Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Aloun Farms Pumpkin Patch (Flickr ©ghir)

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.

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