Picking the perfect pumpkin is one of the most important decisions you make in October. Here are some places you can go gaga for gourds in the San Diego area.
Bates Nut Farm
15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center
Sept. 24 – Oct. 31
Each weekend at the Bates Nut Farm features special events like the Scarecrow Contest and the Costume Contest and Parade, in addition to food trucks and live music. Free Admission.
Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm
1509 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook
Sept. 27 – Oct. 31
For the true pumpkin enthusiast, Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm grows over 35 types of pumpkins ranging from miniature varieties to ones weighing in at over 300 pounds. Free Admission.
(Multiple dates and locations)
Bonita Pumpkin Farm: 5437 Bonita Road
Chula Vista: 900 Otay Lakes Rd.
Del Mar: 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
El Cajon: 415 Parkway Plaza, Westfield Parkway parking lot Mission Valley: 1640 1/2 Camino Del Rio, Westfield Mission Valley parking lot
National City: 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., Westfield Plaza Bonita parking lot
Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm: 13421 Highland Valley Road
Sept. 26 –Nov. 2
With seven locations throughout the county, Pumpkin Station offers giant slides, games and other kiddie rides in addition to pumpkins. The Bonita and Rancho Bernardo locations even have an 8-foot-tall corn maze. Visit their website for a free Train Ride coupon.
39925 Calle Contento, Temecula
Sept. 28 – Oct. 31
The complete farm experience features pig races, a corn maze and a petting farm alongside homegrown pumpkins and squash. Free admission.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside
Sept. 23 – Nov. 1 Tuesdays – Saturdays
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch gives each child a Jack Patch Pumpkin and admission to all activities, like the hay ride and the Hay Bale Maze. $8 per child, one adult free per paid child, $4 each additional adult.
Mountain Valley Ranch
842 Highway 78, Ramona
Sept. 27 – Oct. 31
Mountain Valley Ranch also grows maize and popping corn and offers visitors a walk through the corn maze.
2570 Sunset Ave., South Bay
Saturdays in October beginning Oct. 4
Suzie’s Farm will host a Pumpkin U-Pick every Saturday in October, culminating in a Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 18 that will feature live music and activities. Free admission.
Julian Mining Company
4444 State Hwy 78, Wynola/Julian
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October
The fall-themed Harvest Tour Package deal includes a hayride, cider press and petting zoo in addition to the pumpkin patch. $9 adult/$7 child Harvest Tour Package Deal.
Farm Stand West
Farm Stand West, 2115 Miller Ave., Escondido
Fran's Original Farm Stand, 1980 Summit Dr., Escondido
Sept. 30 – Oct. 31 closed Mondays
Two locations featuring a U-Pick patch, as well as a Fall Harvest Festival and Boutique on Oct. 25 and 26 that will host local artists and bakers
Summers Past Farms
15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon
Oct. 1 – 31
The pumpkin patch at Summers Past Farms is open all week long with refreshments on the weekends. Enjoy!