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Did You Know… ? California Pumpkins

Did you know…  that California ranks second in production of pumpkins in the US?

California purchases and consumes the most pumpkin products of any state and we also tout the most pumpkin festivals and highest attendance, reflecting California’s love of the seasonal fruit served in pies, souffles, bisque and breads. However, we are not the largest grower of pumpkins. We traditionally rank second to Illinois, producing two pumpkins for every five the Midwestern state grows.

Another fun fact about pumpkins: 90% of all pumpkins are grown specifically for Halloween. Most pumpkins are sold in local markets or directly to consumers at you-pick pumpkin patches, farmers’ markets, and food retail stores.

Here is a great list of our local Pumpkin Patches!

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
11am to 8pm
Two locations:
4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College)
and the Pacific View Mall in the Trader Joe’s parking lot
Free games and prizes for the kids

Bennett’s Best Pumpkin Patch
Two locations:
28900 Roadside Drive (near Do It Center) in Agoura Hills
and 4995 Kanan Road
bennettsbest.net

Fillmore & Western Pumpkinliner Train rides
They offer a varied of October themed train events
fwry.com/holidaytrains.html

Underwood Family Farms – Fall Harvest
Events Daily at two locations:
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark , CA 93021
and 5696 East Los Angeles Ave
Somis, CA 93066
underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch
10am to 7pm
3277 E Ojai Avenue in Ojai
Open 7 days a week
hayrides $3 for adults, $2 for children on Sat/Sun 11am to 5pm, free children’s hay maze.
“Haunted” nighttime hay rides 7-9pm Fri/Sat 10/11-12, 18-19 and 25-26.
boccalis.com/pumpkinpatch.html

McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins
9am to 6pm
5100 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura
Tractor hay rides, hay maze, horse drawn hay rides and farm animals on hand.
greatpacificpumpkins.com or call (805) 644-1235

Prancer’s Pumpkin Village
11am to 9pm weekdays and 10am to 9pm weekends
3075 Johnson Drive in Ventura
Pony rides, bouncers, hay maze, petting zoo and other activities
Admission is $4 and includes free hay ride
prancersvillage.com

The Santa Paula Rotary’s Pumpkin Patch
at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula
Open weekends in October -10am to 5pm
Gigantic corn MaiZe, hay wagon rides, the infamous “Pumpkin Chucker” and more on hand. $8 admission.

Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch
1-9pm and weekend 9am-9pm
Two locations:
Simi Valley Town Center
and Thousand Oaks at 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd
Pumpkins, petting zoo, rides, inflatable attractions and more (Free admission)
seasonaladventures.com

Photo: John Foronda

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