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Snell Ave. and Chynoweth Ave., San Jose
Reviewed 10/16/11 by Hauntmistress
Giordano Farms touts itself as San Jose's largest pumpkin patch, with more than 10,000 pumpkins to choose from. I didn't count them all, but the patch looked huge to me!
Corn stalks and pumpkins decorate the chain link fence surrounding the front of the patch. Inside the patch, kids and parents were walking all around the grass and dirt field picking their orange pumpkins and putting them into wagons or wheelbarrows.
There are straw bale vignettes decorated with scarecrows and pumpkins sprinkled throughout the pumpkin fields for photo ops. There is also a little corn stalk maze and a few straw tunnels.
A favorite attraction of kids seemed to be Giordano Railroad's Loose Caboose, a little train that goes in a circle and blows its horn. You can ride it for $2. In the middle of the train track circle is a stylized mini-volcano and "Ol' Fateful" Geyser, which erupted a blast of steam and water every now and again, which really captured the attention of the kids.
Lining one side of the patch there are cute little animals in pens. There are chickens (The Cluckers) and ducks (Donald's Ducks), goats (Billie's Goats), and sheep. It's $1 to enter the petting corral. There is also a Bunny Rabbit Petting Corral for $1 with some very sweet and soft looking bunnies.
If you're in the mood to stay for awhile, there is a picnic table that's covered from the sun available by reservation.
When you're paying for your pumpkins you can also purchase corn stalks ($8.95), straw bales ($10.95), Fuji apples ($1), sun-dried apricots, homemade strawberry jam ($9.95), peanuts, vegetables, and fruits (tomatoes, grapes, cucumber, zucchini, corn, and strawberries). You can also purchase cold drinks and pumpkin carving kits.
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