The season opening for La Familia Ranch's pumpkin stand is Saturday, September 29.
They will have jack o' lanterns, giant pumpkins, mini 'pumpkins', rouge d'temps, all types of gourds, winter squash, broom corn, sunflowers and other fall decoratives.
This family-run stand is on the home ranch and will include (by the weekend of Oct 6) a farm animal "petting zoo": sheep, calf and cow, pigs, goats, chickens, etc,.
This is a casual and sane alternative to the other very commercialized farm stands on the central coast. I like it because it is on an old operating (c 1890's?) central coast ranch, so kids get the feel of what a real ranch is like. The family is wonderful and very down to earth, and work the stand themselves.
And, fair prices so you can really stock up with a great assortment.
Highly recommended for families and kids!
Take the Los Osos Vallley Rd. exit north or southbound from 101 in San Luis Obispo. Drive about 5 miles out toward Los Osos on LOVR. to sign at driveway for La Familia Ranch: "Pumpkins". Use caution on the one lane driveway. Plenty of parking near the farmstand.
**Note: it can be chilly when the wind is coming up the valley from the ocean. Dress kids warmly!