Marin and Sonoma Pumpkin Patches 2012
October 20, 2012Posted by andrew |
Fall is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner and local pumpkin patches will soon be open! For those seeking that that true Halloween pumpkin patch experience, we present our annual roster of pumpkin patches in Marin and southern Sonoma counties. In Marin County, Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers that on-the-farm experience and old favorites like the St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch (Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School Pumpkin Patch) offer an exciting Halloween experience for families.
To seek out real live farms offering pumpkin patches this season, head up north a short distance to rural Sonoma County, where you'll find them in relative abundance.
We visited as many of these pumpkin patches as we could last year, and have posted links to our reviews of them below. We'll certainly make an effort to visit again this year, and we'll add our updated reviews when they're written.
We've included dates and hours for pumpkin patches when available. As a rule, most pumpkin patches are open throughout the month of October, although some open in September and some run through early November. Admission to pumpkin patches is free unless otherwise noted.
- Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
(Lafranchi Pumpkin Patch)
5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square)
Open daily October 1–31,10 am–6 pm
The Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers organic pumpkins, hay rides, farm animals, bounce house and slide, a farm stand, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company (Thursdays–Sundays) and BBQ and ice cream for sale on the weekends. Popular children's recording artist Tim Cain performs every Sunday (October 6, 13, 20, and 27) from 11 am to noon. Six-piece Western band Manzanita Moon performs Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) Day is Sunday October 21 from 10 am–6 pm, with kids' games and crafts; barn animals; local food, beer, and wine; educational exhibits; and more.
Read our review of Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch.
- Farm Girl Nursery
100 Pacheco Avenue (off Indian Valley Road)
Open Saturdays, 10 am–4 pm or by appointment
Farm Girl Nursery Facebook Page
Farm Girl Nursery in Novato's Indian Valley neighborhood will be home to Pumpkin Hill and plenty of giant pumpkins this fall. They're open every Saturday from 10 am–4 pm. Saturday, October 21, 10 am–2 pm, will be Pumpkin Hill Day—pick pumpkins, harvest veggies, have a picnic, and more! Read more about Farm Girl Nursery in our article here.
- Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School Pumpkin Patch (St. Vincent's)
St. Vincent's Field, at the Marinwood/St. Vincent's exit off Hwy 101
Open Wednesday–Sunday, October 6–28, 10 am–5 pm
This long-time favorite pumpkin patch at St. Vincent's near Marinwood offers a variety of pumpkins as well as attractions and activities like bounce houses, a hay pile, face painting, snack shack, and a picnic area. Groups welcome. Read our review of St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch.
- Ian's Pumpkin Patch at Bon Air Center
Bon Aire Shopping Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Shopping center pumpkin patch with bounce house and slide.
- Ian's Lazy Days Pumpkin Patch
690 Redwood Highway (at Marin Backyard play structures site)
A pumpkin patch with bounce houses and play structures. Off Highway 101.
- Kevin's Strawberry Villa Pumpkin Patch
100 Shoreline Highway
A pumpkin patch with bounce houses and inflatable space shuttle slide. Right off 101 near the Highway 1 exit.
- Adobe Pumpkin Farm
2478 East Washington St
Open daily September 29 through October 31, 10 am–6 pm
Adobe Pumpkin Farm features a 6-acre corn maze, pumpkin picking, farm animals, food, coffee, flowers, vegetables, farm animals, a Halloween barn with tons of Halloween decorations, a Christmas shop, and more. This year, the Pumpkin Fairy Godmother rises out of the pumpkin patch every weekend to tell stories, visit, and sprinkle fairy dust on your pumpkins! Other weekend events and attractions include the Spider Hollow haunted barn, live entertainment, hay rides, food vendors, and the Adobe Farmers Market. The Adobe Pumpkin Festival take place on October 13 and 14. You can hold your birthday party here, too. Read our review of Adobe Pumpkin Farm
- First Light Farm Organic Pumpkin Patch and Corn Jungle Maze
4588 Bodega Avenue
Open through October
Wednesday–Friday noon–6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am–6 pm
This new farm store and old-fashioned certified organic pumpkin patch is located just three miles from downtown Petaluma, on the site of the old Andersen Farm. Pick pumpkins; shop for organic produce, eggs, and local honey; take a farm tour; explore the corn maze; take a hay ride; and climb the hay pyramid. It's a real functioning farm, too.
- McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
6475 Bodega Avenue
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 am–6 pm
Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre pumpkin field. Pick your pumpkins straight from the vine. Pumpkins range from mini to giant in size. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. Find your way through our Hay Maze. Check out our Bounce House. Eat a delicious barbecue lunch. There's also a farm store selling products like free-range eggs, lavender, and European-style artisan butter. Read our 2012 review here.
- Muelrath Ranches Pumpkin Patch
3800 Walker Avenue
Open daily September 29–October 31
Monday–Thursday 3–6 pm
Friday 3–9 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Muelrath Ranches offer 21 varieties of pesticide-free, sustainably grown pumpkins, as well as gourds, winter squash, sunflowers, ornamental corn, and more. Activities include free hayrides, pumpkin slingshot, hay tunnel, and toddler corn maze. Experience "Friday Nights in the Pumpkin Patch" every Friday from 5–9 pm through the month of October. Enjoy a campfire in the corral and roast a hot dog and marshmallows, have some hot cider and cookies, and take a night time hay ride. Friday night admission $10; space is limited so call ahead for reservations.
- Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
550 Stony Point Rd
September 28–November 1
Sunday–Thursday, 10 am–6 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10 am–10 pm
This is the one you see off of 101 on your way out of Petaluma. Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre "a-maze-ing" corn maze (admission $5, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, school tours. Special events include a firemen's day and raffle, 4H bake sales and animal demonstrations, and more. Read about our visit to Petaluma Pumpkin Patch.
- Peter Pumpkin Patch
Spring Hill Jersey Farm
4235 Spring Hill Rd (off Bodega Ave)
Open daily September 28–October 31, 9 am–dusk
Another one of our all-time favorite pumpkin patches. Pick your own pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also ofers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Free parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Don't miss the homemade pumpkin ice cream! Read our review of the 2012 Peter Pumpkin Patch.
- Peterson's Farm
636 Gossage Ave (off Petaluma Blvd N)
Open daily in October, 10 am–6 pm
Voted Best Local Farm in 2006 by Petaluma Magazine. Peterson's offers several varieties of pumpkins as well as tomatoes, honey, and free range eggs. There are farm animals to visit and a picnic area. School and group tours available by appointment. All farm products are pesticide and herbicide free. This is one of our favorite pumpkin patches! Read about our visit to Peterson's Farm.
- Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway)
Open daily starting September 27, Sunday–Thursday 9 am–7 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am–9 pm
The Patch offers 8 acres of pumpkins, a 5-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a huge jumpy pillow, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, children's entertainers, hay rides, yummy treats and food, and more. Cash only.
- Tolay Fall Festival
Tolay Lake Regional Park
Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane
October 11–14 and 17–21
9 am–3 pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
11 am–5 pm Saturday and Sunday
The 7th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway, which was famous for its pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Festival admission is $4 for ages 13 and up, $1 for children 12 and under; parking is $7 per car or free with a Sonoma County Regional Parks Parks membership. School field trips may be scheduled.
Read our review of the Tolay Fall Festival