A Little Patch of Fall Heaven

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a scarecrow in a pumpkin patch tent
Photo: Ashley Dowdy

Pasadena Pumpkin Patch owners Guy Taghavi and Tommy Mancini have spent nearly 30 years contributing their expertise and kindness to the Pasadena community. And now this autumn holiday-themed business at the corner of Lake and Mountain has expanded to two more locations in Buena Park and Torrance.

Boasting family-friendly fun, activities and picturesque settings, there is also a mini-horse carousel, jumpers, and inflatable slides, a petting zoo with mini-highland cows, donkeys, goats and micro-mini pigs. These animals are well-loved, extremely friendly, playful, and full of energy.

Pumpkin Selection

On the hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve, bake, or decorate, there’s a pumpkin for every purpose. They have a wide range of varietal colorful pumpkins to inspire creativity. Some are the size of your palm, and larger ones are great for taking home and carving for the spooky season, and inspiration for culinary exploration.

Taghavi offers more than just the traditional ornamental carving pumpkins; there are edibles and pumpkins for décor. And he is always ready to share some of his personal, notoriously tasty recipes.

Guy Taghavi leads correspondent Ashley Dowdy on a tour of the 2023 patch. Video: Yi Cheng

The Pasadena location also provides job opportunities for youth looking for experience in the workforce.

“Parents love that I put their kids to work,” explained Taghavi.

“Let them get a little experience while they’re younger. They get their work permit, work a couple of years, and go off to graduate from high school with their feet on the ground because they have the experience they get from working here.”

“The youngsters that came by thirty years ago now bring their kids back here.”

Guy Taghavi

It’s a lot of work for these young workers, selling approximately 7,000 to 10,000 pumpkins per season, equivalent to about 40 tons. At the end of the season, they minimize waste by giving unsold pumpkins and decorations to the community for cooking or fall decor.

“I generally put the pumpkins right in front of the store and tell people to come over here and take whatever they want.”

The decorative hay bales around the patch are also donated.

“The bales cost us about $12-$15 each, and I give them away free to the community after the season. So on the first or second (of November), if you need good mulch for your garden or a pumpkin for your holiday pumpkin pie, you have it.”

A Family Tradition

When asked how the community supports his business, Taghavi explained, “The youngsters that came by thirty years ago now bring their kids back here.”

Pasadena Pumpkin Patch visits are cherished traditions that create lasting memories and connect generations, embodying the spirit of autumn and community, providing family-friendly attractions and spreading seasonal joy.

Visiting a pumpkin patch means supporting local business and celebrating the charm of rural life. They are the ideal autumn destination and these vibrant stacks of orange offer more than just pumpkins; they are the pathway to the start of the holiday season.

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Ashley Dowdy

Ashley is a correspondent for Local News Pasadena.
Email: [email protected]

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