Meet the Sullivans: Pastorino's Pumpkin Farm | HMB Pumpkin Festival 2013

October 21, 2013

Pastorino's Pumpkin Farm | HMB Pumpkin Festival 2013

Yesterday we spent the morning enjoying one of our favorite Fall traditions, the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival! Keith and I have been going together since before we were even engaged and we plan to continue the tradition with our little family for years to come. (2012 and 2010)

We always start the morning off really early to beat the traffic and crowds. Half Moon Bay is a little ocean side town, and there is only one single land road leading in from the Peninsula, so it gets backed up fast. Our first stop is always the "all you can eat" Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast put on by the HMB High School Basketball Team.

One of my favorite parts is getting to pick out a new blown glass pumpkin to add to my collection. I buy them from Totally Blown Glassworks (based out of Seattle, Washington) each year -- and I think they make the best there is out there. This year I added a traditional orange one to the collection and now I have a total of four!

We had fun checking out Farmer Mike, “The Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers”, and his giant-pumpkin carving skills! Owen is really into "farmers" these days, so he enjoyed it.

We didn't want to pay the $15 to take a picture with the award wining 1,704 lb pumpkin (the largest pumpkin in the state of California), but we did get a photo in of Keith and I with these other large pumpkins! 

Owen and I in front of the biggest, heaviest pumpkin sculpture in the world, created by Lake Tahoe artist Peter Hazel.

We always stop at our friend Scott's pumpkin farm, Pastorino Farms, on our way out for a little pumpkin patch fun and to pick up our pumpkins for Halloween.Owen had a blast riding the train, the horses (twice!!!), picking pumpkins and petting the animals.

We had so much fun! Today we're having family pictures taken, so wish us luck!


And a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Amy G. for wining our Yogurtland giveaway! Amy, I sent you an email, so just send me your mailing address and I'll mail the gift card to you ASAP!


Colleen Sullivan said...

I love that glass pumpkin! I might need to start a collection of my own! Can't wait to see how your family pics turn out!

Colleen Sullivan said...

That looks like SO much fun! I especially love the glass pumpkin!

Colleen Sullivan said...

How fun!!! I love fall looks like you all had a ball!

Colleen Sullivan said...

That all looks like so much fun. Your friends farm is awesome! I wish we had a farm with that many kid friendly fall things around here. We're hitting up multiple farms to fit in all the fun fall activities.

Colleen Sullivan said...

this looks so perfectly fall. and perfectly fun. i must admit i'm so jealous, it looks like you guys had a blast, and are majorly adorable to boot!

Colleen Sullivan said...

This is SO much fun!! I love festivals like these. What an awesome tradition to continue every year. I also love those glass pumpkins, what great collectibles.

Colleen Sullivan said...

These pictures are adorable. I love your new glass pumpkin! And, now I want pancakes.