Bob and Joann Lombardi, along with their four children, are very proud of what has developed from luck and a lot of hard work. Lombardi Ranch is a real working farm, open from late summer to mid-November.
Everything that they sell at their roadside stand they have grown right on their ranch. The property has been in the Lombardi Family since the early 1940’s. Typical crops for a year are sweet corn, both yellow and white, tomatoes ripened on the vine, onions, peppers, both hot and sweet, summer squashes, winter squashes, melons of all different varieties, watermelons and flowers.
They pride themselves on the quality of their produce and strive to always have the best. During the month of October they add pumpkins, Indian corn, corn stalks and gourds, family fun and entertainment.
Their Halloween Pumpkin Festival began in 1989, but Lombardi Ranch has been selling pumpkins since 1968.
When their oldest daughter, Julia, was in preschool they invited her class for a tour of their ranch. It just happened that it was near Halloween and so at the end of the tour the Lombardi’s gave each one of the fifteen children a small pumpkin and sent them on their way.
Lombardi Ranch – Pumpkin Patch
The kids had a great time and told a couple of other preschools about their visit to the farm and the pumpkin patch. The next year they had three or four local preschools call them for a pumpkin tour. The children went home and told their parents about the farm and then the whole family would come to visit on the weekend.
Lombardi Ranch changed from that first pumpkin tour. Their focus has changed from Halloween to more of a Harvest theme, and they have as many as eight thousand school children of all grades come to Lombardi Ranch for a field trip, even though they have yet to advertise our tours.
Each child still has the opportunity to purchase a pumpkin, and each one goes home with a Lombardi Ranch balloon, sticker, pencil and candy. They are shown how several different kinds of vegetables are grown including beets, lettuce, carrots as well as the pumpkins.
The children also get to see a real cow up close, often times with a nursing calf. Lombardi Ranch also has donkeys, a horse, a goat, sheep and llamas. Each one of these animals has something to teach visitors.
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29527 Bouquet Canyon Road.
Saugus, CA 91390