Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mayne's Tree Farm

On Monday, some friends of ours from church invited us to join their family tradition of going to Mayne's Tree Farm to go for a hay ride and pick out pumpkins. Mayne's is in a small but adorable town called Buckeystown, Maryland not far from Frederick.

We were really impressed with Mayne's. It was a truly enjoyable experience. It's out in a very rural area and isn't at all commercialized.

Right after we pulled into the parking lot, the farmer brought out the John Deere tractor pulling a trailer with some hay bales on it. We all climbed on board and enjoyed the ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins.

We told the boys the same rule as the family who invited us - they each got to pick one pumpkin, and they could pick any pumpkin they wanted as long as they could carry it.

I picked one out, too.

Pumpkin Self-Defense

The boys bent the rules a bit and decided that their stuffed animals should each get a pumpkin, too.

Lotis and his pumpkin

Teddy and his pumpkin

Weighing-In and Paying-Up

After we finished at Mayne's Tree Farm, we had an awesome lunch at a pizza place just north of Buckeystown. Then we did some sight seeing around the Maryland countryside on our way back home.

The farmland up there is beautiful.

I love autumn.

We took White's Ferry back across the Potomac north of Leesburg, Virginia. Then we stopped at a few Loudon County vineyards to do some wine-tasting. There were some gorgeous flowers out in front of the Lost Creek and Hidden Creek vineyards.

Overall, it was a wonderful autumn day out in the country with my family. If you're in the DC area and looking for a nice day's outing to pick up some pumpkins with your family, then I highly recommend Mayne's Tree Farm.

REMINDER: THIS WEEKEND is the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour! Click on the link for a map and list of participating farms and what they will be offering.


Hilary said...

Looks like fun. I know it was... there were so many times when my kidlets were little.. sigh!

I love the closeup pumpkin photo and the second to last shot of the flower. And I'm only a tad disappointed that there were no images of the wine tasting. ;)

Nereus said...

Ahh, Autumn, My favorite time of year. Our family went to a pumpkin farm, enjoyed a corn maize (pun intended) and enjoyed a sunny fall afternoon. Thanks for sharing a Virginia Fall day.

Loping Squid said...

This reminds me of when I was a little guy, and we would go out for our Halloween pumpkins. All you could carry w/o mechanical assistance for some set price I've forgotten...

Dani said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Lost Creek and Hidden Creek are such great vineyards. There are so many good ones in Louden County.

Anonymous said...

Very cool. We went to a pumpkin farm with the Rug Rat's preschool class this week. Fun times!

I especially like the stuffed animals posing with pumpkins. :)