What exactly does a Punkin’ Chunkin’ contraption look like?
Well, for people who have never seen one in action, Parson’s Farm and Produce on Armory Road is inviting everyone out to its first annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children can be a “farmer for a day,” and will be able to pick their own potatoes and apples. There will be several more animals than normal that children will be able to pet, and there will be caramel and candied apples by Chef Maria – who hosted a children’s cooking program at Parson’s this summer in which she showed children how to pick their own produce and then how to prepare it.
“There’ll be hayrides out to pick the pumpkins the field,” said Paul Parsons, adding that there will also be a chance to “stuff your own scarecrow,” and, of course, both children and adults will be able to see how the Punkin’ Chunkin’ machines work as they chunk the punks into the woods. There will also be face-painting and pumpkin-painting for the kids, and free barbecue sandwiches.
“It’s more like a customer-appreciation,” explained Parsons. “We are just going to try to have a good time.”
The farm also has seasonal produce for sale, and mums starting at $1.99. They have apples and pears, pumpkins, gourds, sweet potatoes and, of course, apple cider.
Parsons Farm Produce is located on Route 20. Follow Route 26 west to Route 20 and turn left. The farm is located a mile down the road, on the left. For more information, call (302) 542-0663.