Got Pumpkins? 7 Places to Pick Your Perfect Calabasa in SLO

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It’s pumpkin time. Not only does that mean it’s time for pumpkin-spiced everything (and we mean everything), but it’s time to go pumpkin hunting for the perfect orange orb that will add the fall touch to your décor or become the canvas for the best carved jack-o-lantern in the neighborhood.

And, sure, you can dig a big pumpkin out of the cardboard bin at the grocery store, but there’s a much more fun way to find the perfect pumpkin.

The answer? Take a trip to one of the many local pumpkin patches or pumpkin purveyors. It’s a great outing for the whole family and there’s nothing like strolling through the vines to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Even better, many pumpkin patches are fundraisers for local groups. You get a great pumpkin; they get some funds. Win, win.

Here are a few options around town, with both pick-your-own patches and places that sell pumpkins in a fun atmosphere.

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1. Avila Valley Barn. Off Highway 101 on the way to Avila Beach, Avila Valley Barn brims with its own farm-grown pumpkins. Choose one already picked or take the tractor ride out to the fields and pick your prized pumpkin. Open: Daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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2. Branch Elementary School Pumpkin Patch.
Located right next to Talley Vineyards on Lopez Drive outside of Arroyo Grande, the large patch is operated by the winery. The tranquil area encourages a quiet stroll through the pumpkin vines, and proceeds benefit Branch Elementary School. Open: Weekends in October, 10:00 am – 5:00
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3. Cornercopia Farm Stand.
This little yellow farm stand is at the corner of Crestmont Drive and Edna Valley Road / Highway 227 south of the SLO Airport. Choose from pumpkins small to large, plus gourds and other fall delights. Open: Fridays – Sundays, noon – 6:00 pm
4. County Line 4-H Club. As you drive west out of Arroyo Grande on Lopez Drive, keep an eye open on your right. There, the County Line 4-H club has its honor-system pumpkin patch. Looks for the scarecrow family to find prices by size. Pick your pumpkin and put your payment in the mailbox. Sweet little patch. Open: Always
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5. Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm.  Just a short drive up See Canyon Road, Gopher Glen has lots of pumpkins pre-picked and ready to choose from. And of course, their delicious apples in a bunch of varieties. All the pumpkins and gourds, inside and out, are for sale to take home and enjoy a touch of fall. Open: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sundays opens at 10:00)
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6. The Pumpkin Patch. Operated by the same family for five generations, this landmark and picturesque pumpkin patch is at the intersection of Edna Valley Road / Highway 227 and Biddle Ranch Road. In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, they have gourds, vegetables, and other items. Open: Fridays 3:30 – 6:00 pm; aturdays & Sundays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; otherwise on the honor system. Look for pumpkins near the stand with sizes and prices.
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7. SLO Creek Farms.
Just a short hop east from Highway 101 at the San Luis Bay Drive exit but a world away lies this  pick-your-own organic farm. In addition to pumpkins, you can pick your own vegetables and fruits in season. Open: Daily 10:00 – 5:00 pm

Where’s Your Favorite? 

Do you have a favorite pumpkin patch we didn’t mention? Please let us know so we can give it the recognition it deserves!

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