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Here in Northern California it’s still way too hot, but I am determined to enjoy the month of October and all of the events that take place.  Last week I took my children to a pumpkin patch in Petaluma and they had the best time.  They were able to milk a cow, pet the baby calves, go through a maze, play in a corn sandbox and eat some farm-made pumpkin ice cream!  Here’s a list of farms in the Roseville, Rocklin and Loomis if you live out that way.

Below is this year’s Macaroni Kid Roseville-Rocklin-Lincoln guide to the BEST Pumpkin Patches nearby! These patches will leave you with a memorable experience. Check back in frequently because we’ll be adding more pumpkin patches.

And, be sure to check out our GUIDE TO THE BEST KID-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN ROSEVILLE, ROCKLIN & LINCOLN, which will be published in next week’s newsletter!

Best Pumpkin Patches in Placer County, Sacramento County and El Dorado County:

‘The Flower Farm’ in Loomis, CA – Pumpkin picking starts mid-October

Not only is this place super cute for little kids, but it’s AWESOME for parents who love a bit of beauty while sipping wine. Let your kids run wild in this small, country pumpkin patch and then meander over to Le Casque Winery, which is on the same property, for a wine tasting. Or, fill your belly with a small meal or coffee at the Flower Farm Café, which is also on the grounds. The Flower Farm sits on a beautiful piece of land in Loomis. This patch won’t give you the petting zoos, corn mazes or face painting experiences, but it will soothe your soul.

Address: 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, CA. 95650

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, CA – Sept. 20th through November 2nd

If you haven’t been there yet, you’ll need to take the drive to Bishop’s Pumpkin Patch at least once to experience the Halloween craze as you’ve never experienced it before. This is a traditional pumpkin patch on mega vitamins and your kids will LOVE it!! As with many patches, your child will be able to pick from a variety of sizes in an extensive and scenic pumpkin field. But unlike others, you can take a hay ride out to one of the pumpkin fields for a more entertaining hunt that’s worth the ride. This farm also has pumpkins that are bigger than small children. It’s amazing. In addition to the pumpkins, the farm offers fun pony rides with cute photo opportunities, a cool miniature train ride around the property, yummy food from a food stand that looks like a barn, a corn maze, sunflower maze slides and much more! It’s worth the drive and your children will never want to leave. This may become a family tradition.

Address: 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland, CA 95692

Horton Iris Garden in Loomis, Ca – Open Weekends in October from 9 – 5 PM

During the weekends in October, this quaint iris garden and farm is open to the general public for pumpkin picking. It’s set in the middle of Loomis in nature, and will bring you back to the days when picking pumpkins outdoors was simple, but still fun. Chickens and goats run around the farm, which are sure to be a hit with your kids.

Address: 7440 King Road, Loomis, ca 95650

For more information visit: http://www.hortonirisgarden.com/events/

Fog Willow Farms in Wilton, CA– October 1st – October 31st

This charming pumpkin farm is only open to the general public during October. It offers hundreds of pumpkins to pick from in a patch, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, a picnic area with shade and a shack that sells sweet treats such as pies, fudge and candy. There are said to be over 100 farm animals at Fog Willow Farms, which makes this a great excursion for children. And last but not least, Fog Willow Farms has opened a new experience for families – mining! This pumpkin farm is a short drive from Old Town Elk Grove.

Address: Fog Willow Farms, 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton CA 95693

Poppy Lane Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Auburn, CA

This pumpkin patch, located in Auburn, CA, will bring an hour or two of fun to your children and family. You can pick pumpkins from a traditional pumpkin patch and then play in the bounce houses, take a tractor ride, be a cowgirl or cowboy on a pony ride (available on weekends only) and jump over haystacks.

Address: 12110 Poppy Lane, Auburn, CA 95602

For more information visit: http://www.poppylanechristmasfarm.com/pumpkin_patch_services

Impossible Acres in Davis, CA – October 1st – October 31st

Impossible Acres is an actual farm that grows produce and sells to local stores. During October, the small family-owned farm opens its grounds to invite locals to pick pumpkins. The pumpkin patch is located by ‘Grandpa’s Barn,’ and while finding the right pumpkin, you’ll get a view of the expansive farm land for miles. If you’re looking for a more quiet experience, and you’ll be out near Davis anyways, this may be a good pick.

Address: Grandpa’s Barn is located on the corner of Road 31 and Road 98 in Davis, CA.

For more information and pictures visit: http://www.impossibleacres.com/index.php?pg=home
The Pumpkin Farm, Citrus Heights – October 3rd – October 31st

This nearby pumpkin farm in Citrus Heights offers a variety of activities for kids including a haunted barn, corn maze, farm zoo, train and a HUGE pumpkin patch! It’s a family favorite and if you’re looking for one just a short drive away, this is the place for you.

Address: 7736 Old Auburn Rd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Pick from one of Apple Hill Farm’s pumpkin patches – October 1 – October 31st

Going out to Apple Hill to pick apples and pumpkins during the Fall is a family tradition for many in the area, and its breathtaking views are worth the drive. This stretch of land called Apple Hill Farms winds between forest-covered hills and will make you feel like you’ve escaped to nature. Apple Hills offers a number of different farms to choose from (make sure you research and choose one that grows pumpkins and lets you pick them). If you do decide to make this a tradition, start early, as traffic can be grisly in the hills during the Fall, when everyone wants to escape to the foothills and Sierras for a day trip. This is a must-do at least once! Following is a link to the main website, where you can find information which farms offer pumpkin picking: http://www.applehill.com/apple-hill-growers/pumpkins/

Address: There are dozens of farms in ‘Apple Hill’ in Camino and El Dorado County. Check with each specific farm for directions.