This weekend we ventured outside the city of Portsmouth and into a more rural area of Southern Virginia, to College Run Farms in Surry county. College Run Farms is a pick-your-own farm that allows customers to the enter the fields and harvest their own crops. We have made it a tradition to visit the farm for a couple seasons now and I’m always impressed with their outstanding farm production. They maintain an ambitious picking schedule, rotating their fields with seasonal fruits and vegetables. From strawberries to pick in May, blueberries in June, sweet corn in July, followed by their last pick-your-own crop of the year, pumpkins and gourds in October. The farm is run by the founder, Farmer Steve, his wife and their two kids. It’s open daily from late April through October and are closed for winter months. This place is sincerely worth sharing, as it’s given my family many reasons to keep coming back. It’s allowed us to teach our kids more about agriculture in ways we cannot do in the space of our own garden. College Run Farms is not too far from home. It’s about an hour away, but it makes it worth the drive knowing we’re supporting a great place with honest staff, a day filled with adventure and coming back home with freshly picked seasonal crops. The farm has an impressive corn maze. You can choose to use the map they provide or have a little fun and opt from using it. We chose to take the long route, by running in circles and hitting many dead ends, but after about 20 minutes we pulled through and made it out. The weather was very overcast Saturday, the temperatures were cooler than we planned for, but the running and excitement of the corn maze helped warm things up. We spent a couple of hours on the farm that day. After the corn maze we headed over to their fields for pumpkin picking. Normally, you could drive your vehicle through the paths between the rows of pumpkins. However, the weather wasn’t favorable from rainfall that morning. The farm includes a few acres of pumpkins and gourds with over 30 different varieties to choose from. We parked as close as we could to the patch and walked until each of us found a pumpkin to bring home.
After trekking through acres of pumpkins, Rain decided she was most happy with the plain, small, perfectly bright orange, “Neon” pumpkin. Caelen chose one of the large varieties, the “Hercules.” With a little help from their Papa, they cut their pumpkins straight from the vine.
Now, we all knew walking into the pumpkin patch, that whatever cut we’d have to carry back. Though Caelen insisted he was happy with the large pumpkin he wanted, despite it’s weight. He was a champ and carried his Hercules pumpkin all the way back to the car by himself.