The traditional trip to the Pumpkin Patch is in full swing! They are great for autumn photographs of the kids and family, perfect for a short family outing, and a sweet way to start celebrating the holiday season.
Local favorite Webb Ranch, grows organic pumpkins on-site in Portola Valley, just off 280. Open seven days a week, activities are only on the weekends, but they include hay and train rides, a corn maze, and petting and reptile zoos.  Free entrance; activities require tickets purchased before arrival (see website). Organic produce for sale.
For a pumpkin patch closer to the ocean, try Farmer John’s, a working farm in Half Moon Bay. With a large variety of home-grown pumpkins, there are many photo op spots and even more opportunities for family memories to be made. And it’s dog friendly!
pumpkin patchAlso on the coast, one of our favorite is Arata’s Pumpkin Farm, in Half Moon Bay, offers numerous activities, including a pumpkin river, cornfield, playground, haunted barn, hayrides, picnic area, train ride, and a petting zoo. The highlight: the world-renowned, and highly challenging, two-acre Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze.
Queen’s Pumpkin Patch in Saratoga is an old fashion, urban farm, fall treat. Main activities include a giant pumpkin slingshot (!!), cow train, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, and fall foodie favorites. Get out your cameras!
ABC Tree Farms is a pumpkin patch retail firm with multiple locations in the Bay Area. It’s offering reservation for groups of 10 and activities &  holiday photo-op spots are available.
Petaluma – Pumpkin Patch and the Amazing Corn Maze
Close to Highway 101, it is great fun to wander through the corn maze before picking your fresh pumpkin in the adjacent patch as well as taking your little ones through a poney pumpkin patch 2020ride, or to the corn pit! The maze will take between 35 and 45mn. Can you beat our record? (28mn).
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In San Francisco, for this who do’t have time to drive out of the city, the classic Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch  is a third-generation, San Francisco company, first opening for business in December 1949 with the goal of bringing San Franciscans the finest and freshest pumpkins & trees available.
Also in the city, you’ll find a quaint pumpkin patch at Bay Natives’ local plant nursery. Located at the end of Cesar Chavez at India Basin, stop by for a quick autumn experience and to say bonjour to their goats and chickens!
While not technically a pumpkin patch, Los Altos High School student athletes (address: 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA) are hosting a pumpkin sale to benefit their programs. Located in the student parking lot, they’re open from 2-6 M-F and 10-6 weekends, until October 30, 2022. It’s a chance to purchase a pumpkin and support the students at the same time.
Happy pumpkin picking to everyone!
Merci Lynn Auslander

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