To answer this question, I took my little mini-me straight to the source (or so he thinks)– we headed to the pumpkin patch. After a quick Google of the best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area, I decided to make a little mini-trip of it and we drove all the way to Rodoni Farms Pumpkin Patch in Santa Cruz on Highway 1. It might have been a bit of a drive for a wee-pumpkin, but it was well worth it.
Rodoni Farms had a couple acres of pumpkins to choose from. Big pumpkins, small pumpkins, orange pumpkins, white pumpkins, smooth pumpkins, and bumpy pumpkins. In addition to their large varieties of pumpkins, they offer other fun activities for the whole family including a playground of haystacks and a very exhausting corn maze.
Pumpkins range from $3 for a small one to about $10 for a regular size pumpkin. My son, like last year, choose a small one. He seems to prefer pumpkins that he can actually carry. You will need cash or check, as Rodoni doesn’t accept debit cards. You should also pack a lunch. The corn maze had us both thirsty and hungry.
What’s best about this Santa Cruz pumpkin patch is it’s directly across the street from the ocean, so bring your beach gear.