Fall is upon us Angelenos and that means that the weather gets slightlycooler and (in most places) there is a crisp new scent to the air. It also means that pumpkin patches crop up everywhere. Sure you can go to your local store or to the “patch” on the next block but why not venture out to the fields this year?
This weekend, my husband and I had the pleasure of going to Lombardi Ranch in Santa Clarita. Along the way we drove by ranches and farmland that make you feel more like you are in the mid-west. After about 4 miles on Bouquet Canyon Road you stumble upon Lombardi. Well…maybe stumble is not the right word.
Lombardi Ranch is hard to miss, people direct you where to park and there is a big sign that reads “pumpkins.” Upon our arrival, the local Saugus High School band had just started playing which added to the excitement.
Oh! The pumpkins are amazing. Although they are already picked from the patch, you still feel as though you are out in the field. Big “Mac” pumpkins, tiny pumpkins and all sizes in between mean that there are choices to be made. The various and vibrant shades of orange and all of the white pumpkins too, make the decision about which one to take home even more difficult! The pumpkin pictured is the one we finally chose – we loved the huge stem!
The ranch is surrounded by corn fields and those up for a little challenge can try out the corn maze. They also sell fresh corn on the cob, which is delicious!! If you are longing to take home some of the savory goodness, you can stop by their on-site market to buy some corn at 75 cents a piece. And who can resist purchasing their other fresh produce – peaches, peppers, apples, egg plant, squash and more!!
The ranch is a great place to take the family and there is a lot to do and see that would please the little ones. There is a small menagerie, which include animals that you would expect to see on a farm, chickens, pigs, turkeys, sheep and a llama. Oh my!
Pumpkins, corn, fresh produce, a petting zoo and local entertainment make the Lombardi Ranch a definite place for a fall visit and to take some great pictures. It might mean a little of a drive but what a way to spend a Fall hour. For more information click here: Lombardi Ranch