EL DORADO COUNTY
1. Abel’s Apple Acres, 2345 Carson Road, Placerville; (530) 626-0138, www.abelappleacres.com.
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Selling farm-grown pumpkins at fruit stand. Pony/horse rides and hay maze for weekend visitors.
2. Apple Ridge Family Orchard, 1800 Larsen Drive, Camino; (530) 647-0613, appleridgepies.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. For a nominal fee, purchase cups of food to feed one of the friendly animals at the petting farm. Other attractions include a nature trail and hay maze, crafters and a face painter.
3. Boa Vista Orchards, 2952 Carson Road, Placerville; (530) 622-5522. Hours: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Selling farm-grown pumpkins, and offering crafts and face painting.
4. Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch, 3825 North Canyon Road, Camino; (530) 622-9299, http://www.applehill.com/goyettes-north-canyon-ranch. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Picnic area available.
5. O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch, 2261 Cable Road, Camino; (530) 644-3389, http://www.applehill.com/ohallorans-apple-trail-ranch. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Visitors are welcome to explore the 1-mile nature trail.
6. The Flower Farm, 4150 Auburn Folsom Road, Loomis; (916) 652-4200, http://www.flowerfarminn.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Take a self-guided walking tour and vote on your favorite pumpkin people vignettes, themed “Cartoon Villains.” A pet parade (11:30 a.m.) and craft fair (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) on Oct. 20 will benefit Fieldhaven Feline Rescue, and prizes will be awarded for the best Halloween costumes. Also accepting canned food donations for the Placer County Food Bank.
7. Green Acres Nursery, 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; (916) 782-2273. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Green Acres will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fall festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20. The festivities on Oct. 19 will include live music (noon-4 p.m.), face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, local groups such as Sacramento Area Bee Keepers, food trucks (one complimentary food voucher per customer) and a dunk tank (proceeds benefit South Sacramento community). Games, face painting, balloons and free treats will be offered on smaller scale Oct. 20.
8. Horton Iris Garden, 7440 King Road, Loomis; (916) 652-4351, www.hortonirisgarden.com. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Take your pick from a 2-acre field of orange.
9. Poppy Lane, 12110 Poppy Lane, Auburn; (530) 389-2382, http://www.poppylanechristmasfarm.com/pumpkin_patch_services. Hours: 9 a.m. 7 p.m. daily. Attractions include bounce slide, hay rides and pony rides (weekends). Prices vary.
10. Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch, 6950 Cavitt-Stallman Road, Granite Bay; (916) 899-3162, http://www.rickeyranchpumpkinpatch.com.Hours: 10 a.m.-dusk daily. On this ranch setting, you can board a hay ride; kids can hop on a pony.
11. Bastiao Farms, 3845 El Centro Road, Sacramento; (916) 925-2947,www.bastiaofarmsgoblingardens.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Take a haunted train ride through the corn maze, or opt for a hay ride on the farm. Also includes hay maze and hay bale pyramids.
12. Davis Ranch, 13501 Jackson Road, Sloughhouse; (916) 682-2658, http://www.davisranchproduce.com. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Take a free tractor ride (offered every weekend) and take your pick of the patch. A corn maze (small fee), hay bales and scarecrows complete the fall experience.
13. Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery, 4681 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 483-1830. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Visitors can take a detour and make their way through the mini haunted house.
14. Fog Willow Pumpkin Farm, 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton; (916) 687-4547,www.fogwillow.com. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. An educational farm, Fog Willow celebrates its 50th anniversary with the Big Dig, a family mining experience in which visitors can sluice for gems and minerals ($6 for a big bag). Also popular are the Goat Henge hay mounds and duck races. Admission is $3 (for ages 4 and older), which includes pony rides (weekends only), hay rides, jumper and petting zoo.
15. Green Acres Nursery, 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; (916) 358-9099. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Green Acres will celebrate its 10th anniversary celebration with a fall festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20. The festivities on Oct. 19 will include live music (noon-4 p.m.), face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, local groups such as Sacramento Area Bee Keepers, food truck (one complimentary food voucher per customer), dunk tank (proceeds benefit South Sacramento community) and the Sacramento Orchid Forum Club’s annual Orchid Show. Games, face painting, balloons and free treats will be offered on smaller scale Oct. 20.
16. Green Acres Nursery, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; (916) 381-1625. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Green Acres will celebrate its 10th anniversary celebration with a fall festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20. The festivities on Oct. 19 will include live music (noon-4 p.m.), face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, local groups such as Sacramento Area Bee Keepers, food truck (one complimentary food voucher per customer) and dunk tank (proceeds benefit South Sacramento community). Games, face painting, balloons and free treats will be offered on smaller scale Oct. 20.
17. Keema Pumpkin Farm, 6532 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove; (916) 684-2334, http://www.keemapumpkinfarm.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-dusk Tuesday-Sunday. A hub of family entertainment with free hay rides, farm animals, corn maze (entry fee) and hay maze (entry fee).
18. Pumpkin Acres, 3101 El Centro Road, Sacramento; (916) 929-7546. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. A 2-acre corn maze and hay rides available for a nominal fee, and free straw bale maze designed for children.
19. The Pumpkin Farm, 7736 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights; (916) 726-1137, http://www.pumpkinfarm.net. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. In addition to the piles of pumpkins, the farm is loaded with attractions from a farm zoo, slides and corn maze to a haunted barn and train rides. Tickets vary: $2.50 single, $10 pass.
20. Soil Born Farms, American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova; (916) 363-9685. Selling pumpkins at the farm stand only, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.
21. Zittel Farms, 6781 Oak Ave., Folsom; (916) 989-2633. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Hay rides on weekends, animals, antiques and fall decorations.
22. U-Pick Pumpkins, 5415 Kenneth Ave., Fair Oaks; (916) 765-7932. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. A playground for families, with a picnic area, hay rides ($2), rope swing, animals.
23. Cool Patch Pumpkins, 6585 Milk Farm Road, Dixon; (530) 304-0163, http://www.coolpatchpumpkins.com. Hours: Opens at 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Nov. 1 (weather permitting). Offers all the essentials for a full day of fall fun: a 53-acre corn maze, wagon rides, Indian village, African grass mini-maze, corn bath quicksand pit, pedal karts, kid’s zone with straw maze and a pumpkin smash. Prices vary.
24. Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch, Highway 113 between Woodland and Davis (exit Road 29); follow the signs; (530) 867-4167, http://www.yourpumpkins.com. Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Work your way through the 2-acre Milo maze, feed the animals, get your face painted, snap a photo at one of the picture props, climb a hay pyramid, take a pony ride. Prices vary.
25. Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, 3010 W. Burrows, West Sacramento; (916) 849-9450, http://www.davespumpkinpatch.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-dusk Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. This family amusement gem located on Vierra Farms features a 10-acre corn maze, which becomes the haunted Deadly Harvest on weekends and Halloween week (dusk-11 p.m.); hay and pony rides; corn boxes; jumping pillow; pumpkin princess castle; photo booth; gold mining; hay maze; pumpkin chunkin’; zipline. Prices vary: $3-$35.
26. Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch, 19376 Old River Road, West Sacramento; (916) 997-8573, http://unclerayspumpkinpatch.com or http://www.sacramentorivertrain.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Visit the farm by Sacramento River Train (10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 20, 22, 27; $36 general, $29 children). The Pumpkin Train journey features strolling scarecrows entertaining passengers with stories, a visit to the pumpkin patch and a souvenir pumpkin. Farm attractions include hay and corn mazes and tractor-pulled hay rides.
27. Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland; (530) 633-2568, http://www.bishopspumpkinfarm.com. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Visitors can take a seat aboard the John Deere tractor hay ride to pick one of the pumpkins that dot the 72-acre field; explore the farm via the open-air diesel locomotive; whip down 200 feet of wire on the zip line; and find fun getting lost in the corn maze. See the website for a list of other attractions and a complete event schedule. Fun Packs range $7.95 to $10.95. Parking is $10.
Source: Sacramento Bee