Where to get Pumpkins – San Diego
Pumpkins are quite akin to fall and Halloween lore. Whether you like to carve them into funny or scary faces or you like to puree them into a pies, here is a list of places where you can procure a pumpkins in and around San Diego.
Trader Joe’s. If time and/or money are an issue, as they often are for the busy family, but still are not willing to go without the happy holiday hallmark, Trader Joe’s sells pumpkins for just $2.99. They’re not the tiny desk sized pumpkins either. You can put a pumpkin cutter to these healthy sized squashes and create till you’re spooky creation is complete. Although you can’t take any hay rides at this destination, there are plenty obstacles to navigate from the parking lot to the register, and you can find an array of other pumkiny goodness like, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin soup, and even a pumpkin spice coffee blend.
If your looking for more of a family outing in your pumpkin hunting like a Pumpkin Patch to visit with the kids, here is a list of spots to pick pumpkins and partake in other fall festivities.
Pumpkin Station. A petting zoo, games and inflatables, giant slides, kiddie rides and pumpkins. Oct. 4-31; visit website for hours. Free admission; ride ticket packages available. Locations in El Cajon, Mission Valley, National City, Chula Vista and Del Mar. www.pumpkinstation.com; 858-566-7466. Get a Free Train Ride Coupon from San Diego Family.
Bates Nut Farm’s Pumpkin Patch. Shop for pumpkins, squash and gourds. Also, a farm zoo, pony rides, hay rides and a straw maze. Sept. 25-Oct. 31; visit website for hours. Free admission. 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. 760-749-3333. www.batesnutfarm.biz
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch. Kids climb and slide down the Cottonseed Mountain, receive a Jack Patch Pumpkin and delight in hay rides around the farm, a petting corral and a hay bale maze. Sept. 24-Nov. 2. Tues.-Sat., 10 am-7 pm. $8 per child; one adult (ages 16 & up) free per paid child. The Van Ommering Dairy Farm, 14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside. 619-390-2929. www.omaspumpkinpatch.com
Pumpkin Patch at Farm Stand West. Plus a kiddie area and hay rides (on select days). Oct. 1-31. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 pm; Sat. & Sun., 10 am-6 pm. Free admission. Pumpkins sold by the pound. 2115 Miller Ave., Escondido. 760-738-9014. www.thefarmstandwest.com
Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm. Take your pick from 35 varieties of pumpkins. See giant pumpkins that are over 300 pounds! Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Weekdays, 2-5 pm; weekends, 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. 1509 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook. www.lavenderhillpumpkins.com
Pumpkin U-Pick at Suzie’s Farm. Saturdays in October. Oct. 5, 19 & 26, 10 am-2 pm; Oct. 12, 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Suzie’s Farm, 1856 Saturn Blvd., San Diego. 619-662-1780. www.suziesfarm.com
The Welburn Gourd Farm. Located in Fallbrook, the Welburn Gourd Farm is largest supplier of quality, organic hard-shell gourds in the USA. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm. www.welburngourdfarm.com
Summers Past Farms. Field grown pumpkins all shapes and sizes. Open weekends in October. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-5 pm. Fun-filled weekends for all ages! www.summerspastfarms.com/events.htm
Peltzer Farms. Home grown pumpkins and squash in Temecula. Also, a petting farm, corn maze and pumpkin farm. Don’t miss train and pony rides, gem panning and pig races from Mon.-Fri., 3-8 pm; Sat. & Sun., 9 am-8 pm. Pumpkin patch open Sept. 21- Oct. 31, 9 am – 8 pm. www.peltzerfarms.com
Pumpkin Pandemonium at Heritage Farms. Activities include corn maze, hidden treasure trail, coloring wall, straw tunnel, skeleton search, pumpkin rolling and more. Open Sept. 28-Oct. 27. Sat. & Sun., 10 am-5 pm; Wed.-Fri., noon to 5 pm (product sales only; no activities). Admission: $6; hay rides $3. www.heritagefarms.com