Pick A Peck of Pumpkins

Ahhhh, fall is finally in the San Diego air, and I’m glad that we chose this weekend for our annual pumpkin picking. And, yes, you can pick a peck of pumpkins! From what I can tell your peck will weigh anywhere from 8-24 lbs. (pecks aren’t translated easily into pounds) But that’s a whole other confusing subject.

Anyway, each year I write about our favorite fall activities and, while you can find inexpensive carving pumpkins at local grocery stores, it’s sooo much more fun for the kids if you make a trip to one of San Diego’s pumpkin patches.

I was hoping to experience Bates Nut Farm for the first time this year, but with gas at nearly $5 a gallon, I’m not eager to take the drive to Escondido from East County.

Instead, we spent yesterday evening at our preferred patch, Oma’s Pumpkin Patch, where we ran through the hay maze, slid down the cotton seed hill, played some games and picked a few pumpkins. There is also a petting coral, playground and hay rides on the farm all included in the $8 per child price. One adult is free with each child admission, and each child will leave with a small-to-medium-sized pumpkin, which is also included with admission.

Sledding down Oma’s cotton seed hill.

There are no pumpkins to pick at next weekend’s Fall Harvest Festival but it is another fabulous way to celebrate the season.

At only $5 per child for Parent Connection members and $10 per child for non-members, kids will get their faces painted, make fall art with the terrific staff of Art Soup, dance to the kid-friendly music of Hullaballoo Band, sit for storytime with the author “Becka and the Big Bubble,” have a caricature made by Court Jones and decorate cupcakes compliments of Cupcake Love. You don’t want to miss it!

If you’re looking for a low-key pumpkin picking experience, you should visit Summers Past Farm.

In addition to its pumpkin patch, Summers Past Farm has a beautiful garden to picnic and play in.

I see that they are having a fall harvest festival of their own next weekend, and if it’s anything like their annual Fairy Festival, it will be a zoo (a fun zoo, but not low-key). However, last year we visited Summers Past and had a really enjoyable and quiet afternoon of wandering through rows of pumpkins.

What’s your favorite fall tradition?

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