Fresh from the patch
Agriculture, of necessity, requires a certain amount of emotional distance. It’s rarely a good idea to name the calves and there’s little point in getting spiritually invested in each individual peach.
But surely pumpkins are different. They’re such jolly things, which may be why Rob Kimball at Orchard Valley Farms in Paonia refers to them in terms usually reserved for puppies.
“We love it when people come out and adopt a pumpkin,” he said with a laugh. “We’re hoping that they all have a happy home this year.”
The farm is continuing its annual tradition of donating all the proceeds from its you-pick pumpkin patch to an area nonprofit group. This year it’s Partners and so far, Kimball said, pumpkins have earned more than $3,000.
There’s no admission to the pumpkin patch and no set price for the pumpkins; instead, there are suggested donations “but otherwise we let people’s conscience be their guide,” Kimball said.
The pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Nov. 3 and is at 15836 Black Bridge Road in Paonia. For more information call 970-527-6838.