Bates Nut Farm is a great little gem hidden away in Valley Center, CA. It is set in a beautiful farm setting where you and the family can picnic and play in the park areas. There is a farm zoo area where the kids can feed goats, sheep, ponies,and a variety of fowl. Farm antiques and tools line the walls of the Bates store that is filled with fresh, delicious nuts, candies, dried fruits, chocolates, fudge and gourmet delights. During the fall they have numerous festivals and craft fairs. The pumpkin patch in October is always a big hit where you can pick out your pumpkin or your Big Mac.