A Day Out at Punky's Adobe Farm in Petaluma
Traditionally, Adobe Pumpkin Farm in Petaluma was the first pumpkin patch of the season that we visited. This year, while planning our Halloween content, we learned that Adobe Pumpkin Farm had closed! We were happy to see, however, that a new fall attraction called Punky's Adobe Farm was taking over the space. Located at the intersection of Adobe Road and East Washington Street in East Petaluma, Punky's has many of the same features as Adobe Pumpkin Farm—fans of Adobe will recognize a lot of old favorites— and in some ways is even better!
Punky's is a project of the Gutzman family, who have run the long-time favorite Punky's Pumpkin Patch at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa. Everything offered here is either grown on-site or at the Gutzmans' farm in Sonoma County. All the pumpkins and squash offered at Punky's are organically grown. We were impressed at the enourmous size of many of the pumpkins!
Located just minutes from the suburban sprawl of east Petaluma, Punky's Adobe Farm is a real farm experience where you can pick your own pumpkin from a large field or choose from already-picked varieties in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes. Plenty of wheelbarrows are available for hauling your pumpkins back to the barn and eventually to your car. You can also buy squash and gourds of all different kinds at the Organic Squash Barn.
Like its predecessor, Punky's is absolutely huge, so there’s plenty of room for children to run and jump and tear around. There are lots of activities to do, too, including farm animals to visit, pony rides, the obligatory jumpy house, tractor-drawn hay rides, a hay maze and pyramid, and two different corn mazes: a large "Tribute to Our Troops" maze and a smaller, easier "Cowboy" maze for kids (the intricate designs are visible from the air). My husband and son tried out the larger maze and got pretty lost (they did find their way out, eventually). All these attractions are available daily.
On weekends, you'll find additional fun, including the Haunted Barn, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloons, and more. There's also a 3,000-square-foot tented picnic area, so you can bring or buy lunch and hang out all day.
If you're thirsty or hungry, you'll find the Coffee Barn selling hot and cold drinks and snacks daily, and on weekends a variety of food vendors will be on hand selling BBQ, Chicago style hot dogs, Mexican food, cotton candy, and kettle corn.
If You Go
Pumky's Adobe Farm is located at 2478 East Washington Street in Petaluma. It's open every day from 9 am to dusk, weather permitting, through October 31. Amenities include a picnic area and portable toilets with hand-washing stations. There’s plenty of free parking, too.
Get there by taking 101 north to the Washington Street exit in Petaluma, then turn right onto East Washington and follow it until you reach Punky's Adobe Farm, which is just past the Petaluma Airport.
Punky's Adobe Farm can also host your school field trips and group visits. For more information and a schedule of events visit www.punkysadobefarm.com or call (707) 579-8474.
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