The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
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Public Drinking Water Is Not Available.
Bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $2.00/bottle.
FOR YOUR SAFETY we recommend wearing comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Please avoid wearing sandals/flip-flops, open-toed shoes or high heels.
In complying with insurance policies, and for your protection, PETS and WAGONS are prohibited.
Pumpkin Patch Frequently Asked Questions:
(All prices subject to change in 2017)
What are the Pumpkin Patch hours?
The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 9:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm. The parking lot and entry gates close at 5:30 pm. The Pumpkin Patch runs from September 29th to October 31st.
Where is the Pumpkin Patch parking?
The parking lot is located on the left side as you drive into Strawberry Farms Road. Follow signs to the Pumpkin Patch parking. There are short term designated stalls for customers of the produce stand only. Please do not park in the Farm Direct shopping center parking lot. Weekend traffic to our farm is very heavy - parking lot directors are present to facilitate traffic during these times. Thank you for your patience and we appreciate your visit.
How much is the admission fee?
The entry fee to the Pumpkin Patch is $2 per person. Ages 2 and under are free. Admission includes enjoying all areas of the patch, all photo opportunities, the corn maze, voting in the Scarecrow Contest, and watching the pumpkin cannon on the weekends. Re-entry is permitted. Customers of the produce stand and CSA pick-up customers do not need to purchase admission unless entering the pumpkin patch.
What activities are there to do during the week?
Monday thru Friday, we have a continuous wagon ride, petting zoo, corn maze, and U-Pick vegetable patch open. Of course, we also have our acres of pumpkins and market stand available.
What is the Weekend Fall Harvest Festival?
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, in addition to the wagon ride, petting zoo, corn maze, and U-Pick patch, we also have games, ATV rides, face painting, the Pumpkin Cannon, food (shave ice, BBQ ribs and tri-tip sandwiches, tacos, lemonade, etc), and interactive activities for kids. Also, you can vote for your favorite scarecrow in our Scarecrow Contest.
Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required or accepted unless you are booking a group rate. See Group Rate info below.
What is the best time to visit the Pumpkin Patch?
Come early in October for the best photo opportunities, best selection of pumpkins in the field, and the least crowded patch experience! Most of our large school groups and field trips visit between 9 and 11 on weekday mornings. The last 2 weekends tend to be very heavy so come early in the day if you can.
Is this a guided tour?
Unlike our Strawberry and Melon Tours, the Pumpkin Patch is not a guided tour. You are free to choose which activities you'd like to do at your own pace. The wagon ride runs approximately every 15 minutes and the petting zoo and veggie patch are open all day. Feel free to just wander the patch with a $2 admission fee, or spend the day enjoying everything the patch has to offer!
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover (debit and credit). We do not accept American Express or personal checks (certain group reservations may pay with a business check). Cards are accepted in most areas including entry check-in, tickets for the wagon ride and petting zoo, market stand, and food areas. Sorry, there is no ATM on the premises.
Do you sell food and drink?
There are no public drinking facilities available on the farm. Bottled water, sodas, juices, fruit, and snacks are available for sale in the market stand. Our Food Shack is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a large variety of food and drink - BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, smoked ribs, tacos, tamales, hot dogs, lemonades, shave ice, and more. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink into the Pumpkin Patch. Picnic tables and tent areas are available. Alcohol is not allowed.
What kind of pumpkins are available?
Tanaka Farms grows pumpkins of all sizes, colors, and varieties! White, green, pink, speckled, and of course orange pumpkins. Flat ones, round ones, and bumpy ones! Our market stand also carries a variety of mini pumpkins, Wee Be Little's, Lil Tigers, organic Pie Pumpkins, as well as decorative corn, gourds, and dried corn stalks. We have wheelbarrows to use free of charge to transport your pumpkins to your car. We also carry a huge selection of pumpkin carving tools and holiday items!
What is the Pumpkin Cannon?
Watch a pumpkin being launched high into the hills! Our pumpkin cannon has come to be a fan favorite! Located at the rear of the pumpkin patch, we shoot out a pumpkin each time a wagon rides by the cannon. It is free to watch or for a fee you can blast the cannon yourself! Saturdays and Sundays only.
What animals are in the Petting Zoo?
You can pet and enjoy goats, sheep, and an alpaca in our petting zoo. Food is available to purchase to feed the animals. An adult is required to purchase a zoo entry with any child 10 or under. Thank you for being gentle with the animals! Hand washing station is available. Open daily.
What vegetables are available at the U-Pick Veggie Patch?
This year you can pick fresh carrots, cilantro, radishes, and green onions right out of the ground. Bags are provided at the patch. Just take your pickings to the market stand to pay at $2.99 per pound. Kindly pick only what you would like to purchase. Open daily.
How do we pay for the games?
You may purchase tickets to play games, blast the cannon, ride the ATV rides, do an arts & craft activity, and for the Big Digger. Tickets are $1.00 each or 22 for $20.00. You can buy tickets at the entry gate or in the game area. Each game or activity costs between 2 and 6 tickets. Face painting prices vary depending on design and run between 5 and 15 tickets.
What is the Farm Fun Value Card?
If you'd like to try each of our fun activities - you can purchase a punch card for $25 ($30 value). Available on Saturdays and Sundays, the bundle includes 1 Lil Digger, 1 Big Digger, 1 Grow the Row, 1 Flower Power, 1 arts and craft activity, 1 Pumpkin Blaster, and 1 round of Farmer Golf! The Fun Card does not include face-painting, wagon ride, or petting zoo entry. No substitutions - additional activity tickets can be purchased individually.
Are dogs allowed?
We are sorry, but due to insurance restrictions, pets are not allowed in the farm. ADA service animals are always welcome.
Are there restrooms?
We have portable restroom facilities located in different areas of the patch. Wheelchair accessible portables are also available as well as hand washing stations.
Do you offer military discounts?
Active military personnel as well as veterans are entitled to receive FREE admission, FREE, wagon ride, and FREE petting zoo entry. Valid ID is required and discount is available for the service member only. We appreciate your service!
Do you take group reservations or offer group rates?
Group rates are available for groups of 10 paying children or 15 total people or more. To qualify for a group rate, you must make an advance reservation by calling Reservations at (949) 653-2100 ext. 204.
Do you allow professional photography?
Professional photographers may conduct photo shoots at the farm. The fee for photo shoots is $50 per hour. For information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 653-2100 ext. 201, or email email@example.com.