San Francisco's favorite National Park attractions may be closed, but Ardenwood Historic Farm pumpkin patch returns to the most colorful California farm in the Bay Area this fall. The area’s biggest, oldest and only organic farmstead pumpkin patch opened on October 7 and continues with harvest events and spooky surprises through Halloween. Located in the East Bay near Fremont, just off Highway 84, Ardenwood is a patch of history, now a publicly owned East Bay Regional Park nestled in a small forest in the hills. Settled in 1857, the extensive farmstead was named after Ardenwood, the forest in Shakespeare's play, As you like it.
The pumpkin patch has reached its peak, with corn picking, squash, pumpkins, and fall's bounty ready for harvest time in the fields. Since all of Ardenwood’s crops are organic, thousands of families look forward each year to the return of organic, heritage plantings as well as the soon-to-be jack-o-lanterns. Even international travelers will love this slice of Americana.
But, there's more to Ardenwood farm than its tasty, freshly picked produce, colorful pumpkin fields and cornstalk bales. The farm has special surprises on Harvest Festival Time weekends beginning October 13. Don't miss blacksmith demonstrations, historic horse-drawn train rides, a cafe, costumed 19th century musicians, and heritage activities like doll-making.
Reserve time to tour the famed Patterson House, the old-fashioned farmhouse at the heart of this heritage working farm. Patterson House is a 19th-century country estate including a beautiful mansion and elaborate Victorian Gardens. The Farm exhibits agricultural practices from the 1870's to the present day, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower farming. See old trains, ride a historic haunted steam train, and view old-time farm equipment.
Ardenwood Historic Farm is offering fun most weekends in October. Here's a link for more info: Ardenwood Historic Farm. Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Alternate ideas in SF area:
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20
Noe Valley Harvest Festival, October 26