Fall Kickoff: Autumn Officially Begins With A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

By Andre Levesque, SacMidtown.com

For Sacramento, it’s that time of year when the climate begins to shift into another gear. The area is going to be going through a lot of changes in the next few weeks, some you will see, some you are just going to feel. Gone will be the 100˚ temperatures, here will be the changing colors of trees coupled with a battleship grey skyline.

There is something about the transition into autumn that I look forward to every year. It’s certainly not the leaves in my front yard, but it’s more just a change in the scenery. Mother nature’s equivalent of a makeover. Even though the official date of autumn began on September 22nd, in my family you don’t even think about declaring summer over until its time to go shopping for the next legendary pumpkin. The allure of shopping for that perfect pumpkin to carve a Jack-o’-lantern with your family just seems to make the transition to fall complete.

Almost every pumpkin patch holds something special and they all host a variety of pumpkins to choose from. Some pumpkins are oblong; some are tall, fat, and skinny, whatever you want. Every detail of each pumpkin seems to have a bit of individuality right down to the thickness of the stem and the color. Maybe you have an idea of what you want before you show up to the patch, or maybe your creative juices start flowing once you get there. One thing is for sure you’re not the only one taking your family to the patch with a mission in mind.

Personally, I’m motivated by an unspoken secret competition with my neighbors to one up each other. My neighbor beats me with his flush green lawn during the summer months, but I “own” him on Halloween with my masterful pumpkin carving.

Whatever your motivation is to visit the local pumpkin patch, one thing is for certain, a trip to buy a pumpkin is the first indication that summer is over and Thanksgiving is on the way.

For my family we have an annual tradition to visit Zittel Farms in Folsom to buy our pumpkins. Zittel’s may not have the biggest farm, but they do have all the necessary elements to make a memorable visit to the pumpkin patch. Zittel’s has tractor rides, pony rides, and a corn maze and even a petting zoo to suit whatever your family may want to do.

There are plenty of pumpkin patches in the area with all sorts of different activities. Your local grocer will carry better deals on pumpkins no doubt, but the grocers can’t recreate sharing the joy of Halloween with the local farmers, and the family friendly atmosphere.

If you don’t have a special pumpkin patch tradition below is a list of pumpkin patches recommended to me around the Sacramento region. If you have more that you would like me to add to this list, please email me at alevesque25@yahoo.com. I would also like to see your Jack o’ lantern creations, so please email a photo of the finished product.



  • Zittel Farms
    6781 Oak Ave
    Folsom, CA 95630


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