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In this issue...
  • Best Pumpkin Patches in the East Bay
  • Learning to Garden
  • Did You Know?
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
  • Fleet Week
 Best Pumpkin Patches in the East Bay
Even though we grow pumpkins in our garden, I absolutely love to go to the pumpkin patch! Check out the below list of the Best Pumpkin Patches in the area from Red Tricycle:

Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch
Location: 2153 Ferry Point, Alameda, CA. 510-705-2352
Hours: Sept. 29-Oct. 31, 10 a.m. -10 p.m. daily

Perry Family Farms
Location: 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA. 510-791-0340.
Hours: October 1-31, Mon.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: No fee Mon.-Fri. $1 admission on Sat. & Sun. Children under two are free. Admission to Ardenwood Farms: Tues., Wed. & Sat. $3/adults, $2/children (4-17 years), under 4 are free; Thurs., Fri. and Sun. $6/adults, $4/children (4-17 years), under 4 are free.

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm
Location: 1060 Pine Ln., Clayton, CA. 925-672-5198
Hours: Sept. 28: noon-5 p.m. Sept. 29-30: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct.1-31: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily. Playlands and trains have different hours.
Cost: General admission is free, some activities are individually priced.

Smith Family Farm’s Pumpkin Patch
Location: 440 Sellers Ave., Brentwood, CA. 1-925-625-5966
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 31
Cost: $10/adults; $12/kids on weekends; $10/everyone, Mon.-Fri. and includes a pumpkin and all activities. Cash or check only!

G&M Farms
Location: 487 East Airway Blvd, Livermore, CA, 925-447-FARM
Hours: Oct. 1-31, Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., check website for varying maze hours
Cost: Free

Learning to Garden
PUMPKIN UPDATE: Check out the BIG pumpkin we grew in our garden at home! It is weighing in at 243.8 lbs!!! The boys are so excited. It's gigantic!
 Did you know?
The Least Popular Halloween Candies:
Circus Peanuts
Candy Corn
Wax Coke Bottles
Necco Wafers
Peanut Butter Kisses (aka Mary Janes)
Tootsie Rolls
Good & Plenty
Mary Janes (so unpopular it was listed twice)

The Most Popular Halloween Candies:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Kit Kat
Sour Patch Kids
Hershey Bar

Recipe of the Month
I love pumpkin spice lattes! I All of my money is going to Starbucks right now ;) I found a great recipe for making them at home, but it takes a lot of time and effort. Best of luck Baristas!
How To Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home
Makes: 2 drinks

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 to 2 shots espresso, (about 1/4 cup), or 1/3 to 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped into firm peaks

  • Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Blender
  • Espresso maker or coffee maker

  1. Heat the pumpkin and spices. Heat the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and a generous helping of black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it's hot and smells cooked, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly, thick syrup.
  3. Warm the milk. Whisk in the milk and vanilla and warm gently, watching carefully to make sure it doesn't boil over.
  4. Blend the milk. Carefully process the mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
  5. Mix the drinks. Make the espresso or coffee and divide between 2 mugs. Add the frothed milk and pumpkin mixture. Top with the whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.

Recipe Notes
Make a big batch of pumpkin spice base: If you like, you can make a big batch of the pumpkin spice base, and refrigerate. To make 8 full servings, cook 1/2 cup pumpkin purée with 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Stir in 1/2 cup vanilla extract. Refrigerate for up to 1 week and use as desired. To serve, blend 1/3 cup pumpkin spice base with milk until frothy, and add 1 or 2 shots of espresso. Top with whipped cream and serve.

Real Estate News
Prop 10
This November there will be a Proposition on the ballet about rent control. I encourage everyone to do their research since it will affect the housing market in Contra Costa County. Below is just a quick summary of the ballet measure:

Proposition 10 is an initiated state statute that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act ( Costa-Hawkins), thus allowing local governments to adopt rent control ordinances—regulations that govern how much landlords can charge tenants for renting apartments and houses. Proposition 10 would also state that a local government's rent control ordinance shall not abridge a fair rate of return for landlords.

A yes vote supports allowing local governments to adopt rent control, repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

A no vote opposes the initiative, thus keeping the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (osta-Hawkins is a state statute that limits the use of rent control in California) and continuing to prohibit local governments from enacting rent control on certain buildings.

Fleet Week
It's Fleet Week in San Francisco! There are events taking place daily from October 1st - October 8th! I have seen the air show and the Blue Angels are incredible. I've never done a ship tour yet, but it's on my list of activities to do with the kids! If you plan on going over the weekend, watch for traffic. You may want to consider taking Bart!
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