People may choose their own pumpkin from the field, or one that has already been gathered, at the local Turlock Pumpkin Patch, located at East Canal Drive and Daubenberger Road.
Those choosing their pumpkin from the field should be reminded that the Pumpkin Patch is a working farm, they should wear appropriate shoes.
Because of the weather and more varieties planted this year, the 3rd year since the opening of the Turlock Pumpkin Patch is set to be even better than before for those looking to decorate and celebrate for fall harvest and Halloween.
Most of the 22 acres of pumpkins grown with a drip irrigation system by the Macedo family farming business, R.A.M. Farms, Inc., will be harvested and distributed to be sold throughout California and the west coast.
While most people will be choosing their Magic Lantern pumpkins, the most traditional for carving, many more varieties including mini pumpkins, yellow, green, red, and white pumpkins, gourds, Cinderella, Long Island Cheese, Red Warty Thing, Fairy Tale, Knucklehead, pie pumpkins, and in lots of sizes and shapes, will also be available as they’re planted around this year’s Scary Shed.
Class field trips are available by appointment for pre-school through 5th grade. Field trips include a lesson on how pumpkins grow, a tour of the field, a look at some farm equipment, and entry into the scarecrow contest, a scale to weigh the pumpkin, and choice of a pumpkin from the filed. There is also an area for a picnic or to have a snack.
Besides the gathering your own pumpkins and going through the scary shed, there are more fun activities for the family including a sand box and bowling with pumpkins.
The Turlock Pumpkin Patch and Scary Shed are open from noon until dark daily except on Saturdays where the opening time is 10am.