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Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm
1060 Pine Lane, Clayton
Having grown up in Concord, right outside Clayton, the Hauntmistress is very familiar with the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm. Many pumpkins at her house growing up were from this patch. After our visit this year, the Hauntmistress realized where her college fund money had gone - to the patch for all the pumpkins! This is one of the priciest pumpkin patches we've visited - ever. For a medium-sized pumpkin we paid $15. Compare that to the wagon full of large pumpkins we've purchased elsewhere for under $40 for the whole lot, and it's not a very economical patch to visit if you intend on buying more than one pumpkin. We usually purchase many pumpkins per patch visit, but at these prices, we grabbed just one.
Clayton has built up through the years, and what used to be a little country pumpkin field out in the middle of nowhere is now surrounded by upper-middle class houses. The patch has succeeded in retaining its country feel, however. They offer a sloping field with a nice variety of pumpkins and gourds, interspersed with wooden cutouts where you can stick your face through for photo opportunities. There is a craft area with a wealth of Halloween gifts available for purchase ranging from yard decorations and pumpkin carving implements to farm preserves.
There is a large playland for the kids with numerous games and hay bales for children to climb on. You can ride a train that takes you through a small portion of the farm or make your way through a small hay maze. A spooky hay tunnel is available to crawl through. Although sized for children, we enjoyed making our way through the pitch black passage. They also have a rather unusual "petting" zoo. However, rather than actually being able to come into contact with the animals they are behind a high wire fence. They sell feed for the animals but instead of hand feeding the animals the make you drop the feed through long plastic tubes inserted in the fencing. It's just not the same as feeding them from your hand.
On the weekends you can also visit their "Pumpkin Pantry" where they offer for sale hot dogs/Polish dogs, tri-tip sandwiches, chips, and drinks.
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