Growing up in San Francisco, I have many fond memories of heading out to Half Moon Bay and running around fields filled with pumpkins. For a city girl any chance of experiencing farm life was eagerly anticipated, especially around autumn when the farms seemed particularly magical.
So naturally I was excited to introduce Mustafa to a bit of childhood nostalgia when we headed up north to a recommended pumpkin patch near the college town of Davis.
The only issue was that it was 90 degrees and in the open fields the heat felt relentless.
Pumpkin patches nowadays are nothing like they were when I was little. There are many more thrills and attractions like the pumpkin canon, which propels pumpkins 50 feet in the air and a corn feed where they fill a giant tub of corn for the kids to muck around in.
The highlight was a ginormous corn maze that supposedly takes two hours to navigate your way out of. Although for the slightly claustrophobic like me, this sounds like a death wish.
It turns out that we had become soft in our city-dwelling ways, because half an hour in the heat and dust we decided to hightail it out of there and escaped to nearby Davis for some shelter in an air-conditioned coffee shop. Go figure.
Wandering around downtown Davis later on we easily built up an appetite walking along the tree-lined streets and admiring all the street art.
Davis is known for being the home of University of California Davis, where bicycles easily outnumber the cars. We got to explore the campus a bit after dinner as the sun was setting, but I would like to go back to be able to explore it further, especially the famed 100-acre arboretum.
Davis, we’ll be back.
If you go…
Cool Patch Pumpkins is a great place to spend the day, whether you are picking up pumpkins or want to conquer the giant corn maze. Make sure to pick a day when the weather is not too warm, trust me.
Pachamama Coffee Cooperative serves coffee that is rich and smooth and best of all the coffee comes directly from and profits small-scale farmers in Africa and Latin America.
For a sushi fix, Mikuni does not disappoint. Lots of creative rolls and classics as well.
We didn’t make it to Burgers & Brew this time around, but it is definitely on our list for next time. Great atmosphere with plenty of outdoor seating.
The UC Davis Arboretum is known for its beautiful gardens. Free admission. Open 24 hours a day.