Monday, October 11, 2004

World's Smallest Pumpkin Patch

following is a post I made to my PlayDATE blog about our ride to Valley Ford........little different angle

World's Smallest Pumpkin Patch
Last weekend I went on a great bicycle ride with my friend Robin. We left from her house in Petaluma, rode to Valley Ford, then to Tomales and then back to her house. Aside from the fact that there were a few too many hills, it was a fun ride.When Robin and I go for our weekend rides we're always on the lookout for a fun diversion. One ride we found ourselves on West Dry Creek Road during the barrel tasting weekend; lot's of wine, food, live music. Another time we were in Duncan Mills when there happen to be an opening at one of the art galleries....another opportunity for food, wine, live music and art! We've discovered bakeries, botanical gardens, forgotten road side attractions and one of two (or is that three) Hand Fan Museums in the's in Healdsburg. You get the idea, we're always falling into some wonderful little discovery. Last weekend was no exception. We stopped at pumpkin patch that is billing it's self as "The World's Smallest".The Tatanka Farm is in Valley Ford, right on Valley Ford Road, east of "town". "The World's Smallest Pumpkin Farm" as they call themselves is very charming indeed. The "farm" is a 4H project for the three children, Brittany, Taylor and Alex. The kids have set up booths with craft projects for kids to do, refreshments for sale, fresh baked banana bread to take home, Mason jars lined up to fill with sunflower bouquets and games. There are Llamas and they will have their goats out to visit with and their uncle will be playing live music every weekend between now and Halloween.We arrived just as they were setting up so it wasn't in full swing yet but it looks like just the kind of thing I would have liked to take my kids to............not too big and commercial, fun, simple stuff put on by three kids and their mom.If you're looking for a fun and simple thing to do this weekend check out the Tatanka Pumpkin Farm 14270 Valley Ford Road, Valley Ford.In case you don't know where Valley Ford is, it is south-west of Sebastopol, probably less than a half hour from Santa Rosa........hwy 12 west through Sebastopol (becomes Bodega Hwy) just past the town of Freestone (great bakery there), left (or south) to Valley Ford. Drive through Valley Ford (cafe and market on the left) look for Tatanka Farms on the left..........Tatanka is a native American word (Lakota I think) for buffalo.
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