Hell’s Pumpkin Patch

Gone to Huber

Have you ever picked pumpkins when it was 91° outside?  I hadn’t either until last Sunday.  I’m here to tell you that heat just ruins the experience.

I visited Huber’s Orchard in Starlight, Indiana with some lady friends.  There were presents and cake and sangria – more on that later.  But hello global warming!  Why in the frak is it still HOT in Louisville in October?!

We knew it was supposed to be warm.  It was frickin hot.  Miserably hot.  I’ve never been to Huber’s in October and seen so many people wear shorts and tank tops.  I’ve never been to Huber’s in October and seen so many people sweat through their long sleeves because they apparently missed the weather report that morning.  They missed the mostly-wrong-most-of-the-time weatherman saying that we’d experience record heat.  Record heat indeed, my friends.  The previous record was 89° – we hit 91º.  Hoowah.

All heat and no rain.  That makes for a dusty tractor ride to the pumpkin patch.  We were covered.  The kahuna was covered.  My wipe cloth just wasn’t cutting it.  Boo.  I wore flip flops.  Bad judgment on my part – my feet were caked in dust like I’d be playing on a beach all day.  I wish I had been playing on a beach all day.  That sounds like a solid plan.  Most of the pumpkins looked good.  Some others…. not so much.

Back on pavement, it smelled like autumn.  But it sure as hell didn’t feel like it.  Mmm… pumpkin donuts… too bad I feel like I’m frying with them.  Yummy apple bread… with icing melting because the sun is blaring the heat of a thousand aim-n-flames.  Candy corn… dammit, it’s all stuck together… I blame Al Gore.  I didn’t get a pumpkin on Sunday.  Because I didn’t want to break a sweat carrying it to the car.  And because I had the kahuna in one hand and sangria in the other.  And with my luck, it’d be rotten from the heat.

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October 14, 2010 - 10:28 am

Victoria - This. Cracked. Me. UP!
Maybe… I don’t know about you, my friend, but just maybe that sangria didn’t help with the heat.
I know I for one I start getting warm when I drink any kind of alcohol.
And where the h-e-double hockey sticks do you go to pick pumpkins and they give you sangria. I need to know these things!

October 14, 2010 - 10:40 am

Amy - “the sun is blaring the heat of a thousand aim-n-flames” Awesomeness!
My pumpkin patch does not serve alcohol of any kind. I feel ripped off, now.
I have put off going to pick pumpkins until this weekend because it has been so gawd awful hot here as well. Sweating in the pumpkin patch is just wrong.
Love that crispy, creepy pumpkin picture, though.

October 14, 2010 - 11:05 am

Brooke - @Victoria & Amy- Huber’s Orchard a large family business in Starlight, IN. They have pickins of all sorts: pumpkins, apples, blueberries, blackberries, grow all their food for the family restaurant… it’s something wonderful. And they have a winery thus the sangria. Apple spice sangria to be exact. And V, that was the only thing keeping me cool – it was quite refreshing.

October 14, 2010 - 12:21 pm

elizabeth - You make me laugh.

October 14, 2010 - 2:53 pm

omawarisan - A pumpkin patch with a winery?!?

Why were you not writing this blog 10 years ago when I had someone to take pumpkin hunting every year?

October 14, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Brooke - @Elizabeth- You make me smile.
@O- Because 10 years ago I was the age your son is now and hayrides were more my thing… and they kept us far, far away from the winery.

October 14, 2010 - 3:08 pm

Dionne Baldwin - Aw man how odd that it’s so hot this late in the year! I wish you and I could average the temperatures and meet in the middle. Two mornings ago it was 38 degrees. Fahrenheit.

At least the day wasn’t a total loss. Sangria is very refreshing. :)

October 14, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Becki D. - hah! you’s a funny one, ms. boo! we hada pumpkin patch fail this weekend, too. but distance related, not weather. more on that later.

October 15, 2010 - 9:32 am

Melanie - I am missing Huber’s even if it is a million degrees. We haven’t been to get pumpkins or apples or anything fall like yet. I am hoping maybe we can go Monday whe we are both off.

October 15, 2010 - 10:59 am

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