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Where to Pick a Perfect Pumpkin in San Diego

A list of some popular pumpkin patches in San Diego



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    The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is a favorite fall spot among San Diegans.

    With October in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about picking that perfect pumpkin. Mostly open through Halloween, there are plenty of patches in San Diego where families can feel festive this fall in the all-important search for their very own gourd.

    Bates Nut Farm
    15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center; (760) 749-3333
    For more than 50 years, locals have considered a visit to this North County farm a fall tradition, including its famed Pumpkin Patch. Grab a wheelbarrow and take your pick: from Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella and Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins to minis, squash and other gourds. On the weekends, the patch features live entertainment from noon to 3 p.m., plus BBQ, food trucks and other fun, family-friendly activities, including pony and tractor rides – definitely enough to do to make a full day of it. Parking is $5 on the weekends in October.

    Farm Stand West Pumpkin Patch
    2115 Miller Ave. & 1980 Summit Dr., Escondido; (760) 738-9014
    Throughout October, The Farm Stand West and Fran’s Original Farm Stand in Escondido will host its Pick-It-Yourself Pumpkin Patch, with lots of gorgeous gourds from which to choose at both locations.

    Pumpkin Stations by Pinery Farms

    Various locations; (858) 566-7466
    This particular Pumpkin Station will set up shop at six different locations throughout San Diego County through Oct. 31, including: Del Mar; Rancho Bernardo; Mission Valley; El Cajon; National City; and Bonita. Besides pumpkin picking, each site offers rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos and game zones for kids. Party packages and school tours are also available at these sites.

    Lavender Hill Pumpkins
    1509 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook; (760) 715-8495
    This season, the crop at this family-owned and operated farm in Fallbrook boasts about 10,000 pumpkins in three dozen varieties – from mini ones to the whopping, 300-pound North Atlantic Giant. The pumpkins here are organically grown and watered using a well on the farm.

    Peltzer Farms
    39925 Calle Contento, Temecula; (951) 695-1115
    This authentic pumpkin farm in Temecula is open daily all month and boasts all kinds of fun attractions, including a railroad ride on a 12-passenger train through the pumpkin patch, a corn maze and pig races.

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    Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
    14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside; (619) 390-2929
    For a $10 admission fee, child visitors to this East County pumpkin patch receive a Jack Patch Pumpkin and access to all attractions and games, including a playground, petting corral, hay bale maze and covered hay rides around the farm. Adult admission (age 13 and up) is $5 and doesn’t include the pumpkin.

    Mountain Valley Ranch
    842 Highway 78, Ramona; (760) 788-8703
    Meander through fields of colorful pumpkins and pick out your perfect match. New this year, Mountain Valley Ranch is offering hay rides. Also noteworthy: the gigantic corn maze and opportunity to purchase Indian corn and popping corn grown fresh on the farm.

    Suzie’s Farm
    2570 Sunset Ave., South Bay; (619) 662-1780
    (Oct. 17)
    This 120-acre farm will host Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 17, an entire day dedicated to pumpkin picking on an organic, two-acre patch. This event – held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – is free and open to the public. Pumpkins are priced by size, ranging from $3 to $50.

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    Julian Mining Company
    4444 State Hwy 78, Wynola/Julian; (951) 313-0166
    Get your gourds at this Julian patch for about .50-cents per pound. While you’re there, you might enjoy picking your own apples as well, or panning for gold – a popular activity in the town of Julian.

    Summers Past Farms
    15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon; (619) 390-1523
    Take a stroll through the pumpkin patch this month and pick your winner. Weekends are especially lively here, with a jump house, popcorn, corndogs and other snacks in the country setting.

    Cannon Stand Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch
    1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad; (760) 603-9608
    The Cannon Stand in Carlsbad is known for its juicy strawberries but this month, it’s all about the pumpkins. A patch and corn maze is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering gourds for days.

    Stehly Farms Organics
    12630 Santa Catalina Rd., Valley Center; (760) 742-1186
    For one day only -- Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this farm in Valley Center will host a family-friendly pumpkin picking day, complete with tractor rides. Admission is $6 per person, while kids ages 4 and under are free. Everyone gets a pumpkin with paid admission.