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Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch
850 N. Highway 1., Half Moon Bay
Just a half mile north of where Highway 92 meets Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay lay a pumpkin patch so pure and sincere that you half expect to see Linus camped out there at night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.
The patch is Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch run by John Muller and his wife Eda. You won't find the carnival like atmosphere and rides like at the patches on the pumpkin highway but you find a couple of prize winning pumpkin growers with perhaps the widest selection of pumpkin and gourd varieties in the Half Moon Bay area. You'll be able to choose from traditional orange Howdens, large Atlantic Giants, red Cinderellas, delicate Fairy Tales, white luminas, colorful Pump ke mons and Carnivals, small Sugar Pie.... the list goes on and on.
The quality of fruit and the numerous varieties have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Farmer John's pumpkins have been featured in many places including Sunset, VIA, and Food and Wine magazines and he provides pumpkins for the gourmets at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Perhaps the most interesting line of Farmer John's business is supplying pumpkins to the movie and catalog industry. Chances are if you've flipped through a fall catalog you've seen at least one of his pumpkins.
Farmer John and his wife were both big winners at this year's Half Moon Bay Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off and their winning pumpkins are on proud display near the entrance to the patch. John won a prize for the most beautiful pumpkin with his very unique and glossy square pumpkin. He tells everyone with a wink the key is to go out every morning and give the pumpkin a few good hugs. Eda won for growing the largest pumpkin in San Mateo County. At 655 lbs this is one big pumpkin. While we were visiting, a 12 year old girl was standing next to the pumpkin admiring both its size and beauty. It was big enough that she could have curled up inside of it with room to spare.
While you're picking out your pumpkins and gourds you'll be surrounded by a bounty of corn and sunflowers, both the large yellow variety of flower and the beautiful dark red Claret variety. The corn, corn stalks, and the sunflowers are available on a you pick basis for your fall dining and decorating. Farmer John also sells hay bales as well as heirloom seeds from Italy.
There are secluded spots amongst the corn available for picnics and the kids will have plenty of fun playing in Farmer John's authentic Indian Tipi. Farmer John also takes visitors on tractor pulled hay rides around the patch. Be sure to also say hi to Clementine, the most adorable pumpkin eating pumpkin patch dog you'll ever meet.
Even as the big day approaches and many patches begin to look pretty picked over, at Farmer Johns they always have fresh pumpkins for you to choose from. Farmer John regularly brings in new pumpkins from the fields so you'll always have plenty to choose from.
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