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Joan’s Pumpkin Patch in Livermore is Old School And Scenic

About an hour from Berkeley, just on the edge of town in south Livermore you will find Joan’s Farm. Nestled in the hills off Mines Road, you’d be hard put to find a more beautiful place. Keeping in step with the natural beauty of their surroundings, Joan’s curates a very nostalgic, classic, kind of pumpkin patch experience. Best for kids under seven.

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Even during its busiest moments Joan’s feels very relaxed. Their space is large and people have plenty of room to roam.

tree and pumpkins
Iconic tree at Joan’s Farm | Photo: Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch

Situated in Livermore, most days leading up to Halloween at Joan’s will still be warm. We visited at 4 pm on a Sunday evening, and things were just cooling down. There was also exceptionally beautiful early evening light, as the sun prepared to set behind the hills.

Family activities and amenities at Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Fun on the farm

The farm is quite spacious, so it never feels too crowded. About half of the family activities and the pumpkin patch are arranged in the shade of an oak tree grove, so it feels pleasant throughout the day. Other amenities such as the children’s pumpkin bowling, bucket train rides, inflated maze, toddler play equipment, and a bouncy slide are out in an open field adjacent to the hay maze. This part of the farm is usually in direct sunlight and can get hot if there’s no breeze.

Photo ops include a “How Tall This Fall” backdrop, which is cute, and a train-themed backdrop that reads “Joan’s Farm Express”.

The Old West Town is a scene set up for the guests’ enjoyment. You can also peek into a ‘museum’ of old farm equipment. You won’t find any flashy rides, merchandise, or toys for sale. There are some demonstrations by blacksmiths.

tractor train ride at joans farm
Blue bucket tractor train ride is a thrill for the littlest ones | Photo: Jordan Latham

Food and snacks at Joan’s Farm

Joan’s offers a small concession stand that sells hot dogs, nachos, snow cones, and pumpkin pie. They’ve set up some nice shaded spots to sit and eat. The snack bar is also where you buy tickets for the amusement activities or feed for the animals.

Happy goats and sheep living their best lives

We’ve been to a few pumpkin patches at which 20 goats are crammed in a tiny fenced-off area to provide a petting zoo. The goats and sheep at Joan’s were notably happy in spacious pens where the children could feed them through the fence. It turns out happy goats are very entertaining: they jumped straight up in the air and butted heads and frolicked with little wagging goat tails. The kids called them ninja goats and watched with excitement in anticipation of what sweet moves they might bust out next.

kids and goats at joans farm
We could watch the goats play all day | Photo: Jordan Latham

Plan your visit to Joan’s Pumpkin Patch

If you are looking for a super chill place to pumpkin patch it up with your family, Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch won’t disappoint.

Location: 4351 Mines Road, Livermore
Hours: Oct. 2 – 31 (closed Mondays), 10 am – 6 pm
Rates: CASH ONLY. No admission price, but activities cost $5 each or $25 for an unlimited wristband. Pumpkin prices are based on size.
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Joan’s is closed on Mondays. Tuesday through Friday are more sparsely attended, making it a great time to go get the most beautiful family pictures without other people wandering through your pictures. I highly recommend early evening for cooler temperatures (a breeze tends to kick up) and unmistakably dreamy lighting.

It’s a wonderland for little kids and parents will appreciate the great photo potential.
Parking is easy in their large dirt lots, and the porta-potties aren’t bad as far as those things go.

A Sunday evening at Joan's Farm and Pumpkin Patch
A Sunday evening at Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch | Photo: Jordan Latham

[Photos by Jordan Latham and Joan’s Farm as indicated]

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