Open Daily through November 25, 9am – 5pm M-F, 8:30 – 6pm Weekends

Win a Family Getaway to the Farm in a Stretch Limo!

For more than forty years, Bates Nut Farm’s 100-acre farm has been providing a breathtaking setting for visitors of all ages.

Big Mac Jack ‘O Lantern pumpkins in a variety of sizes and shapes, mini pumpkins, decorative gourds, corn stalks and hay bales are all available in their famous Pumpkin Patch. There will be special events throughout October and November including a Pumpkin Festival, a Scarecrow Contest, a Nuts for the Arts Festival and family-oriented activities such as a costume parade, costume contests, a straw maze, tractor hay rides, and a petting zoo. On weekends there are pony rides, face painting, barbeque and delicious food and drinks and live musical entertainment. Grab a wheelbarrow and go right out into their 15 acre pumpkin patch to choose your own Big Mac – sometimes weighing anywhere from 50–200 pounds!

In addition to all the great events and activities on the farm, a visit to the Bates Nut Store is an amazing treat unto itself. There you’ll find, holiday gifts, gift packs, gift baskets, unique Halloween and Christmas supplies, and a huge assortment of dried fruit, glazed fruit, raw, roasted and salted nuts, chocolates, sugar free candy, snacks and so much more!

Pumpkins date back 5,000 years to our Native Americans who used the fruit for food and medicine. Early American settlers actually came up with a sort of pumpkin pie by removing all the seeds, and adding milk, honey and spices then baking it over a low hot fire.

People from all over the world grow and compete in the harvesting of Giant Pumpkins. A man by the name of Bruce Whitter from New Hampshire, grew one of the largest weighing 1,458 pounds. The Annual Pumpkin Festival in Port Elgin Canada attracts more than 50,000 visitors that watch growers compete in the world’s title for largest vegetables/fruits grown.

Bates Nut farm is located nearby in Valley Center at 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Go east on Hwy 78 to the end and turn right on Broadway and then left on Washington. Then go left on East Valley Parkway towards Valley Center and turn right on Woods Valley Road. Bates Nut Farm is on the left side. Call (760) 749-3333 or visit

Win a Family Getaway and Take the Family in a Stretch Limo!

The North County Sun and along with Bates Nut Farm and NorthStar Limos want to treat you and your family to a day on the farm! Two families will win a special day on the farm and one will win the Grand Prize and ride to the farm in style in one of NorthStar’s luxury limousines. Once there, you will get a free ride on the Tractor Hay Ride Wagon, tickets to the Straw Maze, a $20 gift certificate to use in the Pumpkin Patch or in the Country Store, and you’ll get to take home a Giant Big Mac Pumpkin!



Bates Nut Farm’s famous Pumpkin Patch

Is open daily from 9:00 – 5:30 M – F, and 8:30 – 6:00 on weekends. Grab a barrel and pick your own pumpkin. There are several types of pumpkins and squash to choose from.

October 6 and 7

“Pumpkin Festival” Craft Fair and live entertainment.

Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. See beautiful jewelry, woodworking, candles, toys, and many other handmade and one-of-a kind items. The Valley Center Lions Club will be serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage from 7 am to 10 am.

October 13 – 21st

Annual Scarecrow Contest.

Friends and families have enjoyed designing and building a scarecrow to exhibit in the Bates Pumpkin Patch. Each entry receives a free Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin and a certificate of participation. Bring scarecrows and a completed registration form to Bates before 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13th. Cash prizes and Bates Gift Certificates are awarded through fourth place at the 1pm awards ceremony. Registration forms are available at

October 13 and 14

“Nuts for the Arts” Fine Art show and sale

More than 50 artists will be at Bates Nut Farm displaying their original artwork from 9:30 – 4:30. In addition to the beautiful artwork, there will be live music and food. For more information or an exhibitor’s application, call Dallas Clites at (760) 751-1926 or email

October 27 and 28

Costume Parades & Contests

Saturday’s contest begins at 1pm, with several categories offered for children and adults alike, with Bates Bucks awarded through third place in each age category. The 5th annual “Howl-O-Ween” Doggie Costume Contest is Sunday 10/28 at 11am. Bring your special four legged friend dressed up in their favorite costume, and compete for prizes!

November 3

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