PUMPKIN patch owners have been recognising familiar faces as residents have returned to pick this year’s giant veg ahead of Halloween.

Cobbs Farm, in Goldhanger, has been popular this week after opening on Friday, October 21, with customers searching for their perfect pumpkin.

Youngsters have been enjoying the outdoors at the farm, with some dressed in Halloween-themed outfits.

Husband and wife owners John and Rebecca Bunting have been happy to see old customers returning to the patch.

Rebecca said: “John and I have been thrilled to see so many happy families and couples coming out whatever the weather to enjoy the fun of the farm.

“John has brought out his vintage tractor which is called the Super Dexta for the children to play on and take some happy memory photos.

“We have seen lots of customers old and new. It’s really charming to see babies who were bumps last year and all the little children growing up year on year, making a visit to Cobbs Farm an annual event.

“Our customers have commented that they were pleased they hadn’t had to book and could come as they please.

“Many of them are planning another visit this week to stock up the larder with our delicious varieties of squashes, or to meet up with friends.

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“We are giving out a helpful recipe card with the Wildest Rumpus pumpkin cake and a roasted squash soup recipe so our visitors can enjoy a cooking session when they get home as well as making some wonderful creations for Halloween.

“Hot chocolate has been a real favourite in the cafe this week, with marshmallows and cream, of course.

“Customers have been enjoying sweet treats such as Icelandic gingerbread biscuits and pumpkin cake.

“Heybridge-based professional photographer Hannah Phipps is running her mini pumpkin patch photo sessions this Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday which can be booked via her website or Instagram, which are £45 each.”

Entry to the farm is free and pumpkins cost from £1 to £12.