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Peltzer Farms Opens for Pumpkin Season

For some people, the most anticipated sport of the fall season is college or NFL football, but for anyone who waits all year for opening day of Peltzer Farms, the name of the game is pig racing.

“The pigs have been in training,” Carrie Peltzer, co-owner of Peltzer Farms, said during a recent interview.”They look great and are ready to roll. We even have some new names in store this year!”

Although they haven’t been in wine country a full decade, Peltzer Farms is an October institution, giving valley residents a little taste of an authentic pumpkin patch experience, combined with down home family fun.

“We are located in wine country on lots of acreage and we pride ourselves on enjoying family and farm,” Peltzer said. “We do not have bounce houses and mechanical rides. We have a wonderful display garden and a John Deere tractor collection that our families can enjoy. It is like a day in the country at our farm.”

In addition to the popular swine sporting events, Peltzer Farms offers pony rides, a petting farm, a train ride, gem panning and a corn maze. While admission and parking, the pig races and the maze are free of charge, tickets are needed for all other activities and are available for purchase.

Though refreshments like snow cones and other sweets have always been available, a new addition to the farm this year is making it a dinner destination.

“This year, we are excited to have the popular Devilicious Food Truck at the farm on Sundays,” Peltzer said. “This is a new partnership and we are very excited about it.”

On October 4th, Peltzer Farms will also be hosting their 4th Annual Peltzer Farm Dinner, where Guest Chef Adrian of Sorrel will be creating a farm to table menu to pair with Speranza Vineyards wines.

“This is an amazing dinner that benefits the local ONF, or Our Nicholas Foundation, creating autism awareness in the community,” Peltzer said. “This is a sit down dinner featuring a local chef, great local wines and brews.”

The dinner is available to a limited amount of guests. Tickets are available on the Peltzer Farms website.

Of course, the main attraction at Peltzer Farms are the pumpkins but after Halloween is through, the staff at Peltzer Farms has time to concentrate on that other fruit on the vine that Temecula is most known for.

“In the off season, we focus on our grapes,” Peltzer said. “We are in the final planning stages of a new winery and look forward to breaking ground next year. This will be the next big adventure for Peltzer Farms. We can’t wait to share it with all of our wonderful and loyal customers.”

Whether you are a faithful pumpkin farm pal, or are learning about Peltzer Farms for the first time, it’s a favorite family destination that truly defines autumn in wine country.

“We look forward to the many familiar faces we see each year and we are always making new props and expanding our vision,” Peltzer said. “We love to see all of your smiling faces and love to celebrate fall with you. We celebrate family values and traditions, so please come out and take your family photos and have a blast!”

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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