Ken Tanaka On the Annual Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms

He shares the fun activities typically available at the annual pumpkin patch.

Activities …
Normally, we have a wagon ride around the farm and petting zoo. On the weekends, we have a pumpkin cannon, games, and of course the u-pick pumpkins. We also have a corn maze and a sunflower patch.

How the pumpkin patch started …
It was pretty much out of necessity. Back in the late ’80s and ’90s, we were mainly a wholesale farm with a couple of roadside stands. We had a main stand in Cypress, and in 1998 we were about to lose that piece due to development. My mom used to take my kindergarten class and preschool class to see the farm, pick vegetables, pick pumpkins, and thought it would be a good idea to open that to the public. So that’s how the pumpkin patch and all our tours came about.

What makes this patch unique …
Probably one of the biggest attractions is the u-pick vegetables. I mean, you could go to any pumpkin patch, get your pumpkins, do the games and everything, but one of (our) main things is the u-pick. Kids actually get to pick their vegetables out of the ground. There are carrots, radishes, green onions, and green beans. So they get their hands dirty and it’s hands-on for the kids. You can’t really get that at any other pumpkin patch.

Register to visit Tanaka Farms’ drive-thru pumpkin farm or book a u-pick pumpkin wagon ride.

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