Let’s Celebrate Fall!

There’s something about the feel of Fall in the air that makes you want to curl up by a fire and watch football or dust off those boots and don a cozy sweater at last. Although the seasons here in sunny Southern California tend to run together, we still have traditions that help mark the new time of year. Here are some fun ways to enjoy Fall in and around the South Bay:

Pumpkin PatchesCheck out these local institutions for the perfect place to find a pumpkin!

Debbie & Jeff’s – A local favorite for over thirty years, Debbie and Jeff’s Pumpkin Patch is a crowd-pleaser. Purveyors of a terrific selection of pumpkins (as well as Christmas trees in December), Debbie & Jeff’s is an easy place to let the kids find their favorite pumpkin this year.
(Open daily, 10:00am-8:00pm at 411 S. PCH in Redondo Beach. Call 310.420.8865 for details.)

Cottone & Sons – Located just outside the Del Amo Fashion Center, Cottone & Sons is a family-owned business that began in 1959 and offers pumpkins as well as jumpers and bounce houses for the kids, pony rides, and a small “animal farm”. Plan to spend an hour or two taking it all in.
(21800 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance. Call 310.429.8983 for hours and details.)

Mr. Jones’ Pumpkin Patch – Another great option, Mr. Jones’ Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned business that has been bringing home-grown pumpkins (and Christmas trees) from their farm in Oregon to the South Bay for three generations. Offering pumpkins, a “traditional hayride” and a photo booth, Mr. Jones is a wonderful place to let the kids roam free while sipping your pumpkin spice latte.
(Open Monday through Sunday, 9:30am-10:30pm at 3825 PCH in Torrance. Call 310.897.9555 for details.)

Apple Picking Make a day of it! Pick your own apples at these family-owned farms.

Willowbrook Apple Farm – A beloved family destination with award-winning apple orchards dating back to 1910, Willowbrook Farm in Oak Glen is the perfect place to pick apples, press your own apple cider, or visit Star the donkey.
(Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm. 12099 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa. Visit willowbrookapplefarm.com.)

Stone Soup Farm and Heritage Orchard – A small, boutique apple farm featuring apple picking, a pumpkin patch, kids’ crafts, gemstone panning, and a farm shop on-site, Stone Soup Farm is only open for apple picking until October 16, so hurry up and make your plans!
(General admission for ages four and above is $5. 12131 South Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen. Visit stonesoupfarmca.com.)

Los Rios Rancho –This historic apple farm offers something for everyone – from apple picking to tractor rides, live musical entertainment and a corn maze - the list goes on. Check out their “Farm Visitors’ Itinerary” on their website to you help you plan a day of fun activities…
(39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen. Visit losriosrancho.com for hours of operation and details.)