The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma is worth the drive, because like the name tells you, it's GREAT. Unlike our local patches, this patch is on a real working farm. Real as in you can milk your own cows, pet farm animals, dig your own potatoes, and pick your own pumpkins! It's good.
Almost everything on the farm is FREE. Free hay rides, free cheese tasting (they make their own cheese on the farm), free hay maze, free hay towers to climb, and so on. Our favorite thing on the farm is the corn sandbox – they have multiple huge pits of corn and the kids just dive in. Every year we come home with corn souvenirs in our socks and underwear, it's so fun.
They have a real pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin from the vine, or stroll through some more perfectly round pumpkins already picked. You'll find small, medium, large, extra large, and wheel barrows for toting. Pumpkins are not free, so be prepared to pay.
Be sure to try the homemade pumpkin ice cream, take a picture with the western cutouts, and jam with the live band on the weekends.
The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch is located at 4235 Spring Hill Rd in Petaluma. It is about an hour drive from Berkeley.
It is open daily from October 1 – 31, from 9am – 6pm.
[All photos by Anna Azimi]