October is all about autumn leaves, pumpkin and Halloween. There are a couple of small pumpkin patches nearby and we have been thinking of visiting one. But due to one reason or the other, it got pushed off.. And, yesterday we got to visit the biggest pumpkin patch of the Bay Area. Yeeeeeaaa..
It was on the way that we thought about what exactly is a pumpkin patch. None of us knew. We asked Google – the man of all solutions. Originally, a pumpkin patch was the area of a garden where the pumpkins were planted and tended. The word “patch” has been used to describe a plot of land. In modern use, a pumpkin patch typically describes a farm or establishment in rural areas that stocks a large amount of pumpkins in the month of October. Families go to the pumpkin patch to select their pumpkins for carving, a Halloween tradition in the United States. Pumpkin patches are either Pick-from-the-fields or already harvested.
Uesugi Farms is an actual farm where pumpkins are grown. Their pumpkin patch is hugeeee and a typical one – corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin blasters, hay jump, pumpkin based dishes and entertainment.
To as huge as these:
But what we saw was nothing. The biggest pumpkin weighed here is 2036 lb in 2013 (around 923kg) . Just think of it.. 1745 lbs is the highest weighed this year.
And varieties of corn
And look at this pumpkin pyramid
It seems over 4000 pumpkins are required to cover the pyramid. See the making pic in their FB page.
We tasted a bunch of pumpkin themed treats – pumpkin bread, pie and ice cream.
These are the other delicacies in the menu
Wherever you turn, you will be awe struck with the vibrant colors of pumpkins, gourds, corns and marigolds.
Since we had a couple of kids in our group, we skipped the corn maze. Corn grows 8 or 9 feet tall in good weather and creates a thick , impenetrable maze. The farmer uses a tractor equipped with GPS to cut a pattern of paths into the field. The pattern is usually only visible from the air, but on the ground it is a gre at maze. They can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to find your way out. Help is usually available, if needed, and there are often signs with puzzles to solve or clues to help.
We were all tired by the hot sun. Kids, who were all enthusiastic didn’t want to take the train ride when it was time for it finally. We went for the hay ride. The tractor pulled hayride was fun. The seats were hay bales too. It was a 20 minutes trip through the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of the farm in a tractor – to the pumpkin land, sunflower gallery, and the spectacular Marigold land, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It’s a must see!
I am not sure if we will be in US to see another pumpkin patch next year. But this was a one of a kind experience. We are so glad that we could make it. It was an amazing experience.