Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch Tours

the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is now open….and there are a lot of fun things to do on the farm! what makes this pumpkin patch unique to most of the other patches in Orange County, is that you can pick your own pumpkin off the vine.  
you can start in the U-Pick pumpkin patch, where you can take a wagon ride around Tanaka farm.  visit the petting zoo with over 40 animals and then take a wagon back around the 30 acre farm. while riding, look around to see which pumpkin you might want to take home. the wagon then will stop at the 1 acre corn maze. you and the kiddies will have a great time trying to find your way through the maze. you can also pick your own vegetables. there is a 2 acre area of vegetables growing with carrots, onions, green beans, and radishes for the children to pick.  at the end of your visit, you can pick your very own pumpkin off the vine. 
things to do at the Pumpkin Patch
Wagon Ride – $5 per person, under 2 free 
Petting Zoo –  $3 per person, under 2 free 
Corn Maze – FREE
U-Pick Vegetables – $2.99 lb 
U-Pick Pumpkins – sliding scale by the pound
there are even more fun happening on the weekends! lots of food and shave ice aka “snow cones,” atv’s the kids can drive, pumpkin decorating, fun games and the pumpkin raffle…. 
on the weekends you have the chance to win a LARGE (50lb-150lb) pumpkin. the FREE Raffle happens every hour. winner must claim prize by the end of the day they have won. one ticket per family. 

and have you heard about the pumpkin cannon? during the weekends, you can see pumpkin launched from the Tanaka Farms pumpkin cannon every 15 minutes or so!

Tanaka Farm’s Pumpkin Patch is an exciting place for adults and children of all ages! be sure to add this pumpkin patch to you list of patches to visit this year.

wanna go?  here’s the info….
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
open through October 31st
everyday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
5380 3/4 University Drive • Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 653-2100
 Parking FREE  •  Admission FREE 
click here for more info.
and don’t forget The 2012 Pumpkinmania Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Contest
Sunday, October 28, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Tanaka Farms Free Wagon Rides

Tanaka Farms in Irvine is one of Orange County’s organic farms. last week a message came up on my facebook feed from Tanaka Farms saying that it was offering a free tractor wagon ride to their corn field where you could then pick corn (for a price per ear). i thought this would be really fun for the kiddies, to get to pick there own vegetables.

Tanaka Farm tours are guided, so you get to learn about Tanaka Farms.

we ended up having a lot of fun. as the tractor drove through the fields, we stopped and tasted fresh organic carrots, string beans and sweet corn. the kiddies gobbled up the veggies…so much better than store bought.  then we got out and were allowed to go into the fields and pick own own corn if we wanted to. that was their fave.

here is some of the sweet corn that we picked.
this was a great opportunity to enjoy the farm for free. wagon rides with Tanaka Farms Tours are usually $17 per person (which includes produce).
free wagon rides are usually announced a day or two before the date on Facebook. follow Tanaka Farms on facebook to get the latest updates of when they offer the free wagon rides and vegetable or fruit picking in the fields. i have seen them offer this deal with strawberries & corn! it’s a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful OC!

Tanaka Farms Cooking Tour winner!

i totally wish i could have won this giveaway! thanks Tanaka Farms. and thanks for sharing about the Cookout Tours with sandy toes and popsicles! be sure to check their website to see all the fun upcoming tours. right now there are Watermelon Tours, Children’s Cooking Class Tours and Cookout tours!

so, now to announce the winner with the random generator. and the winner is…..14!!!!! Congratulations Romina! jillparkin@gmail.com email me to get the details.

Tanaka Farms Cooking Tours. And giveaway!

now this sounds fantastic….have you ever been to Tanaka Farms? did you know that they have cooking tours? yep, they have them every weekend till august 29th.
you get to take a walking tour around the farm, pick your own veggies (all grown using organic farming methods), prepare the vegetables you have picked, cook them, enjoy an appetizer salad and 20 minutes later enjoy your delicious lunch that you prepared. for dessert, you will go into the field and pick a delicious watermelon to take home. wow, this sounds like a perfect day to me!
so, here are the details if you would like to attend:
anyone interested in a fun day with your family and friends touring and cooking at Tanaka Farms
Cookout Tour 2010
every saturday and sunday from march 20th to august 29th
10am or 12pm, total tour timeis approx. 2 hours.
please call 949-653-2100 ext 204 for reservations.
adults $24, children 10 and under $20 (2 and under free)
bottled water is included. if you’d like, bring your own soft drinks or juice.

Tanaka Farms.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is now open until October 31, 2009! it will be open everyday to the public from 9am until dusk(around 6pm). I remember taking my boys last year and having such a good time. they had so much fun riding the tractor around the farm and trying all the different veggies. definitely don’t forget your camera!

on a 30 acre real working farm you can:
ride the tractor pulled wagon
pet the animals in our petting zoo
walk around our one acre corn maze
pick your own vegetables out of the ground
and pick your own pumpkin off the vine!

on the weekends we have games for the kids, arts and crafts, prizes, food, and fun fun fun!!! prices vary from $2 7 per activity.

click here for more info.