Pick a peck of pumpkins at these local farms this fall:

Bates Nut Farm

It's a classic San Diego destination in the fall and perfect for picking pumpkins. The sprawling pumpkin patch and farm is way out in Valley Center and open every day until Halloween from 9am to 5pm. Don't miss the cute general store where they sell dried nuts and fruits and other holiday gift items.

Got Gourds?

The Welburn Gourd Farm in Fallbrook is the largest supplier of hard-shell gourds in the country, and it's open to the public daily from 10am to 4pm. There are piles and piles of gourds in every shape, colors and size available for purchase at wholesale prices. Check out their website for centerpiece ideas, tips on how to paint a gourd and more.

Lavender Hill Pumpkins

Rows and rows of pumpkins are available for the picking at this sprawling Fallbrook farm, open to the public on weekends until the end of October.

Oma's Pumpkin Patch

Oma's got more than just rows of pumpkins for the pickin'. There's also dairy tours, a petting zoo and a Christmas tree farm. The pumpkin patch is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm until November 6. Oma's got a great list of fun facts about pumpkins on the website, too.

Summers Past Farms

Pumpkin patch for the kids and a gourmet coffee bar for the parents--it's the perfect way to spend a fall day in Alpine. The pumpkin patch is open until sundown on weekends until the end of October, and Summers Past also has a great herb garden, gift shop and hands-on area where they hold workshops and classes on soap-making, gardening and more.

Pumpkin Station

If you don't want to trek out to the country, Pumpkin Station manages 5 patches at strip malls and neighborhood spots throughout the city: National City, El Cajon, Mission Valley, Rancho Bernardo and Chula Vista. Parking is free at each of their locations, and each one also offers extras like a petting zoo, hay rides and bounce houses for the kids.

Mountain Valley Ranch

Pumpkins available for the pickin' in all shapes and sizes, plus a corn maze and lots of festive, holiday decorations and activities for the family. Open seven days a week until 6p.m. Thanks to our online readerĀ  "Candied Apple Crystal" for the tip!

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