they invited us to the farm to take a few photos.
Lucy and family set up the patch in 2018 at their farm in the heart of East Lothian. Their family is passionate about where our food comes from and inviting other families to the patch is such a great way to learn about rural life and how food is really grown. The patch has gone from strength to strength and they’re hoping – Covid-guidance-permitting – to open on 16th October. There will be lots of precautions in place and it’s a great outdoor activity; be sure to pre-book your slot before you go!
Lucy is clearly passionate about pumpkins. It was great to speak to someone so likeminded and similarly enthusiastic about seasonality and avoiding food waste. More on that soon…! We had our run of the patch and it was great to shoot without an audience for once. Pumpkins, sunflowers and wildflowers plus that view – it is all so photogenic, I so hope we’ve done the place justice.
Lucy kindly gifted us a crate of Kilduff’s culinary pumpkins (grown in a different field nearby), which I can’t wait to use. Each gourd is suited for different uses, from mashing to roasting and more. My favourite – in terms of aesthetics at least, I’ll report back when I cook with them! – was the white Casper pumpkin. Closely followed by the miniature munchkin pumpkins. Almost too cute to eat… Almost!
Keep your eye out for more pumpkin spam soon. In the meantime I’m trying to decide what to bake with them as I’ve got quite the archive of recipes now. Decisions decisions…
Thanks to the Pumpkin Patch, Kilduff Farm for inviting us!