Is It Odd that a 67 Year Old Man Loves Going to the Pumpkin Patch?!?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska

Sunday was the windy...dry and dusty.  Not your typical day at the Pumpkin Patch but our daughter was home so it seemed like a great time to go. Some of the fruits of labor are shown above!

I LOVE going to the Pumpkin Farm

I have great memories of when the kids were little and we would go and the fun they would have picking out their favorite pumpkin that usually turned into 3 or 4.

Even before as a young adult I worked at Helgoth's Melon Farm in St Libory, NE part time throwing melons and pumpkins and jawing with Buyers of fine home grown produce.

We always say we are going to get few pumpkins and then it turns into quite a few and then into the "back of the Suburban is full!!"  And so it was this time as well!  Love it!

This time they had rotated the pumpkin patch into a new area Robyn McCann fighting the Kochia Weeds for a great flat gourd! 2020 and the Kochia weeds were huge. A noxious weed that is hard to eradicate and hard on the body had taken over some of the many patches. 

SO where were the best gourds and squash?  Yep...smack dab in the middle of the weeds!! 

My legs look like they lost the battle (they did) ...imagine walking through a field of knee high stickers and sand paper...that is what it is like to walk through Kochia weeds.  

But we got what we wanted...way more than we needed...and found a heck of a nice pair of extendable Fisker cutters laying in the field...and then 200 yards away as we were driving slowly by another vehicle...I overheard a little boy say I can't find them Dad and the dad asking where they used them last at.  I backed up and asked if they lost a pair of Loppers?  It was theirs...which made a little boy really happy!!  

We proceeded to another patch and a bit daughter...who worked at the city library for years part time while going to college...saw a former I backed up and they were trying to take a photo so Jaime jumped out and took an Sarah Haack familyawesome family photo with sunflowers in the background!  A keepsake for that family forever.  What a random encounter in a pumpkin patch...or was it?

I am a firm believer that many things are simply meant to be...and that was one of them.

When I see a photo like this takes me back to the days when that was us in the photo...with our son and daughter...and it makes my heart warm and eyes dusty. 

When I saw this photo Jaime had taken of the Haack family I felt like we were right where we were supposed to be at that particular moment.

I hope they understand someday how their family photo impacts others not only now but in the future!!

SO I guess I answered the question I posed at the start... isn't odd that a 67 year old man likes going to the pumpkin fact he should go more often!! And take his camera.

Until Next time...if you are near one...go to the patch and enjoy the happiness that is spread there!

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Comments (22)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The happy heart of a child in any age body is something to treasure.  I am not into pumpin patches, nor the whole pumpkin eating stuff, but I love seeing the enthusiasm is generates.  A

Oct 12, 2020 08:27 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

We have a couple of pumpkin patches here Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker but my favorite is like a theme park with a corn maze and a pumpkin catapult where you an test your skill aiming at targets as far as 100 yards away.

Oct 12, 2020 08:41 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

What a wonderful story, Mike.  Sounds like your family had a great time.  Hope the legs heal fast.

Oct 12, 2020 09:30 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

HI Nina Hollander Are you talking about your Mom..right? 

Oct 12, 2020 03:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker wish that I were, Mike! 

Oct 13, 2020 03:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mike- well this 71 year old still loves pumpkin patches too!!!  I don't know how far you are from Omaha but when we were visiting Larry's daughter and her family a few years ago we went to Vala's Pumpkin Patch  

It was so much more than a pumpkin patch but your whole family would love it. 

Oct 12, 2020 05:46 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

HI Kathy Streib Yes...we have been there.  Had a family wedding close to there a few years ago and our daughter lives in that neck of the woods!!  A fun place to go!!


Oct 12, 2020 07:36 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker you made me smile WAY big with your heartfelt post!  And I love that picture of all of you!  These are truly the times in our lifes that make everything all come together.  Cherish all those memories and keep creating them too.  That's my motto!

Oct 14, 2020 09:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I loved going to the pumpkin patch with my kids too. My son was home this weekend but not with his boys. Next year I will make sure he comes home with the boys for a trip to the pumpkin patch. Great post

Oct 15, 2020 04:45 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Love your post, being English we never really did the pumpkin patch thing as my boys grew up. Sure they do it with theirs as they have acclimatised to being Americans.

Oct 15, 2020 05:02 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

You're making me want to take my family to the pumpkin patch on Sunday! My little grandson is only 5 months but this would be a great time to start an annual tradition. Thanks for the post.

Oct 15, 2020 07:33 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We used to go to a pumpkin patch every year walking from our home take a photo of King and Queen. Then I realize it is the local pumpkin amusement park as every vacant larger properties have converted to housings.  This one near us is going to be have 64 houses....


Oct 15, 2020 02:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mike:

I love this post, and no there is NOTHING odd about a 67 year old going to a pumpkin patch. It's all about who you are and what makes you happy!


Oct 15, 2020 03:07 PM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

It is lovely to keep your memories alive, and building other... have fun. Life is unpredictable.  Be safe ❤ Thank you for sharing 

Oct 15, 2020 07:39 PM
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

Absolutely not weird!

Oct 16, 2020 10:26 AM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Young at heart is what we all need now to stay positive! You did a good thing and enjoyed your day, we should all think about what makes us happy and do more of it :O)

Oct 16, 2020 11:30 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

FOrtunately this is a family activity that n ever gets old!  And can be done during these pandemic times. Making memories with the grandkids!

Oct 17, 2020 04:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker - What a wonderful story to share with the rest of us on the joys of family and the fall festivities.  In our area, there is one nursery near Flagstaff that brings pumpkins in. Not quite the same as going to a pumpkin patch and cutting your own treasure.

Oct 18, 2020 07:20 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Great story! Have a good day! 

Oct 19, 2020 06:23 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

No way Mike!  So much fun to be outdoors with the sounds of nature and the sounds of happy children. I bet you even go out and look for that perfect Christmas tree!!  Happy Autumn!

Oct 19, 2020 10:32 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker

HI Gloria Todor   We used to go out every year for the tree.  We had to stop when we found out my wife was allergic to the trees.  I made up for it by planting a large Spruce and would cover it with lights.  It has grown too big to decorate now but love the tree!  Thanks for the fun comment!

Oct 28, 2020 08:05 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Mike,
You're never too old for family traditions. That's what memories are made of. 

Oct 27, 2020 04:26 PM