Whether you’re looking for pumpkin picking with ocean views or patches decked out with decor, Santa Cruz County has plenty of spots to get you (and your home) in the fall spirit! Check our list below for the best places to pick your perfect pumpkin in Santa Cruz County this fall!
Farmers’ market regulars will recognize Rodoni Farms, an organic farm known for their pristine artichokes and Brussels sprouts. During the fall, you can visit their picture-perfect pumpkin patch with rows of the festive squash lining a gentle hill overlooking the ocean.
4444 Cabrillo Hwy, Santa Cruz
Post Street Farm
For those sticking in Santa Cruz proper, Post Street Farm is a local favorite for fall fun. Their festive decorations, large variety of pumpkins, and other seasonal vegetables and flowers, make this urban farm a gem of the season! Make sure your phone or camera are charged – you’ll love all the photo ops at this place!
122 Post Street, Santa Cruz
Crystal Bay Farm
Located in Watsonville, Crystal Bay Farm is a fall favorite! With a variety of pumpkins and festive Halloween decor, this small local organic farm also offers u-pick sunflowers, vendors, music on the weekends, food trucks, and more! Open October 1st – 31st from 10am – 6pm on weekdays and 11am – 6pm on weekends; $2 entrance fee per person; no pets please.
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Clearview Orchards: U-Pick Apples and Pumpkins
Clearview Orchards sells fresh apples, apple juice, delicious apple turnovers, organic squash, pumpkins, dried lavender, honey, and more. The orchards are in a beautiful terraced setting overlooking the valley of Watsonville, Only 3 miles from the ocean and La Selva Beach!
646 Trabing Road, Watsonville
The Great Pumpkin Patch
Conveniently located and family-friendly, The Great Pumpkin Patch is open October 1st – 31st from 10am to 8pm. The never scary, but always festive feel, make this patch great for little ones!
2124 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz
Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo
The best of a traditional pumpkin patch, plus a petting zoo! Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch is centrally located in Soquel and is open from 10am to 7:30pm every day for the month of October. The petting zoo is available on weekends from 12pm to 7:30pm. In addition to their pumpkins and petting zoo, Sunnyside also has gourds, squash, a gift shop, games, photo ops, a graveyard, and a jump house!
2831 Daubenbiss Avenue, Soquel
Fambrini’s Farm Fresh Produce
Fambrini’s Farm Fresh Produce is a quaint farm stand with some of the best strawberries on the coast. Pop into the cozy barn shop to nab fresh veggies and fragrant lavender bouquets. During the month of October, you can also take home a pumpkin or two.
Roughly three miles south of Davenport on Highway 1
Swanton Berry Farm
You’ll want to pull over when you see the old yellow pick-up truck that marks the incredibly charming Swanton Berry Farm. Swing open the screen door and step into the cozy farm stand teeming with a giddy assortment of strawberries, jams you can sample, pies, cobblers, warm cider, and pumpkins. Once you’ve assembled your sweet haul, plop some money into the honor system till and dig in at the blue picnic tables outside.
25 Swanton Road, Davenport
And of course, if you’d rather pick your pumpkins (and gourds) as you shop the vast agricultural abundance of the county, stop by one of our farmer’s markets! With a market nearly every day of the week, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the farmers’ bounty! See the farmer’s market locations and schedules here.
Happy fall and happy pumpkin picking in Santa Cruz County!