Prime picking for pumpkins

Paisley Arballo, 2, sits atop a mound of festive squash at Hollister’s Swank Farms—open through the end of October.

For much of the country, the fall season means cooler weather, changing leaves and pumpkin spice. Where there is no cool weather to be had, we’ll settle for pumpkins—lots of them—in all shapes and sizes.

And Hollister’s Swank Farms caters to the cause.

Swank’s annual Fall Festival features a wide variety of attractions and activities, all themed on the harvest season—pig races, a bee garden, mazes both for children and former children, a cow train, pumpkin slingshots and corn cannons.
For families interested in a spooky Halloween experience, Swank farms upholds the feel of all Hallows Eve with its “Gorechard” attraction, a haunted tour through the farm’s cherry orchard.

The festival runs Thursdays through Sundays (plus Halloween, which is a Wednesday this year).

Read more about local pumpkin farms in this week’s San Benito magazine.

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