Webb Ranch’s annual pumpkin patch, which opened today and runs through October 31, is the usual great mix of pumpkins and kiddie fun. There are 18 varieties (pumpkins, not children) available in five colors – orange, red, white, blue, and green – grown organically on the Ranch or supplied by local farmers.
Gary Webb was putting the finishing touches on the patch this morning, trying to decide if the “guess-weight-pumpkin” that had just been delivered was worthy of the task, being on the smallish side. “I may build a pyramid of three pumpkins and call it ‘guess our weight,'” he said.
The newest variety to Webb’s patch is the Green Warty (pictured top with rat friend), which Gary said he’s nicknamed “Kermit the frog.” But for early shoppers Rebecca Montgomery and daughter Caitlan, (pictured above left), the just right pumpkin was traditional orange, all the better for carving a jack-0-lantern.
In addition to the pumpkin patch and a haunted house ($3) which are open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, there are Saturday and Sunday events for kids:
- Jumpy house ($3; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
- Pony rides ($5; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
- Petting zoo ($3; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
- Face painting ($3-6; 11:00 am to 3:00 pm)
- 45 minute hay rides ($5; 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm)
The Ranch also offers group field trips to see pumpkins on the vine and learn how they grow. To arrange a trip, contact Shyer at (925) 200-6466.