On Sunday we went to the Jucker Farm where harvesting-type events are held year-round, but we went for the pumpkins, or kürbis. The farm is situated on a picturesque lake not to far from our town. We caught a ride from two our our new friends here, and met up with a second couple and their daughter at the farm. It was packed with families. The weather was very lovely, though a bit hazy, so I didn’t have an opportunity to take any pictures of the nearby mountains.
I’ve never seen so many and so varied a collection of pumpkins and gourds in all my life. There were pumpkins piled up on the ground, in barns, in crates, and even done up as sculptures. I think there were at least a half a dozen life-size rustic sculptures decorated with gourds and squashes. Here are a few:
There were tons of options for food, too. It was helpful that each eating area was spread out and there was different foods at each station. Heath got a pumpkin sausage, one of our friends got a pumpkin risotto, another had the pumpkin soup, and I had some super yummy pumpkin ravioli with a light pumpkin sauce and topped with a pumpkin seed pesto:
It definitely wasn’t cheap crappy food that you sometimes see at festivals. My friend Stacy got an unbelievable apricot cake for dessert, and I took home a blackberry coulis (at least, that’s what I would call it – I’m not sure of the German name for it).
I got a bunch of pictures of the produce and farms, and of Eddie and his new friend Lydia:
We had a blast. The only minor drawback was that we had a long but pretty walk from the car to the farm, so we only bought a few patty pan squashes and some cider and dried sausage. We stopped at a road-side stand in Effretikon to get our big Halloween pumpkin for carving.