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Livermore-Area Pumpkin Patches 2003

We recently visited a part of the greater Bay Area that we've never before visited on our pumpkin hunting missions: Livermore.  What we found is that these people mean business with their patches!  At these farms, pumpkins are secondary to all the carnival-like fun!  

G & M Farms

Where:

487 East Airway, Livermore

G & M Farms most closely resembles the pumpkin patches we're used to: plenty of pumpkins and gourds, a crafts area, farm animals, refreshments, straw maze, pony rides, and a corn maze.  

We took a spin through their huge corn maze and spent a good 30 minutes trying to get out.  They have trivia spots along the way to help you find the correct path out of the maze.  You are given a few questions to choose from with multiple choice answers.  The correct answers tell you the correct way to head - the incorrect answers send you on the wrong path!  We liked how the maze is broken into two parts - half way through, you end up back where you started, giving you a chance to grab a drink or give up!

G&M's Pumpkins Docorating the craft shack Hay maze at G&M Farms Antique farming equipment

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Joan's Farm

Where:

4351 Mines Road, Livermore

Based on the amount of families there, Joan's Farm, is the place to be! The little ones were running all about playing on the pumpkins, climbing the trees, visiting the animals, jumping in the inflatable jumper, and chowing down on hot dogs!

Joan's Farm is in a lovely small valley with a creek running through it.  The farm offers a corn maze, hay rides, fort maze, gold panning, an old west town, refreshments, picnic areas, pony rides, face painting by a clown, and of course, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, squash, and wheat stalks.

The real fun for the families seemed to be all the activities and areas for the kids to run around and play.  Picking out a pumpkin came when the kids got tired!

Joan's pumpkins Plenty of photo oportunities Plenty of places and things for children to explore Joan's teepee

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Dell'Osso Farms

Where:

26 West Stewart Road, Lathrop

Dell'Osso Farms isn't in Livermore, but it's not that far from it - just a freeway ride away in Lathrop!  And if it's a carnival-like atmosphere you want, it's worth the drive!  I barely noticed the pumpkins here, as I was so wrapped up in the other fun activities.  The place is huge and all outdoors, with food and drinks, a picnic area, horse rides, a haunted house, pumpkin blasters, a speedway (kids on tricycles - they even get little numbers to wear - too cute!), crafts, a train ride, a corn maze, a straw tunnel, and lots more fun!

We spent a good deal of our time firing the pumpkin blasters (they have 10!)!  You load the air-powered blaster with a mini-pumpkin and aim for one of the targets out in the field and fire!  The goal is to get the mini-pumpkins through the eyes, nose, and mouth of a huge metal pumpkin, ghost or bat.  It was great fun to watch and hear the mini-pumpkins smash to pieces (or rather smash to mush) against one of the targets, making it almost more fun not to shoot the pumpkin through the holes!

The corn maze at Dell'Osso Farms You can't have more fun at a pumpkin patch than by blasting bats and ghosts with pumpkins! Plenty of pumpkins if you can pull yourself away from the pumpkin blasters Haunted house Speeding along at the Dell'Osso Speedway

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