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Grandma's Pumpkin Patch
17740 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
Reviewed 10/11/14 by Hauntmistress
Located conveniently near the Lytton Springs Road exit off the 101 freeway in Healdsburg, Grandma's Pumpkin Patch offers a country atmosphere and beautiful scenery.
When you arrive there are signs directing you to the back of the farm to park. This takes you off the main road and gives you an opportunity to take a look at the chickens and baby chicks on your short walk to the patch from your car. The chickens were plentiful and playful as they roamed around their pen clucking hello and inspecting the visitors. The baby chicks were beyond cute and excitedly running around their cage. Frequently, the girls helping out at the patch would bring chicks out for the young children to personally visit with.
Once you’ve had your fill of watching these cute little animals you make your way past goats and the farm’s cow, Lulu. The goats were feasting on apples, and Lulu was devouring pumpkins. She bit into them like they were marshmallows, easily making quick work of them. If she couldn’t get a good bite she’d push her nose into it until she made a hole. The farmer told us that Lulu loves pumpkins but he can’t give her too many, as they are not the best for her digestive system if she eats too many at one time. The farm also has cute little piggies that were tumbling around on each other in their eagerness to get to their food, as well as super soft Satin breed gray rabbits for sale for $20 each.
The farm has a large field of mostly medium-sized orange pumpkins. You can grab a wheelbarrow and roam the field looking for your favorites, which are priced by size. Our medium-sized pumpkin was $10.
Around the perimeter of the patch you’ll find activities and things to purchase. There are a couple of covered tents that have a small section of more unique pumpkin varieties and gourds. There are also handcrafted scarecrows for sale for your yard for $10 each, and other homemade goods and wares by Grandma, such as little princess headbands for little girls. We were told that Grandma makes sure each baby who visits leaves with a handmade bib, and that families make it a tradition to visit the farm each year.
Old rusty tractors line the front of the patch, helping to block the road from view. There is face painting during certain hours, and cold soft drinks, kettle corn, and other snacks available for purchase. Or pack your lunch and eat at one of the many picnic tables. Adjacent to the picnic tables is a little hay pyramid to climb on to burn some calories! Parents will love the large bathroom and the separate Baby Care Station for diaper changing.
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