Pumpkin season starts this weekend. These Northern California farms let you pick your own

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Fall officially begins Saturday, which means pumpkin patches across the Sacramento region will soon open their gates to customers looking for the perfect jack-o-lantern.

The Sacramento Bee compiled a list of 14 pumpkin patches across Sacramento, Placer, Yuba and Yolo counties gearing up for the spooky season. Some offer free admission, others don’t.

Here’s what we found.

Dave’s Pumpkin Patch

Vierra Farms in West Sacramento is home to Dave’s Pumpkin Patch. The entire family can climb aboard the hayride and pick their favorite pumpkins.

The farm also offers mazes, pig races and pony rides. The patch opens on Saturday and is open through the end of October.

Are you planning to go?

  • Address: 3010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento

  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday

  • Tickets: $12 to $70 (for a family package)

  • What to know: The farms only accept cash or checks on the premises.

Keema’s Pumpkin Farm

“Come enjoy the Country” at Keema’s Pumpkin Farm, according to its website. Established in 2007, the farm is home to a variety of pumpkins for the picking, typically ranging between $2 and $20.

Once you’re there, you can also visit the corn maze and look at the animals. Keema’s Pumpkin Farms opens on Friday, Sept. 29 and closes on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Are you planning to go?

  • Address: 6532 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday through Sunday

  • Tickets (daily entrance fee): $6 for children 2 to 12; $8 for those 13 and up; Free for kids under 2

  • What to know: Parking is free

Little Field Farms

Little Field Farms in Loomis is slated to reopen on Saturday featuring “all things pumpkin” including patches and slingshots. The “best” patch in Placer County closes at the end of October, according to its website.

Are you planning to go?

  • Address: 9000 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis

  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily

  • What to know: Don’t forget to check out the green Cinderella pumpkins

Bishop Pumpkin Farm

Bishop Pumpkin Farm offers hayrides into the field so guests can pick their own pumpkin. The patch opened in early September and runs through Sunday, Nov. 5.

Are you planning to go?

  • Address: 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland

  • Hours: Depends on the season

  • Tickets: Admission is free, but parking prices depend on the day

  • What to know: Be prepared for uneven ground

Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch

Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch will open for the season on Saturday with a variety of pumpkins. According to its website, prices depend on both size and variety. The patch closes on Oct. 31.

Pets are not allowed, the farm wrote on its website. Service animals are welcome.

Are you planning to go?

  • Address: 23300 County Road 99D, Woodland

  • Hours: Noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday through Sunday

  • Tickets: Admission and parking is free

  • What to know: Use the free wagons in the patch


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