Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park

Pumpkin Pyramid

This being my fourth Fall in San Francisco I’ve finally come to terms with the evergreen leaves, sunburnt apples, and temps in the low 80s. Regardless, I have proven throughout the past 3 years that nothing is going to stop me from partaking in my favorite fall activities! This year is no different. Chris, Allison, Sam and I made Smitten Kitchen’s Apple Pie Cookies. If my post last year didn’t convince you, you should really try making them this year – they are devine. Chris made Humphry Slocombe’s 5 Spice Pumpkin ice cream. The house is decorated with our fall wreath on the dining room wall and the leaf-shaped bowls are full of candy on the coffee table. We’re even burning my favorite Yankee Candle – Autumn Wreath (or, as Chris says it – “Autumn Wrath”). We did opt out of apple picking after the past two years resulted in small, burnt apples and instead went pumpkin picking at Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park!

Welcome!

Chris loves pumpkins. (I’m more of a butternut or kabocha squash girl myself, but I can get behind pumpkins as decoration.) After our successful pumpkin picking adventure last year, Chris wanted to check out a new pumpkin place in the area and found Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park. When Kara, Eric, Chris and I arrived we were greeted by the “FWACK!!!” of a pumpkin smashed into a target by the massive pumpkin blasters.

Blasting pumpkins!

October 13th, the day we went, was the giant pumpkin weigh off! We got there just in time and there weren’t many being weighed, so we stayed for the whole weigh-in.

Excitedly watching the weigh-in.

Next to the weigh in was an amazing pumpkin carver.

The winner – 1647 lbs!

Unfortunately didn’t break the world record of 2,009 lb pumpkin weighed in at The Topsfield Fair this year, but still one massive pumpkin. After the pumpkin weighing we checked out the many children’s activities around the park. There is a corn maze, enchanted hayride, three railroads (including my favorite – the cow train), a petting zoo, pony rides, and of course – a carousel. Being way above the required height line to ride we head over to the pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins.

Yum! Dried corn?

Choosing the perfect pumpkins.

Our pumpkin!

On our way out we stopped by the Honey Hut to freak Chris out with some bees. He was surprisingly ok with them as long as they were contained in the giant wooden stand.

Listening to the hardworking bees.

After listening to the bees for awhile the man in the hut gave us a few free samples. Yum! We then loaded up the cars with our pumpkins and ended the day with the Redwood City Oktoberfest.

Men!

Beer!

What a great day! If you’d like to see more pictures from our adventure check out Chris’s flickr set and my flickr set. What Fall activities have you guys been up to?
Linzi

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