Farmer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze runs Oct. 1-31. Call: (805) 688-4496.
Location: CA Hwy 246, Solvang, CA
Farmer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is an annual attraction that draws
tourists and locals who can't escape the festive Halloween fun in the Danish
village of Solvang.
Children come to meet Birgit and Arne Jacobsen, who have
been selling colorful pumpkins for over 25 years now. The kids come with
their moms and dads (and even grandparents) who hold fond memories of this
roadside stand not far from Highway 101 on the road to Solvang (Hwy 246).
From broom corn to pumpkins of all kinds--cinderellas, jack-o-lanterns,
ozzies, turbans and munchkins, throw caution to the wind and go pick out a
pumpkin for your kin. People of all ages love to experience the
fields, the varieties of pumpkins, the corn maze and the family fun of
getting the kids to help push a wheel barrel and fill it up with pumpkins.
While Southern California pumpkin
patches often include carnival rides, petting zoos and entertainment,
Central Coast and much of Northern California features the old-fashioned
experiences afforded by acreage, tons of hay and rolling mountains with
rich, blue skies. Wear your tennis shoes and casual clothes in the
hay-strewn fields where youu'll wander, picking out something that calls your
name. It may be white, green or traditional orange in color. But whatever
you decide, don't miss out on this Halloween tradition that's especially
enjoyed in the USA, the pumpkin capital of the world!
If I had my way, I'd drive the entire
state of California during the month of October, seeing all the pumpkin
patches I could find. There would be hundreds or thousands of them, no
doubt. In the Danish village of Solvang where baked goods and comfort foods
are served, pumpkins blend with the rural environment that's so special in
the autumn when the hills are a burnished gold just before the rains turn
them back to green again. Roadside stands sell apples during this season in
which many of the grape harvests are finished. It's the perfect season to
visit Solvang and surrounding areas. Buy fresh produce, sample crafted wines
and pick out your pumpkin just in time for Halloween.
Pumpkins come from the same family as
the cucumber and is a squash. There are over 50 different types of pumpkin
with names such as the Spooktacular and Munchkin.