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Sunflowers and pumpkins abound at this OC Field – NBC Los Angeles

What you should know

  • Hana Field in Costa Mesa will be open on September 24th and 25th
  • The Tanaka Farms team manages the site, which is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from its main Irvine location
  • $10 entry per person (children under 2 are free); U-Pick Sunflowers and Pumpkins are available at an additional cost; A $10 parking pass is required, and you should book both your admission and pass in advance

The bridges that span the seasons are fairly easy to spot if you just know where to look.

Of course there are bridges in the world—no one would dare argue otherwise—but there are more curious connections that get a person from point A to point B, such as the spans that stretch between two different seasons.

And find summer-fall meetings?

All in all it’s not too difficult.

It happens when you spy on someone sipping cider near a swimming pool or shopping for spooky decorations or browsing Halloween costumes on a hot afternoon while wearing a sundress or sandals.

However, sometimes the summer-autumn bridge can become pretty and even poetic. Check out Hana Field, the Costa Mesa property overseen by Tanaka Farms, to see how this whimsical theory works.

Hana Field has become synonymous with sunflowers, which in turn have many summery connotations. And if we leave summer and enter the first days of autumn 2022?

The sunflowers are definitely popping on Hana Field, as are the pumpkins.

Seeing flowers and fruit together is a true September sight and an uplifting way to welcome the first weekend of autumn in 2022, which will, yes, boast summer-like temperatures.

Hana Field was supposed to open in early October, but thanks to the big sunflower blooms, the Tanaka team is welcoming U-Pick fans a week ahead of schedule.

A few things to consider before you go?

The most important thing is that you book your ticket in advance.

Note that this ticket is entry-level, while separate fees apply for sunflowers, pumpkins, and other fun features in the field.

Parking is limited, so be sure to grab your $10 parking pass before you head out (also important).

And again, this is all happening in Costa Mesa. Hana Field is about a ten minute drive from the longtime home of Tanaka Farms in Irvine, so you might be able to visit both if you wish. Oh yes: The Irvine Pumpkin Patch opened just before fall on September 17th.

Of course, sunflowers have become a symbol of both fall and summer, and are you finding a pumpkin-inspired treat during those warm August days? This has also become more common in recent years.

But one of the biggest bridges between summer and fall can now be seen at Hana Field, where sunflowers and pumpkins meet briefly on the last weekend of September, with beauty and joy.

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