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Clancy's Pumpkin Patch
1620 7th Ave., San Francisco
We've always preferred going to pumpkin patches that are associated with farms. There's just something very appealing about taking a drive out to a farm to pick up a pumpkin where it was grown or at least grown in a nearby field. You feel a connection with the grower and a certain amount of pride in the local produce.
But after all these years of visiting farms all over the Bay Area we felt it was time to visit a San Francisco pumpkin landmark, Clancy's Pumpkin Patch. Since 1979 Clancy's has been the place city dwellers take their children for their first pumpkin and many families have made it their Halloween tradition.
Nestled along 7th Avenue next to White Crane Springs, Clancy's isn't a very large patch by farm standards but plenty big by city standards. There's a small parking area in front of the patch, which is convenient if you're one of the lucky few who get to use it. Parking can be tricky in this area.
Clancy's has plenty of charm being surrounded by trees that insulate it from the city beyond its borders. The lot is well decorated with numerous scarecrows, corn-stalks, and amusing Halloween scenes. Unlike farm patches, Clancy's is also well lit. A boon for busy families who can only find time in the late evening to visit a patch.
Clancy's has a modest selection of pumpkin varieties; you'll find the usual field pumpkins along with pure white pumpkins and the "One Too Many" variety, which is a very pretty white with orange and green veins.
The pumpkin prices are reasonable but it seems like only an inch differentiates one price from another. It seems like it would be easier to only have a few different prices.
One thing missing at this patch is wheelbarrows or something with which to collect your pumpkins. We were there on opening day so perhaps this is coming. Or perhaps the pumpkin rows are too tight for wheelbarrows or wagons. In any case, it makes it difficult to grab more than a couple pumpkins.
Once you have selected your pumpkins, the kids will enjoy crawling through Clancy's hay fort. We would have liked to check it out but it was strictly tiny child sized.
All in all, Clancy's is a cute city pumpkin patch without the city feel.
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