Postcards from the Pumpkin Patch

yucaipa pumpkin patch; best pumpkin patch ever

 

Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch, my pumpkins? I’m sure my Mom will protest otherwise (sorry, Mamala!), but I’d never really been to a pumpkin patch before (I only recall picking up pumpkins from the supermarket). So, when we stumbled upon the Live Oak Canyon pumpkin patch in Yucaipa while on a random road trip, I was instantly smitten.

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch; live oak canyon pumpkin patch in yucaipa, california; where to go pumpkin picking in southern california

 

From the highway, I spotted these giant pumpkins on top of the hill and had to find out more. Wanna come along for a field trip?

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch; live oak canyon pumpkin patch in yucaipa, california; where to go pumpkin picking in southern california

 

Okay, let’s go! You can take a hay ride around the patch (which K snickered at because it was about 5 minutes long, but I enjoyed it with the enthusiasm of a 5-year-old), or you can stroll around on foot. We did both!

 

yuicapa pumpkin patch

 

I had my eyes peeled the entire time for Cabbage Patch Kids, but only saw regular-sized kids (total bummer!). However, there was a corn maze, carnival-like rides and games, and food stalls to make up for the lack of CPKs.

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch; live oak canyon pumpkin patch in yucaipa, california; where to go pumpkin picking in southern california

 

I’m not a total city slicker, but I was surprised to see so many different varieties of pumpkins. I’d only really ever seen the traditional orange ones…

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch; live oak canyon pumpkin patch in yucaipa, california; where to go pumpkin picking in southern california

 

But there were white pumpkins and green pumpkins and even pumpkins that looked like heirloom tomatoes on steroids.

 

sunflowers; photo by kellygolightly.com

 

How cute is this chubby guy?

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch; live oak canyon pumpkin patch in yucaipa, california; where to go pumpkin picking in southern california

 

You can pick pumpkins from the patch or select from tables full of pumpkins. We picked up three from a table (okay, maybe I am a city slicker): a baby orange one, a large white one, and a squat greenish heirloom tomato-looking one. We promptly named our pumpkins Oranjina, Whitey, and Sally Tomato, respectively.

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch; live oak canyon pumpkin patch in yucaipa, california; where to go pumpkin picking in southern california

 

We were told that if you keep your pumpkins dry and don’t cut them (no Jack-o-Lanterns!), they can last for up to a year.  A year?! Did you know that? I had no idea. If you’re setting your pumpkins outside, it’s good to prop them up on hay so they will stay dry (our pumpkins are city slickers like us, so they hang out mostly indoors, unless I’m their nanny is taking them for a stroll in their baby carriage – kidding, well, so far…).

 

sunflowers; photo by kellygolightly.com

 

In addition to the adorable pumpkins, there were also fields of spectacular sunflowers. It felt very Under the Tuscan Sun, but with kiddie rides and funnel cake!

 

sunflowers

 

Apparently the sunflowers are grown to attract bees, bees which will also then help pollinate the pumpkins (scandalous!). Some of the sunflowers were as big as my face! They were amazing.

 

sky

 

 

Also amazing: the sky.

 

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch

 

Oh, and if you’re wondering what to wear to a pumpkin patch, I’d say comfort is key. While I wasn’t expecting to visit a pumpkin patch on this particular day, my daily uniform of an easy breezy dress and comfy flat sandals did the trick. I also happened to have my favorite accessory on me!

 

 

  • Hudson Beth Crop Baby Boot

     

  • Asos Shoes Asos Madge Suede Tassel Loafer
  • Lifetime Collective The New Dreams Top in Navy Red Plaid
While this outfit works in Southern California’s 80-degree temps, a cute plaid shirt and cropped jeans would be my pick in any other climate.

 

 

 

  • Asos Shoes Asos Madge Suede Tassel Loafer

     

  • Ralph Lauren Golf Riley Stretch Poplin Shirt
  • ASOS Collection Asos Midi Skirt in Oversized Check
Or something very Roman Holiday-esque like a midi plaid skirt and a white poplin shirt. Add cute suede loafers to either ensemble and you’re all set.

 

yucaipa pumpkin patch

 

 

Those are my postcards from the pumpkin patch! Have you ever been pumpkin picking? Do you love pumpkin patches, too? I’ll be in Atlanta this week, but when I’m back I’d love to go apple picking next… Any recommendations, my dears?

 

p.s. Speaking of pumpkins, do you have any fun Halloween plans? Last year this was SO fun, I’m hoping to go again!

 

 

 

 

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