Tucked away in the rolling hills of Petaluma lies my favorite dairy farm turned pumpkin patch. KB and I have turned picking out a pumpkin (or three) into an annual tradition! Trips to the pumpkin patch don’t have to be for kids only – pack a picnic and a bottle of wine for adults only fall fun!
I’m all about the pumpkin patch festivities – including hay mazes! This one in Petaluma is tiny, but maybe that’s for the best because I’m not much interested in being lost for hours. I wore a pair of comfortable flats on our trip to the pumpkin patch. Next time I’ll probably skip out on the light colored footwear as I can’t say they were in as crisp of condition by the time I was done tromping through the fields. I also loved that there were farm animals out for everyone to pet! Talk about an adult petting zoo. There were rows of adorable baby calves that loved to be scratched behind the ears!
Fun fact: Spring Hill actually produces the cheese for Chipotle! There were awesome little faux store fronts for photo opps – including a Chipotle sign!
It’s still hot here in California and although I was dying to snap photos surrounded by pumpkins while wearing a chunky sweater, I opted for a practical peplum top instead.
There’s a section at the pumpkin patch where all the pumpkins are already cut from the vine, but we selected ours from the field. It’s always so fun to hunt for the perfect shaped pumpkins!
Picking a pumpkin is very personal! I always love to pick perfectly round pumpkins, or short and squatty pumpkins – very traditional! It was awesome to make the trip with friends who loved different shapes and even colors!
KB found an adorable little round pumpkin that was so tiny he could fit it in the palm of his hands! Poor KB, I made him leave it behind so we could find larger pumpkins to carve.
The pumpkin patch also has hoards of little pumpkins and even squashes! I grabbed a couple of tiny pumpkins to use in a centerpiece for a dinner party I’m planning. At the Petaluma pumpkin patch they charge flat fees for their pumpkins based on size. A small pumpkin typically runs around $10, medium $15, and large $25. The math doesn’t always seem to be an exact science as they sometimes cut you a deal if you’re buying multiple pumpkins.
I had the best time picking out pumpkins in Petaluma with KB and friends for the second year in a row. Taking a trip to the pumpkin patch is the perfect way to kick off fall and start to get into the holiday spirit!
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