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Happy Halloween from The Mint!

As all hallows eve approaches, we are glad to inform you that we will be in attendance at the AFP annual conference in Washington, DC along with Dr. Ben Bernanke, Thomas Friedman, and 6,500 other Financial ghouls and goblins over the early part of next week.  If any of our readers will be there, feel free to drop us a line, we would love to connect with you, it will be a welcome respite from the deluge of mainstream economic/finance/banking information that has already started to bombard us in the mail!

We leave you today with what may just be the world’s first “Bit o Latern”:

The World's First Bit o Lantern?
The World's First Bit o Lantern?

The World’s First  Bit o Lantern?

We wish you all a safe and fun Halloween here at The Mint!


All Aboard the Cow Train at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

The Harvest Season is in full swing at The Pumpkin Patch.  The time of year when this Sauvie Island mainstay draws swarms of city-dwellers to its gourd-filled fields and welcomes them with a combination of activities and hospitality which have made it a great Northwest pumpkin patch experience for a generation.

The pumpkin patch, apart from serving as a warm up for the all important Christmas tree selection season, is a wonderful family tradition in its own right.  It involves, in no particular order, eating, hayrides, climbing hay pyramids, tromping through corn mazes, petting farm animals, and of course, locating the perfect pumpkin to display on one’s front porch.

The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
A Beautiful Autumn Day at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

On Sauvie Island’s Pumpkin Patch Farm, located at 16511 NW Gillihan Road, the regular festival fare is supplemented by their outstanding produce market and, what just may be the highlight of the pumpkin patch season, the Cow Train.

What exactly is the Cow Train?  In literal terms it is a small tractor pulling about a dozen modified barrels with names like Bessie and Chloe over a course through pumpkin and corn fields at moderate speeds to give the rider the perfect balance of velocity and agitation.

Who thought cows and tractors could be so much fun?

If it is not in your autumn plans already, we encourage you to participate in this Great Northwest tradition at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island or any of the other great family farms in the area which open their fields annually to give the city dwellers a taste of fun on the farm.

Your pumpkin is waiting!