What You'll Get
Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know fall's finest with today's Groupon to Corona Pumpkin Farm in Lake Mathews. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get a family day at the farm Friday–Sunday (a $36 total value). Family day includes:
- Four hot-dog meals, each with chips or popcorn and a soda (a $4 value each)
- A $10 pumpkin credit
- Two activity tickets (a $5 value each)
- For $5, you get $10 worth of pumpkins Monday–Thursday.
Sprawling tendrils and sunset-hued globes dot the pastoral landscape at Corona Pumpkin Farm, where squash hunters can handpick future jack-o’-lanterns and pie fillings from an acre of autumnal bounty. Carvable gourds and pie-worthy fruits clamor for attention with styles ranging from the bakeable Fairy Tale’s deep ribbing and Cinderella’s custardy flesh to mini ‘kins and larger decorator varietals such as Ol’ Zeb’s heirloom squash and the 400- to 500-pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin, ideal for harboring out-of-town relatives or large flocks of blackbirds. Pumpkin prices start at $1 and vary according to size. As part of the family day, little ones can practice sugar-fueled jumping with all-day bounce-house access or paint cheery faces on blanched Casper pumpkins to deter ghastly ghouls looking to borrow cups of sugar (each costs one activity ticket). Post-activities, families refuel with hot dogs, chips or popcorn, and cold soda.
Once visitors have adopted their brood of soon-to-be porch wardens, they can gather them for a festive photo with the farm’s resident scarecrow or perched atop a straw bale amid their former family members in the patch. Over by the chicken coop, newly hatched chicks await feeding from friendly hands, offering up snuggly cuteness in return.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per household, may buy 1 additional as a gift for pumpkin option. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 9/30/11. Valid only for option purchased. Pumpkin option valid only Mon.-Thurs., family option valid only Fri.-Sun. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Corona Pumpkin Farm
The owners of Corona Pumpkin Farm weren’t setting out to build a business in the fall of 2009. They just wanted to cultivate fresh, healthy produce for their family. So they began sowing seeds in box gardens, nourishing the soil with compost from chickens that also bore fresh eggs, and the occasional golden one. Eventually, the chickens’ bounty outgrew the boxed gardens, and the humble family endeavor flourished into Corona Pumpkin Farm, which sits atop more than an acre of land. Now the farmers nurture more than 50 types of pumpkins for eating and carving, as well as a cornucopia of fruits and veggies that includes three types of corn and pick-your-own boysenberries. Along with the produce, they raise chickens and turkeys for meat, gather eggs from the coop, and sometimes barter with neighbors for beef and pork.
To show their respect for Mother Nature and their own health, they prefer to use organic solutions first, avoiding chemicals on their garden grub whenever possible. But visitors don’t flock to the farm just for the fresh, healthy fare; they come to pick their own pumpkins, meander through the 10-foot-high stalks that fill a half-acre corn maze, and enjoy other seasonal activities, such as cuddling baby chicks, zooming down an inflatable slide, painting pumpkins, and crafting personalized trick-or-treat bags.