Underwood Family Farms’ “Fall Farm Harvest” Begins in the Fall
The familiar orange-hued fall fun kicked off on Saturday with the opening of Underwood Family Farms’ “Fall Harvest on the Farm”.
Underwood’s large pumpkin patch in Moorpark was filled with stunned children. Live musicians performed as visitors strolled through the expansive grounds, where a range of attractions and activities – a corn maze, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and a chicken show, to begin with – left enough space between the guests.
This is the time of year when the pumpkin fields around Ventura County open up, although this year’s gourd picking has seemed sprinkled with an added touch of joy as the pandemic continues to grow. mitigate locally.
Suzannah Underwood, marketing manager for the family farm, said last year’s festival was reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions. Now, the organizers are excited to be back with themed weekends and other special activities scheduled until October 31.
On opening day, a late September morning, clear skies and bright sunshine helped put people in the mood.
“It’s like fall today,” Underwood said.
Hundreds of people showed up in the first few hours, some happy to be outside to celebrate the change of seasons.
Seth Cassell, a Woodland Hills resident, said he enjoys spending time with his family away from town. This is the first time they’ve come out where it “feels seasonal,” he said.
Los Angeles resident Felicita Lopez explained in Spanish that she was happy to be out of her home now that she is less worried about COVID.
Some made return visits.
Burbank resident Margarita Gutman visited the festival last year. Her daughter, now 4, loved the pumpkins last time around, so they made the trip again.
“We went out to get into the holiday spirit, to do something socially aloof,” Gutman said. “Something different.”
“We love it,” said Camarillo resident Phlora Valdez. “We come every year. It’s very family-friendly.”
While no outside dogs or animals are allowed, there was a pack of four-legged exceptions on hand. Volunteers from the Ventura section of Guide Dogs of America participated with puppies aged 8-20 months. Young dogs attend the festival every year to train amidst new smells, distractions and crowds of people.
The Underwood family, whose agricultural roots in Ventura County date back to 1867, also operate a smaller plot of seasonal pumpkins in their farming center in Somis.
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Suzannah Underwood said planting for this year’s festival began in April and June. In mid-August, they started processing 50 acres at the Moorpark farm for the harvest event.
“We are delighted to be joining our visitors to the farm for this event,” she said.
The Underwood event continues daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 31 at the Moorpark site, 3370 Sunset Valley Road.
Weekdays admission is $ 10, with tickets sold only at the door. Weekend tickets are sold online, with higher prices at the door for different dates. Seniors, veterans, serving military personnel, and first responders with valid ID receive a $ 2 discount. Parking is free, as are children under 2 years old. Food and drinks are sold during the event.
For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/.
Other local pumpkin plots have opened or will open soon:
- Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch at 3277 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai is scheduled to open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from October 2 to 31. Free entry.
- Prancer’s Farm in Santa Paula at 18540 E. Telegraph Road opened on Saturday, September 25. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Tickets vary from $ 7 to $ 10 depending on the date. Tickets available online at prancersfarm.com/.
- The Village of Prancer in Ventura at 3075 Johnson Drive opened on Saturday, September 25. Hours of operation are noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Ticket prices range from $ 5 to $ 8 and are available at thepracersfarm.com.
- At the Pacific View Mall in Ventura, Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch will open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting October 1.
- Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch, 12471 Foothill Road, Santa Paula. Open weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $ 10 and an additional $ 12 for “Maize Maize”. www.pumpkinpatchatlimoneiraranch.com.
- Pumpkin at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 3947 W. Kimber Drive, Newbury Park. From October 16 to 31. Hours are Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and Oct. 31 10 a.m.-4 p.m. https://ctknp.com/pumpkin-patch.
- The Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch, 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Opens October 1st. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 11 am-10pm and Sunday 11 am-9pm Closed 7 pm Oct 31st Free admission. Rides and attractions billed separately. seasonal adventures.com.
- The Simi Valley Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch, 1898, Simi Town Center Path, Simi Valley. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 9pm; Fridays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 11 am-10pm and Sunday 11 am-9pm Closed 7 pm Oct 31st Free admission. Rides and attractions billed separately. seasonal adventures.com.
Cytlalli Salgado is a breaking reporter for the Ventura County Star. She can be reached by calling 805-437-0257 or by emailing [email protected]