Autumn is mine and many others favorite season for many reasons. The leaves changing colors, cold weather finally arriving giving me a reason to dig out all my favorite sweaters — yes, autumn brings many great things. Along with this beautiful autumn scenery, there’s also a special tradition that makes this season the greatest: pumpkin […]
Autumn is mine and many others favorite season for many reasons. The leaves changing colors, cold weather finally arriving giving me a reason to dig out all my favorite sweaters — yes, autumn brings many great things. Along with this beautiful autumn scenery, there’s also a special tradition that makes this season the greatest: pumpkin patches.
Pumpkin patches bring that homey warm feeling with the classic corn mazes, kernel pools, and playground haystacks. But which Sacramento patch holds the best pumpkins? The Talon went to two of Sacramento’s finest pumpkin patches to determine which one is the best.
The Sacramento area is home to many pumpkin patches. After speaking to some Christian Brothers students, I found Fog Willow and Dave’s Pumpkin Patch to be among the two most popular.
I visited Fog Willow, located in Wilton right outside of the heart of Elk Grove. It was immediately easy to tell Fog Willow is a pumpkin patch for younger audiences with activities like a train and unlimited hayrides.
However, Fog Willow offers one unique section that other patches sometimes don’t offer: a petting zoo!
“I babysit little kids a lot, so I took them to Fog Willow because it was the closest,” Lucy Carvalho (‘20) says. “It turned out to be a really nice, and I was surprised to see they had a petting zoo that the kids enjoyed.”
Lucy went on to say Fog Willow not only had fun activities, but delicious food as well.
“The fudge was also super good,” Lucy joyfully said. “I usually don’t like pumpkin, but they had really good pumpkin pie fudge. I’d definitely recommend this pumpkin patch.”
As fun as Fog Willow sounds, the hype behind Dave’s pumpkin patch has been high this year, especially with Senior Joey Engstrom (‘20) being a respected employee at the patch.
“I’ve worked and enjoyed Dave’s pumpkin patch for a long time,” Joey says. “Right now I make donuts and basically set up for any special event or event taking place.”
Joey says business is booming depending on the season.
“We are open for a fairly long time — we close around end of November to December and open again in July or August. Of course Halloween and October is the busiest — it gets super crowded about every weekend.”
With the two pumpkin patches being so popular, I wondered if there was any rivalry in the pumpkin patch business.
“There has been some competition with Fog Willow this year — their petting zoo really gets us.” Joey admits. “But they did have an accident on a swing so, you could say business did slow down a little bit. Dave’s has never had any accidents.”
Sacramento offers lots of pumpkin patches, but with the help of the Christian Brothers community we decided about the two most popular. So whether you’re getting a donut at Dave’s or petting a goat at Fog Willow, you’re destined to have a great time!