Catherine Verdier lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. She blogs about kid-friendly living in Hampton Roads at Where the Watermelons Grow.
We've only been in the Hampton Roads area for a year, but that's long enough to know that visiting Bergey's Breadbasket at Halloween is a tradition that we'll keep. This little bakery and farm tucked away in Chesapeake features pretty much everything that's wonderful about fall in one place.
We went to Bergey's a few weeks ago to welcome the season with our playgroup and the kids had a blast. They ran through the pint-sized corn maze, made friends at the petting zoo (including with a brand new piglet), played in the outdoor toy areas and posed for photos (Bergey's has nicely set up some cute "sets"). After we'd explored just about every step of the place, the kids took to the fields to find the perfect pumpkins to bring home for our doorsteps.
Of course we also had to stop by the inside of Bergey's for some of their homemade delicacies before we called it a day. Pies, candies, cakes, big fat sandwiches, and pumpkin galore. Some of our group sampled the famous pumpkin ice cream (try it!). The rest of us went for the cupcakes and didn't regret it one bit.
Some of the pumpkin patches/fall festivals this time a year can be a little overwhelming. While Bergey's is definitely bustling, it's a little more low key, which I appreciate with toddlers in tow. If you're looking to start a fall family tradition of your own -- or just in the mood for something sweet -- definitely make the visit.
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