Its October and pumpkin picking has been officially added to my fall Traditions. Stocking up our house with unnecessary amount of large and mini pumpkins, carving out scary faces and sipping on pumpkin flavored drinks couldn’t be missed even if I wanted to 🎃 . Truth be told, I’m low-key obsessed with the pumpkin season. Warm orange gourds and hay rides just an hour drive away from home -What’s not to like?
So today I’m lining up some of the best pumpkin patches I have been to this year in the Bay Area. Yes with masks on.
When to visit
Pumpkin season varies a bit each year depending on weather and the growth of pumpkins. But, most farms tend to open up around the first day of fall / the fall solstice and usually end after Halloween. Make sure to check their websites each year to confirm the opening dates.
Best day to visit a pumpkin patch would be during the Weekdays; You get most of the farm to yourself for great photo opportunities. If you are visiting on a weekend, leave your house early to do an AM visit to avoid crowds!
Now let me jump to my favorite farms!
Address: 850 Cabrillo Highway N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Price: No entry fee, pumpkins price differs on the size.
Amenities: pumpkins, wagons, tipi, hay pyramid
Located just off of Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm is one of the best in the area. Wide variety of pumpkins set in wavy formations against a relaxing country setting calls for a day of fun.
I had just seen the classic orange pumpkins before but this farm has pumpkins of all colors: Black, white, deep red, pastel green, dark green, yellow and blush. It a great place to enjoy the outdoors + smells of a working farm, and pleasure of pumpkins.
Address: 329 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Price: $15 per person for sunflowers entry and 5 flowers
Amenities: Pumpkins, U-Pick sunflowers
This family owned barn is right next door to Framer John’s on Cabrillo Highway and is one of the best spots for winter produce + pumpkins. Okay, now to the real reason we visited this barn : U-pick Sunflowers. Blooming in the second half of September, these sunflowers grow easily 7-9 feet tall and you can wander in these fields to pick your own flowers!
Note: I suggest you bring your own cutting tools; its safe + avoid a lot of wait hassle.
They have a whole separate historical produce & pumpkin barn over at 329 Kelly Ave!! You can drive up to this place after the sunflower fields for some pumpkins but also tons of locally grown produce.
Address: 678-698 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Amenities: Pumpkins, petting zoo, taco truck
We found this patch on our drive to Half Moon Bay and were so glad we stopped by. This giant open field with tons of pumpkins still on vine + the mountains in the background provided lots of photo opportunities. They had a great selection of orange and white pumpkins to pick from and prices were cheaper compared to the other farms.
Address: 2718 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Amenities: Pumpkins, petting zoo, corn maze, hay ride, train ride
Located in the Portola Valley, this pumpkin patch is the closest to San Jose and Palo Alto areas. (Half hour drive away). As soon as you enter, you are greeted with a diverse collection of pumpkins; every color and size you would have imagined. And the best part is, they are color coded and organized so beautifully into section making your pumpkin picking experience that much easier.
The patch leads to an activity area where you can spend some family time; there are activities for all age group. They have a reptile and a petting zoo, train rides, a corn maze and other events that are very family-friendly if you are looking for a whole day thing for your little ones. It is such a perfect place to kick off the fall holidays with a bang.
Note: An Activity pass is required to enter the activity area which is $20 and need to be reserved in advance.
What to wear
The first three farms are located in Half Moon Bay and since it’s on the coast, it’s always a little chilly BUT, during the days of September and October the weather brings lots of sunshine. This means it’ll most likely be in the 70s or even hotter during your pumpkin patch visit.
But Portola Valley will be hot during these months and almost sweaty. So I suggest wearing light floral dresses or skirts with Halloween themed prints. Also, as you all know I love to match my outfits with the location or props , it’s no doubt that I did that here too; which is a great option for you! Wearing orange to a pumpkin patch reflects the warm pumpkin vibes for a photo and make them look even warmer. But I do recommend getting a jacket along ( just in case)! For shoes, wear comfy boots/booties or sports shoes coz its always muddy in these farms.
Interested in some photo inspirations? Or want to know how to pose at a Pumpkin patch for some cute photos? Check out this VIDEO for more!.
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