Underwood Family Farm’s Fall Harvest remains a yearly tradition for many despite the pandemic

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Underwood Family Farm’s Fall Harvest attracts hundreds of visitors to view and pick pumpkins on Thursday, Oct. 15 in Moorpark, CA. The 40-acre farm allows for families to maintain social distancing while also enjoying the farm. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

By Andrea Lopez

In a continued season dealing with the unknown, many people are wondering what beloved traditions will look like this coming fall and winter. With COVID-19 cases still rising, the county is left unsure how certain Halloween events will look this year.

One pumpkin patch familiar to many, Underwood Family Farms, will open its annual Fall Harvest on the Farm this year for people to still enjoy from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.

Underwood Family Farms has been around for over 35 years with two locations, one in Moorpark and the other in Somis. The beloved farm has been a family favorite for many especially in the fall when families can visit the pumpkin patch, according to Underwood Family Farms’ owner Sara Jane Underwood.

“We are doing what we can to ensure things will feel the same as last year,” Underwood shared.

A spider made of hay lies in the field of pumpkins ad a tractor full of guests pass by on Oct. 15, in Moorpark, CA.
A spider made of hay lies in the field of pumpkins ad a tractor full of guests pass by on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Moorpark, CA. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Although their annual Fall Harvest Festival will be postponed until fall of 2021, this year will remain the same with only small adjustments.

“A few changes that are made this year is there are no petting or feeding the animals, but we still have them for people to look at and enjoy,” Underwood explained.

There will also be no food tents this year, only a few vendors outside the farm. There will be a tent inside the farm where guests can purchase snacks and water.

While at the pumpkin patch, familiar activities such as wagon rides and photo opportunities will still be around. Activities such as games and other rides will not be something to expect this year, however the tractor ride will still be available and is free. The farm remains at its 40 acres, but social distancing will be easy for families to do while still enjoying certain traditions.

The Fall Harvest tractor ride full of guests drives though the pumpkin patch on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Moorpark CA. The tractors shows guests through the Underwood Family Farm's 40-acre farm before dropping them off at the sunflower fields.
The Fall Harvest tractor ride full of guests drives though the pumpkin patch on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Moorpark CA. The tractors shows guests through the Underwood Family Farm's 40-acre farm before dropping them off at the sunflower fields. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Chris Bornet, who attended the pumpkin patch with family, shared, “I’m glad it’s a tradition my family and I can still enjoy and look forward to.”

Bornet also revealed that he was unsure of how this year would look for the farm but is glad it is all working out for them.

Michelle Amesquita, a mother who attends Underwood Family Farms every year with her family, commented on this year’s plans.

“I still plan on going to visit this year. It will be different but it’s a tradition we want to keep,” Amesquita expressed.

It is being strongly encouraged to buy tickets online prior to arriving at the pumpkin patch. While weekends are expected to be crowded, priority for admission will go to those who have purchased tickets ahead of time online. Walk-in admissions may be limited to maintain a safe experience, according to the event’s website.

The best days and times to visit is suggested during the week. Mornings before 11am and afternoons after 3pm are known to be less busy. Weekends are expected to be crowded with less admission.

For more information. Visit UnderwoodFamilyFarms.com