The Pumpkin Region

 

Welcome to Pumpkin Country

Pick your own produce from the bounty of Half Moon Bay pumpkin farms, farmers’ markets, nurseries, and dairies that make this region a mecca for foodies and green thumbs. You can find ultra-fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products all year round, and the local nurseries are just as abundant ?if it grows in California, it grows in Half Moon Bay. But the Pumpkin Region really lives up its name during the fall. From pie pumpkins to white pumpkins, small ones and tall ones, jack-o-lanterns and ceramic pumpkins, you’re sure to find the perfect one. Just remember the number one rule: don’t ever pick the first pumpkin you see – it can bring bad luck on Halloween night!

‘Green Thumb’ Paradise

 

Known as “California farm-to-market country,” Half Moon Bay’s Pumpkin Region is one of the truly special natural wonders on the West Coast. Charming farmer’s markets, dairies, working farms, and nurseries dot the region. You can forage for super-fresh fruits, crisp vegetables, and dairy products all year round at wonderful spots like Lemos Farm and Pastorino Farm. If you’re cultivating a green thumb, stop by any Half Moon Bay nursery for tips on how to transform your garden into your own little slice of Heaven. In the fall, Half Moon Bay becomes the “Pumpkin Capital of California” with hayrides, haunted houses, and sprawling pumpkin patches as far as the eye can see. Once winter sets in, a number of Bay Area farms transform into enchanting holiday wonderlands, where you can shop for the perfect Christmas tree along with home-grown food items, gifts, and crafts.

Andreotti Family Farm, visit the family on their farm and check out their charming barnyard, where you’ll find homegrown produce alongside local fruit and honey. Then scour the stands for the freshest row crops.

Yerba Buena Nursery, specializing in quality plants native to California. Yerba Buena Nursery features drought tolerant native plants, garden consultation and design services, and plant delivery.

Repetto’s Greenhouse Florist, also delivering fresh flowers and gifts.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm, Offers a fun, family atmosphere in a relaxing country setting where everyone is welcome (seasonal).

Pastorino Farms, forage through this year-round retail nursery for plants, cut flowers, and gifts. Pastorino’s offers a friendly and beautiful setting for birthday parties and corporate events among fresh flower fields and plant greenhouses.

Lemos Farm, round up the kids and bring ’em to Lemos for pony rides, train rides and interactive fun, including a petting zoo and the OK Play Corral and the Dig Zone Tractor.

La Nebbia Winery, sip and savor this enchanting winery’s complex, full-bodied red wines in the picturesque hills of Half Moon Bay.

Colquhoun Glass Works, browse a bright, colorful assortment of blown glass orchids, fruits and vegetables, bowls, and collectibles, or sign up for a weekend glass blowing class and create your own memento.

Farmer’s Markets & Fruit Stands Galore

Farmer’s markets and fruit stands reap the bountiful abundance of produce from some of the most fertile farmland in the West.  Take home fresh local fruit and vegetables, eggs, tasty breads and pastries, artisan goat cheese, freshly caught fish, and regional honey.

For a complete listing of area markets, visit the San Mateo County Manager’s Office website.

tons of pumpkins are grown by Half Moon Bay area farmers every year

Estimated varietals of pumpkins grown in the region

Number of years the Arata Pumpkin Farm has been in operations -- the oldest in the region

Weight in pounds of the largest pumpkin from the 2013 season