Hard to believe, Halloween is just around the corner! And if you are planning to go out pumpkin hunting this weekend, here are my top 5 pumpkin patch recommendations in the Bay Area:
Webb Ranch, located just off 280 in Portola Valley, is a newly-certified organic farm. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, the farm stand
offers locals fruits and vegetables from their own and nearby farms. On weekends in October, in addition to many kinds of pumpkins, Webb Ranch offers pony rides, a bounce house, a haunted house and pumpkin-weight guessing contest.
Half Moon Bay hosts an annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, usually the 3rd weekend in October. This 2-day event pays homage to all things pumpkin, including a contest for the largest (heaviest) pumpkin. Along highway 92, you will find several pumpkin patches, including Lemos Farms and Pastorino Farms, both catering to families with hay rides, pony rides and Halloween decorations (Pastorino has been there forever, I used to visit as a kid!). Just south of where 92 meets highway 1, Arata Pumpkin Farms offers a good option for families with older kids, featuring loads of pumpkins, pony and hay rides, a haunted barn and petting zoo.
Ardenwood Farms, a historic farm located in Fremont, is a wonderful visit any time of year. During October, it becomes that much more special, with many pumpkins and gourds to choose from, a hay maze and hay hill, as well as a Halloween train that runs on select evenings in October.
For the third year in a row, Marin Mommies has named the Peterson’s Farm Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma one of their favorites. Located on Gossage Avenue off of Petaluma Boulevard North, the farm offers all sorts of wonders, including Scottish Highland cattle, ducks, geese, sheep and even bees behind plexi-glass in the barn. The best part, the Marin Mommies gush, is the price! This is one pumpkin patch that offers reasonable prices on all varieties. And i you are looking for other activities this Halloween weekend, be sure to check out the Marin Mommies list of Weekend Events.
Clancy’s Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Patch, located on the corner of 7th Avenue & Lawton, near the UC Med Center, in San Francisco, is local favorite, serving the community since 1949. Offering pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and Indian corn, this patch is worth a visit!
What is your favorite pumpkin patch in the Bay Area?
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