TEMECULA, CA — "We are so excited to have y’all back for the 2020 Peltzer Pumpkin Farm season!" the Peltzer family said on it website.
Family owned and operated in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, the famous pumpkin patch at Peltzer Farm opens for the season starting Saturday. There will be limited this year amid coronavirus, but visitors will still find plenty to do.
In addition to pumpkins, the farm's petting zoo, pony rides, mini John Deere carts, train rides, tractor garden, and Peltzer mining are scheduled to open, but the pig races and carnival games have been canceled.
New this year is pumpkin painting, which takes place 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
The annual Pumpkins & Prosecco returns to the farm's Blacksmith Bar starting at 9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday. (The bar is open 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends.)
There are COVID-19 safety guidelines in place at the farm: Social distancing is required; hand washing stations, restroom access, and hand sanitizer stations are plentiful this year; and guests are asked to wear face coverings when walking around the property. When seated, eating, and/or drinking, guests can remove their face coverings, the Peltzer website states.
Additionally, the farm has implemented specific entrance and exit points, and guests are asked to follow the directives.
The Peltzer family is asking visitors to please consider visiting the farm during the week. If crowds become too large on weekends, the family said they may have to close the farm to maintain social distancing and reopen as guests leave.
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm hours of operation are 11 a..m to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. The farm is located at 39925 Calle Contento in Temecula. For more information, visit http://www.peltzerfarms.com/