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Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

14485 Monterey Hwy., Morgan Hill

Reviewed 09/30/2006

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

Uesugi is perhaps the prettiest pumpkin patch in the South Bay. Their field is covered in yellow and orange marigolds arranged in rows between a great selection of pumpkins. It's little details like this that propel one pumpkin patch ahead of another.

An example of paying attention to detail is the “Welcome” sign Uesugi has when you arrive. You walk underneath it to enter the patch and the path you are on gives you a view of the giant Pumpkin Pyramid. The pyramid contains more than 4,000 pumpkins covering a huge dirt mound. It makes for great photo opportunities, as does the huge inflatable pumpkin that beckons to those driving by the patch.

There is a lot to do at Uesugi. Kids will enjoy the Cow Train ($3.50; $3 kids 10 years and under), where they can pick their favorite cow car (with cute names like T-Bone, Riblet, and Sir Loyn) and be pulled around a dirt field by a tractor. Grooves and bumps dug into the field provide extra motion to the cow cars for a mild bucking bronco effect. 

Kids can also join their parents for a ride on the Pumpkinville Railroad ($4; $3 kids 10 years and under), which travels around the patch. Here again, attention to detail is apparent, as the track goes through a scenic sunflower patch with scarecrows and golden pumpkins, a not so spooky tunnel, and through a corn patch with cute vignettes. Parents can also join kids on the well-decorated Storybook Path through a small corn field. At the end you’ll choose a little pumpkin to take home ($5 for family of four, pumpkin included). You’ll also have fun on Pumpkin Pete’s Enchanted Hayride around the grounds ($4; $3 kids 10 years and under). Lest you think it’s all fun and games, you can mix fun with learning by stopping by PumpkinTime Theatre (free!), where you’ll see how pumpkins are grown! If you’re hungry, stop by the Storybook Café snack shack and take a rest on the picnic tables. While there, make balloon animals and have your face painted!

Uesugi has a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds to choose from at really excellent pumpkin patch prices. We came away with three huge (I mean huge) pumpkins that were only $13 each. Be sure to grab a wheelbarrow or two to cart the pumpkins around. The wheelbarrow is only for pumpkins, but we saw a kid or two enjoying a ride, sitting right on the lettering that says the wheelbarrow is for pumpkins only. Parents!

There is a little stage in the middle of the patch, which features live entertainment on certain weekend days. It also plays host to their annual pumpkin weigh-off, with the grower of the heaviest pumpkin winning $5 per pound!

If you’re in the mood for some crafts, Uesugi’s craft barn offers Halloween and Fall crafts and dried floral arrangements at reasonable prices as well as sunflowers and potted marigolds, the type you’ll find around throughout the patch.

Behind the pumpkin patch is the Field of Screams, a two-acre haunted corn maze ($12) and X-Treme Scream Sideshow of Terror ($10 or $18 for both mazes). We did not go into the mazes, so if you have, drop us a line and let us know if you liked them!

With all there is to see and do at Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch you can easily make a full day of it and everyone in your family will have a great time.


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QUICK FACTS
When Pumpkin Patch: Sept. 23 - Oct. 31, 2006; Field of Screams: Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-31, 2006; see calendar on Uesugi's website for times
Where 14485 Monterey Hwy., Morgan Hill
Admission Free
Contact www.fieldofscreamsmorganhill.com
 
   

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