Thursday, September 27, 2007

Furrow Winery and Red Barn Pumpkin Patch, El Paso

Today I took my son to play at the Furrow Winery's Red Barn Pumpkin Patch. We had a blast! Admission is $3 per child and parents get in free. The children's play area is super fun. They have a bounce house, a swing set, slides for tots and bigger kids, a speed boat (sunk into the ground), a tractor, an old school bus cab, a hay fort, a petting zoo, and a corn maze. I would have paid $3 just for the maze. We spent half our time wandering lost through the corn.
Red Barn has a big selection of pumpkins, both picked and in the field. At 29 cents a pound they are a bargain too. We got a gorgeous 13 lb white, orange, and green striped pumpkin and two tiny pumpkins for $4.50.

There were 3 kindergarten classes there today and they were having a ball. The straw castle area was swarming with children, but I got a photo while they were eating lunch.
The tractor and the petting zoo were not a big hit with H, but I think he wanted to just be in the fray of kindergartners. And in the corn maze. He loved, loved, loved running around the corn maze.

Oh! Tractor train rides are also included in the admission price. My son got a big kick out of driving around the farm in these little train cars.

The pumpkin patch is well marked from Hwy 251 north of El Paso. We found it easily. The only negative was that the porta potties were very full today so we resorted to an emergency diaper. The staff was friendly, the play area was clean, the pumpkins were beautiful and inexpensive.

Before we left, I stopped at the winery shop for an award winning bottle of Panther Creek Red. This weekend Furrow Winery will be celebrating Oktoberfest with their special release wine (only 250 cases available) food and live music. This weekend would be excellent to take your children to the pumpkin patch and come back for Oktoberfest!


Mom said...

Henny, when I google red barn pumpkin patch, yours is the first site that come up! :) Do you happen to have a website or contact information for the pumpkin patch? We are thinking of going fo rmy son's b-day next month and need operating hours and such.

Thanks for sharing all your finds with us :)

Henny Penny said...

I don't find that information online. Call them at (309) 527-8200 or (866) 880-WINE. I just showed up figuring they'd be open during daylight hours until Halloween.