Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Farm in Petaluma
One of our favorite local pumpkin patches is Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Farm, located in the Two Rock Valley area just outside Petaluma. Peter Pumpkin Patch is a classic old-time pumpkin patch that's kind of out in the middle of nowhere (which is part of the fun). It's on a real working farm that produces the yummy organic Spring Hill Jersey cheese that you may have seen in farmers' markets or stores around town.
We've been going there for over 10 years, and we've watched it grow in size and scope. Peter Pumpkin Patch has plenty of pumpkins—you'll find a vast field of on-the-vine pick-it-yourself pumpkins with several varieties to choose from. Due to the uncertainties around COVID-19, this year's pumpkin patch is a little more low key than usual, but it's still one of the best ones out there. You can't beat the on-the-farm ambience!
Wheelbarrows are available for you to haul pumpkins and potatoes back to the cash register. Everything here is organically and sustainably grown, too.
They also sell cold drinks, organic cheese, BBQ and baked goods (on weekends), and — best of all — homemade ice cream. Their ice cream is made from the same Jersey cow milk that goes into their cheese. The brown Jersey cows are smaller and produce less milk than your standard black-and-white Holsteins, but their milk is higher in fat content so their dairy products are richer and tastier. Ice cream flavors are vanilla, chocolate, and of course pumpkin — our favorite!
One of the reasons we love Peter Pumpkin Patch so much is that it's located at a real farm, and it's devoid of extra attractions like the jumpy houses and inflatables that you see at a lot of other pumpkin patches.
Activities and attractions here include farm animals for children to visit; a cow-milking demonstration, Old West-style play buildings, calves to visit, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and more. All the activities are free. The plan on having a hay maze and corn maze, too, although neither were operating when we visited.
On weekends the pumpkin patch fun will be in full swing with live music, food, and more, depending on the day. While you're there, you'll certainly notice Spring Hill Farm's iconic white farmhouse. Interestingly, it was ordered by the original owners from the Sears-Roebuck catalogue in 1877, and was delivered via train in kit form.
If You Go
The Peter Pumpkin Patch has grown in size and popularity over the years. It's a lot of fun, and it's well managed and well thought out, too. You'll find plenty of free parking, and clean port-a-potties with hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, a friendly helpful staff, and a large selection of pumpkins. Peter Pumpkin Patch is open daily through the month of October from 9 am to 5 pm weekends and 9 am to 4 pm during the week. Pumpkins at Peter Pumpkin Patch cost $5 and up, depending on the size.
In keeping with Sonoma County health regulations, masks or other face coverings must be worn and social distancing is enforced. Needless to say, don't come if anyone in your family is feeling sick.
To get there, take Highway 101 north to Petaluma. Take the Washington Street exit and head west over the freeway. Follow Washington until it becomes Bodega Avenue, then follow Bodega Avenue to the Two Rock area. Turn left onto Spring Hill Road and follow it until you come to Spring Hill Farm and the Peter Pumpkin Patch, which will be on your right. It's hard to miss—just look for all the pumpkins!
For more information, visit them online at www.springhillcheese.com or call (707) 775-1183.
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