With the summer months (erratic as they often are) now a fading, distant memory, it’s time for us to embrace the autumn wholeheartedly. Fortunately, this oh-so picturesque time of year makes it easy for us to do so, particularly in and around the beautiful city of Bath where stunning countryside, aflame in all the spectacular colours of the season, sits right on the doorstep.
As well as taking long walks through crunching leaves, breaking out the cosy jumpers and debating whether it’s quite cold enough to jack up the heating, those who enjoy a dabble in the kitchen will also be spending their time thinking up interesting things to do with pumpkins now that autumn is here.
Whether it’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin curry or pumpkin-spiced latte you are hoping to whip up, ‘tis truly the season for this plump, orange product. Even if you are not much of a whiz in the kitchen, how can you miss out on the chance to get creative and carve your own jack o’lantern, ready to menace the neighbourhood trick or treaters this Halloween?
When it comes to picking the best pumpkin for your needs, we suggest you eschew the local supermarket and go straight to the source. Here are a few of our favourite farms where you can find a fresh pumpkin near Bath:
Chosen Hill Farm enjoys an idyllic location, deep in the heart of the glorious Somerset countryside, overlooking Chew Valley Lake. This charming, family-run farm offers visitors the opportunity to come and pick their own seasonal produce, giving children a crash course in where their food comes from and adults the satisfaction of choosing their own fresh specimens, straight from the ground. Just a short drive away from Bath, Chosen Hill also boasts a well-stocked shop, bursting with farm-fresh produce. Stock up on tasty treats such as meringues and ice-cream to reward yourself after a hard session of pumpkin carving.
Although the excellent ‘pick your own’ selection at Primrose Vale Farm is coming to a close, visitors still have the opportunity to pick their own pumpkins before the end of October – check their Facebook for further details. Additionally, customers can choose to simply purchase their favourites from thousands of pre-picked pumpkins, showcased in the farm’s very own pumpkin barn. In recent years, Primrose Vale have celebrated the Halloween season by laying on trails featuring challenges and puzzles for children between the ages of three and 15, as well as a selection of hot drinks and light refreshments, served by their Potting Shed Café.
The Halloween season does not go unnoticed by Neston Farm either. This institution, situated near Atworth in Wiltshire, grew out of the well-regarded Hartley Farm and its ethos of bringing together vibrant food artisan businesses to offer their customers the cream of the culinary crop. Halloween celebrations include a spooky woodland trail with treats and games for little ones. Plus, of course, plenty of opportunities to get stuck into a nice fat pumpkin as you carve out your own design. Drop into the vibrant farm shop before you leave to take your pick from more tempting, fresh and locally-sourced produce than you could shake a pumpkin at.
The area surrounding Bath is brimming with delightful farms and enticing farm shops that offer seasonal fun, games and food. No matter where you go to find your fresh pumpkin, there’s no doubt that visiting the pumpkin patch where it began its life is so much more satisfying than simply picking one off the supermarket shelf. Now you can get started on that pumpkin-themed dinner party…