Getting Pumped About Pumpkin Patches


 It’s that time of year again. Time for pumpkins and gourds, corn mazes and corn stalks. Hot apple cider and pumpkin pie. It’s time to pick that perfect pumpkin, either to create a masterpiece or simply to display outside your front door. Below is a roundup of some area pumpkin patches along with a few highlighted attractions at each. Keep in mind, some places have to close when it rains or even the day after it rains, so it’s a good idea to check the website or call ahead before venturing out to your selected spot. We realize we didn’t cover every pumpkin patch out there, so please let us know of your favorite place!

The Pumpkin Farm, 7736 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights; (916) 726-1137;
• 16 acre farm
• fun attractions including a haunted barn and go-kart train rides
• weekend food stand with apple pie, pumpkin pie and—because we do live in temperate California—barbecue.
• open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Halloween

Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, 3010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento; (916) 849-9450;
• pick your pumpkin straight off the vine
• mazes galore: hay, corn, haunted
• pig races, pony rides and pumpkin chunkin (i.e. flying pumpkins)
• produce stand onsite
• open Sunday–Thursday 10 a.m. to dusk; Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. through Halloween

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland; (530) 633-2568;
• ride the BPF Railroad
• cider mill with apple cider slushies
• gift, candy and toy shop
• open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Halloween

Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens Pumpkin Patch, 3845 El Centro Road, Sacramento; (916) 925-2496;
• white, green, irregular and “warty” pumpkins along with classic orange
• bale pyramid offering best view of the farm
• Halloween gift shop with party supplies
• open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Halloween

Keema Pumpkin Farm, 6532 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove; (916) 684-2334
• corn maze
• hay wagon takes you out to pumpkin patch where you can pick pumpkins off the vine
• picnic area (bring your own food)
• open 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Roemer Pumpkin Patch, 6851 Hedge Ave., Sacramento; (916) 381-4331;
• free hay maze and hay rides
• prizes for finding all five “stations” in the corn maze ($5 entrance fee)
• free entry and parking
• open Tuesday–Friday 2 p.m.–5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch & Milo Maze, between Davis and Woodland, see website for directions; (530) 867-4167;
• face painting (Friday–Sunday) and pumpkin painting
• “Maze Specialists” oversee maze to make sure no one gets stranded
• gourds, Indian corn, straw hay bales and corn stalks for sale
• open Monday–Friday noon–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. through Halloween

Poppy Lane Christmas Farm & Pumpkin Patch, 12110 Poppy Lane, Auburn; (530) 389-2382;
• take your photo with Poppy the Pony (“most photographed wooden pony in Auburn”)
• haystack filled with toys
•  bounce and slide
• open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.