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What do you know? It is pumpkin harvest week at Peltzer Farms. While “Farmer Charlie” (Charles T. Peltzer III) was hard at work hauling in the pumpkins, his partner in life and business, wife Carrie Peltzer, took time to chat about their labor of love.
Come on out to Temecula wine country, head north on Calle Contento, and see what designs Peltzer Farms has in mind for the future. Turns out, there is a lot more to this couple than pumpkins, pig racing, and fall festivals.
Q: Thanks for taking the time to meet with us, while it’s pumpkin harvest time.
A: We are harvesting our grapes tomorrow and we harvested our pumpkins today. It has been an eventful week.
Q: And the farm opens officially on Sept. 21 and your tour spots are filling up. Your fans are ready for the pig racing, but the corn maze and train rides are a close second. What can people expect this year?
A: We started booking tours the end of August, basically when the kids go back to school. The sooner you book, the better. We can always fit everybody in though. Be sure to look for the Peltzer Mine, which should be a big draw. Everything on the farm has been built by a family member — from the petting farm to the train and train depot to the gem panning. Everything we build has some serious TLC involved. My husband is truly a jack-of-all-trades.
Q: How long have you been in Temecula?
A: My husband’s family is part of southern California farming history, originally farming in 1913 where Disneyland now sits. Charlie is a third generation farmer. We originally came to Temecula in 2002, have lived on the property since 2004, and opened our first farm here in 2007. Soon after that we planted grapes, which is the long term goal.
Q: So, your vision just continues to grow. It seems like every fall something changes at Peltzer Farms. What do you have in store for visitors this year?
A: The first thing you might notice is how much the property has improved since last year. Our main focus right now is on our future winery. We are finishing up our plot plan in hopes of a fabulous farmhouse winery on the property in the near future.
Q: Tell us about the Peltzer Guest Retreat?
A: It’s fabulous and rented out every weekend to those traveling from all over the world. We have lots of wedding night stays, anniversaries and birthdays that are celebrated in the spa-like retreat. It is 1,200 square feet of relaxation, with a tub and shower, mini kitchen, great room, massage table and private bedroom with king bed. It features a great balcony for our guests to watch the hot air balloons in the mornings and listen to the rooster get his groove on. Our guests love to walk around the property, visit the huge chef garden and check out the goats and chickens. It is unlike anything in the valley.
Q: One thing people might not know about you is your design background. How do you and your husband’s skills all work to make the farm tick?
A: (Laughs) Well, I design it and he builds it. It is the perfect combination.
Q: And you have two sons. What’s it like to raise your kids in a farm atmosphere?
A: My kids are always dirty. They ride motorcycles, take care of the animals, and enjoy the country-like life. We love to watch the sunset and the moon rise. My kids’ favorite thing to do is take the old cart to Mount Palomar for dinner and live music. That is where you may find the Peltzer’s on Friday nights.
When you go, realize that Peltzer Farms is more than just pumpkins, pig races, and pony rides. Peltzer Farms continues to increase their offerings, including weddings, and as one of Temecula’s Best Places for a Fall Photo Session!
Originally Published on SWRNN.com