Thursday, October 16, 2008

More Pumpkin Love…

I am lucky to live very close to two places I can load up on pumpkins and other squash without spending a fortune. One of them is Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens Pumpkin Patch.

There aren't that many places where it is as appropriate to take your kids as it is to take a date. This is one of them. There is a corn maze, a bale pyramid (with 1356 bales of hay, where you can take in the best view of the farm), a mini hay maze, and on weekends there are hourly hayrides.

In the shop at Bastiao Farms you can buy decorative items like indian corn, jams, and there are a few vegetables in a cooler by the register. Don't miss their sweet corn... it's delicious and even better on the grill. I even bought one and chopped it up over a salad without cooking it at all. I also picked up a few orange bell peppers, which are normally outrageously priced in a grocery store.

Now more than ever it is so important to buy local. It's so much more of an experience to choose a pumpkin from the place where it was grown, rather than from a market that also sells sneakers or Windex or cereal. :)

There's a coupon in the Natomas Shopper for a free mini pumpkin when you visit.

Bastiao Farms is located at 3845 El Centro Rd. For more information call (916) 925-2947. They are open 10am to 7pm, 7 days a week.


amypatrick said...

Sadie loves fresh squash and yams and all that beta carotene goodness. It looked really great. We are doing some pumpkin stuff next weekend.

cakegrrl2007 said...

How fun! I bet she is growing up so fast! :)

Eileen and Karen said...

where on El Centro is that? I'm out that way to see my horses a couple of times a week.