Sonoma County in California is just a short drive from the famous Golden Gate Bridge and is known as a popular wine country. During the fall season, the weather is crisp and the afternoons are warm, creating a perfect temperature to gather the family and hit the local pumpkin patches for fun fall activities. Several farms offer that autumn harvest vibe, from pumpkin picking and gourd collections for the kids to wine tastings for the adults. The fall season offers open pumpkin patches in some hours of September, but most are open through the end of October. Below is a list of the best pumpkin patches in Sonoma County, from the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch to Peterson's Farm.
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Tolay Lake Park Fall Festival
Families who made it a tradition to pick a pumpkin from the Cardoza Ranch over the past three decades are in luck. While it's true that the Cardoza family sold their 1,737-acre Petaluma ranch to the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the county didn't want this old tradition to die out. Now, the Tolay Lake Park Fall Festival is sponsored on the same site, full of pumpkins, hay rides, activities, and many additional memories.
- Families can read about the sale of the Cardoza Ranch and the creation of the Tolay Festival in the Press Democrat.
- Pumpkin pickers can also watch a 1-minute video of the Tolay Festival on SonomaUncorked.com.
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Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Jersey Cheese Co.
The Peter Pumpkin Patch is located in the Two Rock Valley where the hills are rolling and the views are expansive. As soon as families drive out there, they'll notice their blood pressure drop.
The pumpkin patch offers plenty for the kids: they can dig for potatoes, pet farm animals, and milk a cow. There's homemade pumpkin ice cream, hay rides, a hay maze, and there has been a corn maze since 2006. Grown-ups like this patch because this is where the Spring Hill Jersey Cheese is made, and they offer delicious samples.
- Families can read about the Peter Pumpkin Patch in the Press Democrat and watch a video of the Peter Pumpkin Patch on SonomaUncorked.com.
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Families stuck in traffic on Highway 101 (by the Penngrove exit in Petaluma) already know about this pumpkin patch. This is the pumpkin patch that everyone slows down to see due to the big and amazing corn maze.
Many visitors have noticed plenty of exasperated adults push down corn stalks to make their own exit out of this tough maze. Before entering, it is recommended to buy the aerial picture postcard of the maze as a guide. Even with the guide, individuals may still get lost. For an even tougher challenge, adventurers can try the maze in the dark on weekend nights.
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The Adobe Pumpkin Farm is another big patch with "the works." This farm has plenty of hay rides, horse rides, a corn maze, pick-your-own veggies, and more. The big difference with this spot is that it's the only one visited by the so-called Pumpkin Fairy Godmother®.
On weekends, it is rumored that she roams about the patch, talking with kids, and blessing their pumpkins with fairy dust. The corn maze here is a huge 6-acres. For comparison, families can compare the Amazing Corn Maze in Petaluma, which is 4-acres. Regardless, this maze isn't nearly as difficult as the Petaluma one.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Grandma's Pumpkin Patch
As the name implies, Grandma's is a low-key, friendly, and intimate kind of place. Kids can choose pumpkins, view the holiday crafts, make a macaroni necklace, climb the hay structure, run through the cornfield, and see the animals which include a miniature cow, rams, pigs, and more.
Families can bring a picnic and eat at the outdoor tables. Visitors can also check out the selection of exotic pumpkins. This is a great place to bring kids because the whole pumpkin patch is fenced in. Families can sit back, relax, and let the kids run free.
It is recommended for families to call for group info and reservations. Grandma's is located at 17740 Healdsburg Ave near the intersection of Lytton Springs Rd, just off of Highway 101 in Healdsburg.
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The folks at Peterson's Farm are very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing tidbits of fun information, particularly about bees. Because of this, families can expect to come for the pumpkins and also leave with a jar of honey.
The farm also sells eggs and products from the garden as available per season. Seasonal fruits include apples, pears, peaches, and more. All of the farm's products are pesticide and herbicide free. Farm animals to keep an eye out for are two ponies, cows, calves, chickens, rabbits, and even goose. The farm's motto is, "Bee Friendly!"