Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fridays with Jim and Ginger and family

This week it was a short drive to Valley Center to Bates Brothers Nut Farm!

Yes it is an old family favorite, especially this time of year. Lauri and family and Susann and family joined us. That made it lots of fun! It was about 90 degrees so it didn't really feel like autumn but that didn't stop us. We loved resting on the picnic tables in the shade when we needed a break.

Bates has been here ever since I can remember and just gets better each year. The highlight of the trip was the pumpkin patch where each kid found their ideal pumpkin. The little ones just wanted to play and it wasn't easy getting them out of there. I should have gotten a giant pumpkin for the front door, but didn't.

From there we went to the animals and bought 10 bags of food so everyone could feed the animals. Ducks, chickens, geese, goats, lambs, llama and horses were there for the feeding. Of course, everyone loved it and when the food was gone the kids picked up spilled corn from the dirt to continue the fun.

We stopped by the country store and controlled ourselves by just buying trail mix and nuts - leaving the fabulous candy alone. I don't think that was a good choice, but I will get another chance since we are going back to buy the stuff for my world famous fruitcake. I might even share that recipe this year (It is a family secret given to me by my Aunt Dorothy). They also had some wonderful decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Definitely will be going back.


goingsome said...

Oh how fun. Looks like the kids had a good time. I would love to see the family secret fruit cake. Curious what you put in to make it yummy. I am always up for a new recipe. Fresh or dried fruit???

Shelli said...

Great pictures! Ana and I shared a trip down memory lane together. We miss Bates! Wish we could have been there with you.

Kricket said...

I love Bates! It is so much fun and definitely almost as exciting as trick or treating. We are planning to make a trip next weekend. It should be a blast. It looks like you guys had so much fun! Great family pictures!


Oh, I am so jealous. I love Bates. I wish we were closer sometimes. We went to a fun farm, too. I still need to post about it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginger,
Love the new look of your blog. We call it Nates Butt Farm at our house. We have also enjoyed going there for years too. So glad you are enjoying the season.