Okay, another crazy country story to go with this one. In my relentless search for new stock, I found a new pumpkin patch.
I found this patch about 5 miles down the road from the Mighty Corn Castle. Both the Castle and this Pumpkin Patch were in McHenry County, a place I will probably not want to visit again. Here's why...
My Husband and I were tooling along the main highway looking for pretty country things to photograph, as we live in the city and never see lots of grass and trees. We were having fun being out there, when I spied a 4 foot tall orange sign on the side of the road that was cut into the shape of a pumpkin, which boasted of a pumpkin farm with a 300 lb pumpkin. Thinking that we might find a quaint photo opportunity we traveled down the side road, past acres of corn fields, towards the famous pumpkin farm.
Being all city-fied as we are we never expected what we found.
It was like the perfect Hitchcock, X Files or Steven King setting for a Halloween Farm thriller. A dingy, run-down farmhouse with junk strewn allover the lawn, and an old rickety barn that was overstuffed with hay, and falling apart. Lots of broken down cars and trucks everywhere, garbage, old furniture and bathtubs on the front lawn, and 3 tiny little wire cages that barely contained 3 baby cows who looked so terrified I wanted to go free them immediately. I suppose they are meant to become veal. There was this creepy looking pumpkin patch next to this ramshackle, but there wansn't any driveway or parking lot, and of course, no signs of human life around. Just sad little calf eyes peering out at us from behind the bent up, old wire cages. Needless to say, I shot this pic from my car window as we passed by, there was no way we were going to get out of the car and fall victim to some one-eyed, hunchback, chainsaw-toting hick. We were impressed by the size of the pumpkins, though. My husband suggested that they grew so large because of the rich fertilizer that human body parts probably provided.
This pumpkin farm was in the same neigborhood as the Corn Castle, so I would venture to guess that there's something wrong with the water in McHenry County, Il.