It wouldn’t be fall without a little dirt on your shoes on a visit to the pumpkin patch. This year, some of Sacramento’s most beloved family farms are ready to welcome guests again with plenty of kid-friendly activities, new bespoke rides, savory and sweet dishes, and all the pumpkins you can stack. on an old radio flyer. Here are five local destinations for the family to discover this spooky season.
Apple Ridge Farms
1800 Larsen Drive, Camino; (530) 647-0613; appleridgefarms.com
Hours and details: October 1 to 31: Monday to Thursday. 10 am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No charge for parking. Free entry.
The hike to Apple Hill is a seasonal rite of passage. Over 50 family farms grow crunchy apples and other fall favorites. Soak up the charm of the countryside at Apple Ridge Farms, stop # 20 on the Apple Hill map, often less crowded than other locations. You will find a pretty square of pumpkins with plenty of photo ops next to the giant farmhouse pumpkin or among 50,000 blooming zinnias. Look for gems, fossils, and arrowheads, or take a scenic butterfly walk and enjoy a gooey barbecue in the picnic area under a canopy of trees. Before picking the brightest pumpkin on the plot, stop by the Apple Barn and the bakery to sample fruit pies, apple dumplings, and flaky strudels.
Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm
1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland; (530) 633-2568; bishopspumpkinfarm.com
Opening hours and details: Oct 1-30: Sun â Thursday. 9 am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9 am-9pm; 31 Oct â Nov 7: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking fees $ 10 Fri, $ 20 Sat / Sun (free from Monday to Thursday). Free entry.
Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm has 60 acres of U-pick pumpkins, a petting zoo with a chic Clydesdale named Clementine, a vintage Santa Cruz Boardwalk carousel, a corn maze, hay rides, and more traditional fare. Since 1973, the Bishops have retained that nostalgia of yesteryear through their handmade baked goods, created from treasured family recipes, including pumpkin and apple muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Quench your thirst at the Cidrerie with hot apple cider or a Slushshakie: layers of apple cider slushie and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream, caramel, nuggets and a mini caramel apple. Feast on grilled house-smoked tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches and pints of house beer known as âBishop’s Ciderâ. Two new rides include a themed airplane and tractor ride where guests follow Ms. Bishop’s story in search of Farmer Bill in different areas of the farm like the pigsty or the chicken coop. This particular ride was custom-made in Italy to honor founder Bill Bishop, who passed away earlier this year. Live musical entertainment is on the program, as well as a puppet show, pig races, fireworks on Friday evenings and films on Saturday nights in the pumpkin patch.
Bobby Dazzler pumpkin patch
23300 County Road 99D, Woodland; (530) 867-4167; yourpumpkins.com
Hours and details: October 1 to 31: Monday to Thursday. 2 pm-7pm, Fri-Sun 10 am-7pm Free parking and entry.
Want to test your navigation skills? Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch Milo Maze awaits you. It is about 2 acres and lasts an average of 20 to 40 minutes, depending on your directional skill. To have mooing-Live on the cute Cow Train, where riders of all ages cross small bridges and tour the entire farm. If your child is feeling festive, get their face makeup done with a spooky design before heading to the petting zoo to visit rabbits, pigs, and llamas, or sign up for a pony ride. Another popular attraction is the Corn Bath, where kids can immerse themselves in a sandbox filled with dried corn kernels and pretend they’re Woodland’s Big Corn Monster. Dazzler’s also takes online orders for pumpkins of all sizes.
Pumpkin in Goblin Gardens at Bastiao Farms
3845 El Centro Road, Sacramento; (916) 925-2496; facebook.com/goblingardens
Hours and details: Oct 4 to 31: Mon-Sat 10 am-7pm Free parking and entry.
Dennis Bastiao, owner of Goblin Gardens Pumpkin Patch, says his trusty train and hayrides are energized and ready for family experience. It challenges anyone to brave the haunted barn with animated ghosts and scares lurking around every turn. There’s also the Western Town Playground with dusty Old West cowboys and an old schoolhouse with vintage desks for plenty of photo ops. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the covered terraces before picking the perfect pumpkin on Bastiao’s 12 hectares.
Vierra Farms, Home of Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
3010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento; (916) 849-9450; vierrafarms.com
Hours and details: October 1 to 31: Sunday to Thursday. 10 am-7pm, Fri-Sat : 10 am-9pm Free parking and entry.
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is one that strikes all the senses. Families are greeted with the aroma of fresh apple cider donuts when they arrive in the parking lot. Cornival’s playground is packed with hands-on experiences, such as the gigantic orange jumping cushion, a hay maze and towering pyramid, pig races, appearances of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, films adapted to the kids on weekends, a piece of pumpkin, hayrides and all the barbecue and cotton candy you can handle. When you are at Dave’s house, you are truly guests in the family garden. Make sure to take advantage of the fire pits at night for s’more and visit the farm website for more information on Dave’s annual campsite where families spend the night on the farm and he even cooks the little one. everyone’s lunch the next morning for an additional charge. Happy pumpkin season!