Petaluma has become Pumpkin Central, with enough patches to keep any indecisive shopper occupied for a day. Here’s where to find them.
Adobe Pumpkin Farm: Corn maze, farm animals, coffee barn, haunted barn for youngsters, small jumpie. Weekends: DeMille Manor haunted house, pumpkin fairy godmother, hay ride, pony ride, barbecue, taco stand, farmers market, Christmas shop, Adobe Marketplace local crafts and artisans. Weather permitting. Free parking. $3- $5 for activities. Daily, 10 a.m. to dusk. 2478 E. Washington St. at Adobe Road. 763-6416. www.adobepumpkinfarm.com
Anderson Organic Vegetable Stand & Pumpkin Patch: Two-acre corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid, mini-train ride, hay ride, U-pick pumpkins. Tours of the farm available by reservation only. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking and admission free. Hay ride and maze $5. 4588 Bodega Ave. at Skillman. 338-3363.
Great Peter Pumpkin Patch: Dig potatoes, milk a cow, pet farm animals, wagon ride. Now until October 31. Daily, 9 a.m. to dusk. Spring Hill Jersey Cheese Co., 4235 Spring Hill Road. 762-3446. www.springhillcheese.com.
McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Farm: Hands on farm experience allows families to pet baby calves, goats, and chickens while choosing the perfect pumpkin at the dairy farm. Every day there is a scheduled farm tour that includes a visit to the nursery, milking a cow by hand, and learning about the farm’s history. Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6475 Bodega Ave. (707) 664-0452 www.mcclellandsdairy.com
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch Amazing Corn Maze: Possibly the most popular of all the pumpkin patches, as this is the one causing the traffic jam on 101 entering Petaluma. Petting zoo, four-acre corn maze, Halloween jumpie, weekend barbeques and 4H bake sale. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5 day; Night Maze on Friday-Saturday 6-10 p.m., $9. Pony rides, $5. Free admission to the pumpkin patch. Open till November 1. 550 Stony Point Road. 781-3132. www.petalumapumpkinpatch.com
Peterson’s Pumpkins: Feed the animals, observation beehive, picnic area. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pumpkins are going fast, call to check if any are left. 636 Gossage Ave. 765-4582. www.petersonsfarm.com.
— Crissy Dillon, 707.pressdemocrat.com