It’s pumpkin patch season!
A couple weeks ago, we found a cute, family pumpkin farm in west county Sonoma. Down a dirt country road, shaded by redwoods, owned by an apple farmer, and gloriously empty of the usual crowds at most bay area patches. It was perfect for allowing the boys to stomp around the farm freely, explore, investigate, get dirty, and pick out their perfect-for-them pumpkins at their own pace. We talked a lot about all the colors of the pumpkins, their shapes (‘find me a tall one!’) and the smell of the pumpkin patch. We were able to practice some measuring while seeing how much money each size cost. And of course Bo and Zane practiced some gross motor skills while trying to heave, roll, and toss some giant pumpkins around. We explored some smooshed pumpkins and some half-eaten pumpkins. Bodhi is super excited about putting them out by our door and making our jack-o-lanterns but I also realized that he didn’t really understand that pumpkins were also food. I really want to help my sons understand where their food comes from and teach them to cook and eat mindfully. So, the hunt began for a simple, delicious recipe that involved cooking up a pumpkin. We ended up making some pumpkin soup, and I, of course, had to pair it with a book.
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (aff link) is about three friends – Cat, Squirrel, and Duck – who make the best pumpkin soup around. Each has their own specific role, and it runs smoothly when everyone sticks to the routine. However, one day Duck decides he wants to change up the roles, and quite the squabble ensues. Eventually, the friends learn that it’s okay to take turns and change the routine. It might get a bit more messy, but everyone has fun and the soup tastes just as good.
We read Pumpkin Soup and then got started with our own recipe. Bodhi helped scoop out the pith and seeds, and I’m not sure he could’ve been more disgusted. Then we roasted the pumpkins, smashed them up and threw them in a pot with the rest of the ingredients. We slowly stirred it all up, making sure to take turns with the spoon – just like Duck, Cat and Squirrel. We blended it and threw on some pumpkin seeds, and voila! – delicious pumpkin soup served with a little lesson of mindfulness, friendship and sharing slipped in.
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (affiliate link)