The leaves are turning and the morning air is crisp, so grab a sweater, pack the kids, and spend a few days experiencing Autumn Harvest on some very special farms. Whether you prefer hunting the perfect pumpkin, going for hayrides, or picking your own apples, here’s one thing we can all agree on: Exploring together is how memories are made. Here are some ideas for how you can enjoy the abundance of the season.
Your first pumpkin stop should be at Peterson Sisters Pumpkin Patch where you can enjoy fresh baked pumpkin goods and a trip through the hay maze. Originally the project of the sisters while they were in high school, they now operate this land with volunteers from the Future Farmers of America. They grow an assortment of pumpkins, including Giant Pumpkins – which aren’t for the faint of heart. Make sure you check their operating hours; the sisters’ pumpkin patch is only open Friday from 3:00pm to sunset and Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to sunset.
Farm Animals and Hayrides
Each year, the Moss family opens their farm to the public for the Fall Pumpkin Patch festival. Grab a wagon and take a stroll among the over 14 varieties of pumpkins in the pumpkin field. There are also hay rides, a hay bale obstacle course, and a country store with gourmet products available for purchase. The entire farm experience is enhanced with the opportunity to pet and feed the farm animals.
Apple Picking and Hot Cider
Start your day off in Paradise. It wouldn’t be a Fall Adventure without a cup of hot apple cider and the feeling of tugging an apple free from the tree then eating right there in the orchard. This and more can be enjoyed at Noble Orchards. Their farm-stand is full of apples providing pie and canning inspiration as well as Laurie Noble’s famous apple butter.
Pumpkins and Animals
In addition to their Fall Pumpkin Patch, the Book family is passionate about growing healthy food and use their farm to inform both children and adults about real food. They teach that “it matters what you eat and what you eat, eats too!” They grow grass fed beef, pastured pork, and pastured poultry. All of their products are only sold on the farm.
Step back in time at the Patrick Ranch Autumn Fest. Every weekend in October the historic ranch offers house tours, pony cart and tractor rides, and plenty of pumpkins. The museum is dedicated to enhancing people’s understanding and appreciation of the community’s rich agricultural heritage. It is also a great place to bring a picnic!
Butte County Lodging
Butte County offers a variety of lodging options that welcome your kiddos and your fur babies, check options here.