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Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm
800 North Cabrillo Highway (Hwy. 1), Half Moon Bay
Late September. A warm day with the sun pushing the coastal fog out of sight. We face the morning with one thought, one desire: pumpkins. Must have pumpkins. So where do we head? Our favorite pumpkin farm, of course, Farmer John's! And he didn't disappoint! He was ready for business with a wonderful variety of pumpkins and information about each variety.
When we arrived we stopped and chatted with Farmer John, the hardest working man in Pumpkinbiz, about his wide variety of pumpkins and a few of his stories. Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm is a virtual fairy tale come to life, thanks to a few mice. They showed up at Farmer John's this year to snack on a few of his pumpkins. Of all the pumpkins, which did they choose? The Cinderella, of course. They obviously were extracting revenge for their brethren who were forced to pull Cinderella's pumpkin coach!
My favorite for this season is the Apple Gourd. It looks like a green apple (obviously), only bigger! The other treats we picked up included a Speckled Swan Neck Gourd, a Golden Delicious, an El Nino, a Cinderella, a huge Quintale, a Rock Star, and a Native American Lakota.
There were quite a few customers for this early in the season, snapping up pumpkins, Indian corn, hay, and sunflowers. Farmer John even treated one family to a ride around the farm on his tractor!
Lucky for us and our 13 pumpkins, Farmer John provides wagons to haul around your pumpkins or children. Although the kids won't stay in the wagon for long once they see the rows of colorful pumpkins, the hay pyramid, and authentic Native American Ti Pi.
We finally headed home with a truck bed full of pumpkins and pondered why Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm holds such a special place in our Halloween hearts. We think it has a lot to do with the sincere appreciation that Farmer John has for pumpkins and the work and effort he puts into ensuring he has unique varieties and that the farm is just right. It's also the personal touch Farmer John gives his customers - chatting, sharing stories, and genuinely caring that you have a good time.
Farmer John makes you feel like you're old friends visiting his farm and catching up on old times. If you don't see Farmer John's wife Eda, you won't have long to wait before he's mentioning her and her work and dedication to the farm. Eda makes sure there are lots of varieties for us pumpkin fans (the new Italian gourds are great!). We hear she also makes wonderful cookies and has lots of pumpkin recipes she readily shares!
We don't know how he has the time (we think Eda cooked up a secret pumpkin recipe that allows him to go without sleep), but Farmer John is running for the Water Board. If his dedication to the Water Board is half as strong as his dedication to his farm, we think Half Moon Bay is one lucky town! Good Luck Farmer John! If we could vote in Half Moon Bay, you'd have ours!
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