Fall in Love with Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch

Jennifer Chavez, Features Writer

Get in the fall mood by taking a visit to the newly reopened Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch. I visited the pumpkin patch on October 4th, opening day, to have a chat with the owner, Nancy Banducci. Nancy spoke about how the pumpkin patch first started with her husband about 30 years ago; it was something as small as a couple of pumpkins in their front yard. “As the customers kept coming and it got bigger and bigger, he said let’s move back here,” Nancy said as she mentioned how her and her husband eventually created the larger pumpkin patch, which is family and friend operated.

Families gather around a cart full of pumpkins at Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch. Thursday, October 7, 2021.

The pumpkin patch features a corn maze, a bridge over a pond, many opportunities for photo-ops, and of course pumpkin picking. It is a neat experience being able to pick out your own pumpkin. You can choose a unique color and find a pumpkin in almost any size (wagons provided). Pumpkins are sold by size and have a display to show what the cost would be about. They are located at 10747 Taft Highway. Admission is $5 per person and children under the age of 5 are free. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are open October 4 until October 31st. On October 31 they will be closing at 4:30 p.m. Masks are optional and are being offered as well as hand sanitizing stations.

Forms of payment being accepted are credit cards, cash, and apple pay. You can find them on social media on Facebook and Instagram at Banducci’s Pumpkin Patch. As for TikTok, Nancy comically said, “I hope not,” when asked. Make sure to take a trip to the pumpkin patch this fall and enjoy what Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch has to offer.

Man and Woman carry pumpkins around Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch. Thursday, October 7, 2021.