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Clancy's Pumpkin Patch
1620 7th Ave., San Francisco
Prior to 2012, we last visited Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch in 2007. So we decided to visit again on Oct. 5, 2012. This article updates our 2007 review.
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 entrance, 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. But even so, if you visit during rush hours, the traffic noise can be a little loud. The lot is well decorated with numerous scarecrows, corn-stalks, and amusing Halloween scenes. The pumpkins are all laid out waiting for you on the backside of carpet pieces on a dirt field.
Clancy’s has a decent selection of pumpkin varieties and sizes; you’ll find the usual field pumpkins along with a few pure white pumpkins and gourds.
The pumpkin prices are a little high, but you generally pay more when at a patch in a big city. For example, a medium-sized pumpkin is $10. Gourds run $1-$4, while Swan Gourds are a pricey $20. Tiny minis are only $.50.
On our 2007 visit we noted that there were no wheelbarrows or wagons in which to collect pumpkins. This situation has been rectified and there are now wheelbarrows that are carpeted on the bottom so your pumpkins make it to your car unscathed.
Once you have selected your pumpkins, the kids will enjoy crawling through Clancy’s hay fort. Outside the fort there are a lot of old, dirty looking stuffed animals that I would steer clear of, personally. There are also animals to look at – a bunny, turkeys, and two puppies.
In addition to pumpkins, Clancy’s offers bundles of wheat for decorating for $7.50, a wheelbarrow of firewood for $15, bags of straw for $2, Indian corn three cobs for $4.50 (or a smaller size that pops for $2.50), and pumpkin carving kits.
All in all, Clancy’s is a cute city pumpkin patch without a total city feel like some parking lot patches.
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