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Perry's Family Pumpkin Patch at Ardenwood
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
Reviewed 10/02/13 by Hauntmistress
J.E. Perry Farms is a working organic vegetable farm located on the grounds of the Ardenwood Regional Preserve. Pumpkins, one of many crops growing on the farm this time of year, take center stage at Perry’s Family Pumpkin Patch.
As you turn into Ardenwood you will notice a vast expanse of pumpkins in the field, which can’t help but get you in the Halloween spirit. The four acre field offers mostly standard orange pumpkins, with a few giants and whites.
In bins adjacent to the field there are many varieties of miniature pumpkins ($1-$1.50), gourds, squash, pumpkins for pies, and Indian corn. You’ll find Spaghetti and Butternut Squash (both $1.29 lb), Red Kuri ($1.59 lb), Blue Hubbard ($.79. Lb), Khaki (orange with green stripes, priced by size), Acorn ($1.29 lb), Turban ($1.59 lb), Kabocha Squash ($1.29 lb), Delicata Squash ($.99 lb), and more! The pumpkins in the field are priced by size and range from $2 to $20.
The pumpkin field has two John Deere tractors and a few cut-outs for photo opportunities, including a “How Tall This Fall” ruler. There is a tall hay pyramid to climb on and a little child size corn maze (the path is marked so little ones will not get lost). There is also a tire patch play pit, and tractor rides around the field. You’ll find a few umbrella-covered picnic tables for when you need a rest!
While you are at Ardenwood, you may want to take advantage of the other Halloween activities going on throughout the month, such as a Harvest Festival (Oct. 12-13), Halloween Train (evenings Oct. 18-20 and 25-27), a corn husk dolls craft (Oct. 20 and 27), Halloween Hijinks (Oct. 26), and more. Check our calendar for information on these events.
Before you leave the pumpkin patch be sure to stop by the little welcome shack to purchase carving kits and other Halloween products. Then, as you leave the Ardenwood grounds, visit the Farm Stand, open Tuesday through Sunday for seasonal, organically grown produce picked daily, such as iceberg lettuce for $.89 cents each and Romano beans for $1.69 a pound.
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