Conversation, ideas and events for parents in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

Here is a list of some of the local pumpkin farms here in Sonoma County.  If I missed your favorite, leave it in the comments.

Where will you be buying your pumpkins this year?


Oktoberfest/Courtney's Pumpkin Patch: On October 13th, 2-8 p.m. is the annual Oktoberfest - filled with German food, wine, peer, the Poyntlyss Sistars, and so much more. And in its 8th year will be the major feature of the event - Courtney's Pumpkin Patch. It was started as a fundraiser by Cloverdale High's Courtney Jade Davis in 2003, who was diagnosed and succumbed to Ewing Sarcoma the follwing year. The pumpkin patch continues to raise funds for a scholarship in her name to be awarded to graduating seniors. Adult meal $15, Kids meal $5. Meal served 3-7 p.m. Cloverdale Plaza.


Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch: Hay stack to climb, farm animals, corn maze, climb-on tractors, craft tables, and general store with Halloween related items and refreshments for sale. Daily, 10 a.m. to dusk till Halloween. 17740 Healdsburg Avenue at Lytton Springs Road. 431-8058.

Verdure Farm:Specializing in the unusual pumpkins, as well as heirloom tomatoes and veggies. And don’t miss the fragrant basil and melons.  This farm is a kept secret among local restaurants for seasonal produce.  Open Sat & Sun 11am – 6:30pm. 2476 Westside Rd. 433-1403

Santa Rosa

Muelrath Ranches Pumpkins: Hayrides, animals, hay tunnel and maze. Open Sept 29 through Oct. 31. Monday through Thursday 1-6 p.m., Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 585-2195.

Santa Rosa FFA Pumpkin Patch: A fun festival for families to gather pumpkins, as well as enjoy a petting zoo, coloring station, Hay Pyramid, and kid-friendly games for all ages.  October 20th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m..  Located at the school farm on Alba Lane across from Cardinal Newman High School.

The Patch: 8 acres of pumpkins, a huge 5 acre corn maze, and a ton of fun things to experience - like the petting zoo, corn play box, tire swings, kettle corn, horse rides, and more! Open Sept 27 till Oct 31, Su-Th 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Various events throughout the month, including Popo the Clown on October 7, Sonoma Date Night Nannies on OCt 13 & 20, and more. 5157 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa. 331-6653.


Papa’s Pumpkin Patch: Pick pumpkins on the vine, eat apples and drink fresh apple juice in a Redwood setting. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Halloween. 13110 Occidental Rd., Sebastopol. 874-9070


Fields of Green: While known for its free-range eggs it provides to local restaurants throughout the year, the farm turns into a pumpkin patch every October with a hay maze, hay ride, and patch of pumpkins, as well as friendly chickens.  Open 9am – 2pm.  1777 W. Watmaugh.  (707) 939-3648


Adobe Pumpkin Farm: Farm animals, coffee barn, Farmer's Wife Barntique, haunted barn, Winterville Christmas Barn, Weather permitting. Meet pumpkin carver Ray Villafane on Sunday, Oct 14. Free parking and admission to farm, additional cost for activities. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2478 E. Washington St. at Adobe Road. 763-6416.

First Light Farm's Pumpkin Patch:  As one of the only certified organic pumpkin patches in Sonoma County, you're sure to get a gorgeous pumpkin at this new pumpkin patch.  They have hay rides, a corn maze, train rides, organic produce at the farm store, and a haystack pyramid to climb on and check out the view from higher ground.  And of course there's the u-pick pumpkin patch, perfect for finding your future jack-o-lantern and getting some pumpkiny photos in the process.  Join them on October 20th for their pumpkin party!  Open daily 12-6 p.m. 4588 Bodega Ave., Petaluma.  (707) 480-5346

Great Peter Pumpkin Patch: Dig potatoes, milk a cow, pet farm animals, wagon ride. Live music on weekends. Now until October 31. Daily, 9 a.m. to dusk. Spring Hill Jersey Cheese Co., 4235 Spring Hill Road. 762-3446.

McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Farm: Hands on farm experience allows families to pet baby calves, goats, and chickens while choosing the perfect pumpkin at the dairy farm.  Every day there is a scheduled farm tour that includes a visit to the nursery, milking a cow by hand, and learning about the farm’s history.  Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  6475 Bodega Ave.  (707) 664-0452

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch Amazing Corn Maze: Possibly the most popular of all the pumpkin patches, as this is the one causing the traffic jam on 101 entering Petaluma.  Petting zoo, four-acre corn maze, Halloween jumpie, weekend barbeques and a 4H bake sales Oct 20-23. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5 day; Night Maze is on Friday-Saturday and closes at 9:30 p.m., $9. Pony rides, $5. Free admission to the pumpkin patch. Open till November 1.  550 Stony Point Road. 781-3132.

Peterson’s Pumpkins: Feed the animals, observation beehive, picnic area, and a variety of pumpkins in different sizes and colors. Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 636 Gossage Avenue. 765-4582.

Tolay Fall Festival: It’s 7th year running, the popular festival is a favorite place to gather pumpkins, as well as taking part in harvest activities for the whole family.  This year the festival will run Oct 11-14 and Oct 17-21.  Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. weekends. $4 – 13 and up, $1 – 12 and under, parking $7.  Top of Cannon Lane. 565-2041


Windsor Pumpkin Festival: Annual FREE festival on the Windsor Town Green complete with contests, games, scarecrows, and of course, pumpkins.  A crowd pleaser is the pumpkin bowling and pumpkin car races.  Festival is on Oct 21, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Market St, Windsor.

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