Fall Family Adventure

This Fall Enjoy the Abundance of the Season

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.

Day 1

Breakfast

Start your pumpkin-hunting weekend off with a quick stop at Upper Crust Bakery. Located in the heart of downtown Chico, the bakery offers an abundance of wholesome handmade baked goods from cinnamon rolls and cookies to quiches and scrambles.

Pumpkin Patch

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.

Lunch

For an easy farm fresh lunch Farm Star pizza offers hand stretched pizzas, as well as appetizers, salads and desserts. They are committed to using locally sourced and organic products wherever possible.

Go Nuts

Fall family adventures happen every weekend in October at Maisie Jane’s. Create your jack-o’-lantern with exotic white ghost and blue pumpkins. There are pumpkin relays and other kid-friendly activities happen throughout the weekend.

Day 2

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.

Candy Shop

All of this pumpkin picking is leading up to Halloween so we must include a stop at Joy Lyn’s Candies. Her wonderful handmade candies, autumn inspired chocolate covered apples, and Halloween specialty gifts make for a delicious and spooky treat.

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.

History

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

Kid Friendly

Butte County offers a variety of lodging options that welcome your kiddos and your fur babies, check options here.