Buy a Pumpkin, Help a Kid. Insider’s Look at Berkeley’s Westbrae Pumpkin Patch

Autumn is a magical time of the year, when the air turns crisp, leaves crunch underfoot, and pumpkins make their annual appearance.

This October, the enchantment is amplified at the Westbrae Nursery’s Pumpkin Patch in the heart of Berkeley. Running from October 1-31, 2023, this isn’t just any pumpkin patch—it’s a community-driven initiative where every pumpkin you purchase aids helps fund local schools.

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Tucked away in the scenic North Berkeley Westbrae neighborhood, Westbrae Nursery transforms its backyard into a pumpkin wonderland. Here, amidst the lush greenery of the nursery, you’ll discover pumpkins of all hues, shapes, and sizes, eagerly awaiting a new home.

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Whether you’re carving a spooky jack-o’-lantern or baking a sumptuous pumpkin pie, you’ll find the perfect pumpkin for your needs. It’s no wonder that the Westbrae Pumpkin Patch has earned the title of an East Bay favorite and stands as one of the only pumpkin patches in Berkeley—a true hidden gem.

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But the festivities at Westbrae aren’t limited to just pumpkins. Immerse yourself in the local charm by exploring other Westbrae delights. Sip on a heartwarming brew at Coffee Conscious, indulge in a savory treat at Berkeley Bagels, or simply unwind with friends and family at the Westbrae Biergarten. The essence of fall permeates every corner.

Mark your calendars for a special treat! On October 21, 2023, between 12 pm and 3 pm, the pumpkin patch will host a bake sale featuring a range of delectable fall-themed baked goods. From pumpkin muffins to apple pies, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. And the best part? Every bite you take and pumpkin you buy supports a noble cause, with all sales benefiting the local Cornell elementary school.

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Details At A Glance:

  • Venue: Westbrae Nursery
  • Address: 1272 Gilman Street, Berkeley
  • Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, October 1-31, 2023

Join us in celebrating the splendor of fall, all while contributing to a worthy cause. The Westbrae Nursery’s Pumpkin Patch is more than just a festive destination—it’s where the community comes together to make a difference. See you there!

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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