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There's an all-you-can-carry pumpkin patch at the Santa Monica farmers market

There's an all-you-can-carry pumpkin patch at the Santa Monica farmers market
A customer tries to carry four pumpkins at once at the Santa Monica farmers market All-You-Can-Carry Pumpkin Patch in 1998. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It's a pretty glorious time to wander through your neighborhood farmers market, what with the seasons changing and the holidays approaching. Specifically: pumpkins. And this week, the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market will be having their All-You-Can-Carry Pumpkin Patch.

If you're among the uninitiated, this is their annual Halloween-related event in which, for $5, you make your way into an enormous patch of California-grown pumpkins, pick up as many as you can manage, and walk out, happily encumbered, down a 25-foot runway. Kind of like those games you played in high school or summer camp, only for jack-o'-lanterns or, if you're super organized, your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. (How you get them all home is your problem. Uber? Why not.)

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Costumes, by the way, are not only tolerated but encouraged. The pumpkin event opens (along with the market itself) at 8:30 a.m. and goes until the pumpkins are all taken.

We're also updating our farmers market list, our interactive catalog of the Los Angeles area markets. Even if you're not into pumpkins, check out the list for a farmers market near you.

Because taking pictures of food is almost as much fun as eating it, on Instagram @latimesfood.

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