The Avila Valley Barn is a local produce stand/country store that I pass on my way to the beach. It’s fun to stop in the summer and grab an ice cream from the candy store or pick up fresh peaches for a pie (or even buy a peach pie if I’m feeling lazy). My favorite time to visit, however, is the first week of October when they’ve set up for fall. It then becomes a glorious presentation of pumpkins, gourds, squashes, mums and fall foliage (yes here in California we will actually buy fall foliage). You can get pumpkin pie, maple pumpkin butter, pumpkin taffy, and pumpkin pie ice cream. And although the pumpkin pie ice cream is totally delicious, I come for the pumpkins themselves. Each year they have varieties and colors I have never seen before. This year, my decorating budget is limited so instead of buying a bunch of pumpkins, I snapped these photos of pumpkins, squash and even a goat instead.
They have a small petting zoo and I just love these tiny goats. They remind me of little trolls but much cuter.