Hi everyone! 👋🏻 We had such a good time at @parleefarms today … SO much to see and do: apple and pumpkin picking 🍎, lots of animals to see (Goats! 🐐 Bunnies! 🐰 Sheep! 🐑) a special tractor ride 🚜 for apple picking, sunflower picking🌻 and SO many delicious goodies to enjoy. No matter where you are located, I’m sure many of your local farms have similar offerings to enjoy the fall season 🍂!
So I have put together our:
Six Tips for Apple Picking or Visiting a Pumpkin Patch During a Pandemic
1. Mentally prepare for crowds and talk to your kids ahead of time about your plan! It’s helpful to remind them of the importance of mask-wearing, staying close to family, and maintaining a distance from others.
2. For those traveling to farms with a lot of options, talk to your kids ahead of time about which activities (1-2?) you will be doing. It’s overwhelming to try and do all of them and level setting ahead of time helps avoid tiny human breakdowns in the middle of a farm stand. 😬
3. 🧼 Don’t forget your bring your own hand sanitizer. Although I am sure many farms will be prepared (@parleefarms was today!) it’s a good reminder to bring your own.
4. 🍎 🍩 🌽 Plan to save the treats for the ride home! As long as you don’t mind a tiny mess, this will be something for the kiddos to look forward to when the adventure is over! This farm has delicious roasted corn and cider donuts that were an awesome treat on the way home.
5. For those with larger families, be prepared to divide and conquer … since the Kim family children insisted on putting approximately 26 pumpkins in our wheelbarrow, Chris had to go back to the car by himself to load them up. 🎃
6. Level set the photo opportunities. 📸 Typically we would have gotten a lot more snapshots, but we decided to prioritize pictures near the pumpkins. There isn’t as much time or space in the current pandemic environment so don’t expect “Instagram perfection”. Cutting back on trying to get that perfect shot also helps minimize stress.