The perfect pumpkin may not be a pumpkin

Tolay Twisted Farms has come to the Wednesday and Saturday Market
Pumpkins, squash and gourds lots of shapes and sizes
No matter what you want to do: eat then, decorate them or use it a utensil there is a
squash for you.

From Santa Rosa
More About the Tolay Fall Festival:
If you’re one of the many families who had traditionally gone to the Cardoza Ranch Pumpkin Farm each October, fear not. You’re ritual will not die.

In 2005, the Cardoza family sold its 1,737-acre Petaluma ranch to the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The public was thrilled to get such a beautiful piece of property which offers views from Mount. St. Helena to the San Francisco Bay. But, some of us feared that the annual autumn trek to the ranch would come to an end.

Happily, the Sonoma County supervisors decided to continue the tradition. But, there have been a few changes: The pumpkins are no longer being grown at the site and are, instead, brought in. There are no inflatable bouncers for children. Many new activities have been added.
Highlights of the festival include:

Giant pumpkin patch
Ranger-led hayrides and nature walks
Native American Village with demonstrations
“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area with plants and animals, games and activities.
Nighttime Creatures Barn with black light marine life, bats, and an elaborate life-like diorama of mammals found in the area.

New This Year:
World Record Pumpkin Seed-spitting Contest that is open to all
The Snake-Wrangling Grandma from Sonoma, Barbie Hoffman, who rescues rattlesnakes to support her exotic animal rescue, Leaping Lizard Rescue She will bring many of these live animals to show at the festival.