Last weekend we drove over the mountains to gorgeous Half Moon Bay on a quest to find two little pumpkins for our two little pumpkins. Five miles south of the 92 on Highway 1 we found a quaint little pumpkin patch called Bob’s Vegetable Stand and Pumpkin Farm.
Their pumpkin farm is a large open area along the coast complete with farm animals, an old truck and a couple of huge haystacks for the kids to climb on. There were no large blowup jumping things, no silly mazes and no gimmicky trinkets to sell you on the way out. Our kind of place. The staff are as nice as can be and welcome you like family when you arrive.
We carefully made our way through the pumpkin patch and found a unique selection of round and oddly shaped pumpkins growing on the vine, ready for pickin’. The kids had a great time getting muddy, riding in the wheelbarrow and sitting on top of the biggest pumpkins they could find.
While we were out there trudging around in the large field with fog lingering off in the distance, I couldn’t stop thinking about Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch waiting for the great pumpkin to appear. I saw “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” so many times as a kid, how could I not think about it while I was out there? The fog made it a little spooky and fun too.
I also kept thinking about the time, many years ago, I spent with my grandmother in her big vegetable garden in rural Mississippi. It’s funny how certain experiences, aromas and objects can bring back such wonderful memories from childhood. I remember her laugh and her smile and how happy she was to point out each plant, its name and why she was growing it.
It’s simple things like just being outdoors with family that make up the best childhood memories – memories that children cherish for years to come.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area in September and October (or anytime of the year really), Half Moon Bay is a great place to take the kids for a fun day outdoors – it has a small town feel that will make you want to stay. The main street shops have all things pumpkin and there are several farms and beaches nearby. San Gregorio State Beach is just perfect for kids.
Where did you find your pumpkins this year? Feel free to leave us a comment below.