Please Do Not Sit On the Pumpkin Patch in Belleville, Illinois
It's been a beautiful Sunday here in O'Fallon, Illinois--in the 80s, perfect for driving around looking for the great pumpkin patch. We decided to see what Eckert's Orchards has for families since this is the time of year for hay rides for all ages, picking the perfect pumpkins--mostly for moms, but for kids, too, and topping it off with a cup of frozen custard, or a meal at the family restaurant.
We got there and the parking lots were full, people everywhere, and a cheerful atmosphere... it was overwhelming, and fun at the same time. Took my trusty iPhone and another digital camera out and just started shooting.
The sign says: Pictures are OK. But please do not sit on the pumpkins.
It seemed like there were pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks in every available space. Me thinking I won't be persuaded by all of these, only bought a couple of marigold plants and a pair of gourds. That will show them!
I asked the cashier if there were a special event today to explain the crowd, she said it's like this everyday. It's special to me, because I came home with the green goose-necked gourd on the left and the striped gourd on the right, plus two marigold plants!
Pumpkins and gourds galore!
For things to do in Belleville, Illinois this fall--visit the Eckert's Orchards--open daily from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
951 Greenmount Road, Belleville, IL 62220 - (618) 233-0513.
It's nine miles south of O'Fallon, and 10 miles south west of Scott Air Force Base.