'Tis the Season for a Pumpkin Patch!


It’s time to gather up the crew and head out to a pumpkin patch. Luckily, we live in an area with some great options and I’d to share a few with you.


But don’t forget the basics: Go early in the day for cooler weather (or bring an umbrella in case of seasonal showers!) Remember to carry cash if you can. Not every pumpkin patch accepts card payment.


Let’s head to Brentwood and check out some great options. Then we will take a quick cruise to Livermore!


SMITH FAMILY FARMS

Visit Smith Family Farms, where the experience is more like a Pumpkin Harvest than a pumpkin patch. They have pretty much everything you could ask for in a pumpkin patch experience including farm animals, gardens, live music and even a native American village. But the real highlight is the mile-long hayride out to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are free with admission, with additional pumpkins for sale inside the fruit stand. For everyone’s comfort, please leave Fido at home.


G&S FARMS

G&S Farm’s October Pumpkin Patch is the ideal family activity to enjoy in Brentwood's perfect autumn weather. You’ve got to see the pumpkin-chuckin' cannons to believe them. Or check out the Hocus Pocus movie night. And of course, the pumpkins are plentiful with tons of difference varieties available right off the vine!


JOAN’S PUMPKIN FARM LIVERMORE

Enjoy a unique family experience in the Livermore countryside.

Amenities include a snack shack (may I recommend the pumpkin pie?), hay bale maze, and old west town, farm animals, picnic areas, and the little blue train! Feel free to enjoy a picnic!


With many varieties of pumpkins and other fall items, you are sure to find the perfect gourd and fall décor!


Looking for something a little closer to town?


SHADELANDS RANCH (WALNUT CREEK)

Looking for a great pumpkin patch experience a little “closer in?” It’s not a huge pumpkin patch but it’s loaded with fun for the whole family. Pumpkins, bounce house and a darling little petting zoo on the gorgeous grounds of the Shadelands Ranch Museum awaits.


Have fun selecting and carving the perfect pumpkin. I’d love to see your handiwork!

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