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636 Gossage Ave., Petaluma
Reviewed 10/06/12 by Hauntmistress
Prior to 2012, we last visited Peterson’s farm in 2010, and we had a great time. So when we visited again on Oct. 6, 2012, we were happy that not much had changed. This article updates our 2010 review.
If you are looking for a sincere pumpkin patch to roam around, some friendly animals to look at, and more information about bees than you can buzz at? Then Peterson’s Farm is perfect for you.
Peterson’s Farm is nestled in a residential neighborhood, and when we arrived we first thought it was a private residence, not a pumpkin patch. But once you turn in you can see the barn decorated for Halloween and the friendly and personable family ready to help you and answer questions.
Parking is behind the barn by a good-sized field of homegrown pumpkins. Families were pulling wagons and kids were running around the beautiful field choosing pumpkins to take home. The pumpkins, like everything grown at Peterson’s farm, are pesticide and herbicide free.
As we made our way around to the front of the barn to pay for our pumpkins, we were greeted by friendly animals. In 2010 we were able to feed them from the buckets of food next to each animal’s house. There are two cows in an upper field, but adjacent to the house you’ll find bunnies, free-range chickens and roosters (they sleep in the trees at night), and two horses - sisters named Full Moon and Kachina who like to lick the hands of the people petting them. There were also the cutest little baby chicks running around their coop. While we watched, their mom signaled that it was nap time and she settled down over a slight dip in the ground. Then all the little baby chicks disappeared underneath her for a little warm, protective rest.
After enjoying the animals we made our way into the barn. Inside, we got to see bees at work in the observation hive, where you can try and spot the queen! The real Queen Bee, Ettamarie Peterson, is the owner of the farm, and she knows all about bees and can relay wonderful stories about beekeeping. Be sure to take home some honey that has been extracted on the farm (not from the observation hive) and strained through a double-layered sieve before bottling.
In 2010 there were yummy homemade treats to purchase, such as zucchini bread, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies to either take home or eat at picnic tables. We didn’t see any of that in 2012, unless some hungry people beat us to the treats!
We had a very pleasant time at Peterson’s Farm and can’t wait to visit again.
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