From Halloween jack-o-lanterns, to interesting gourds and delicious winter squash, the fall tradition of loading a wagon full of pumpkins is alive and well in Turlock, thanks to R.A.M. Farms. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes greet visitors to the R.A.M. Farms patch. The farm has over 40 varieties to choose from, and families can either pick their own or choose from a pre-picked selection.
“This year we have the privilege of selling new pumpkins,” said R.A.M owner Ron Macedo. “New this year, we will have Pink Porcelain Doll, with proceeds donated to support breast cancer research as well as Snowball, Marinia de Chioggia and Cave Man’s Club.”
There are usually two pick-your-own patches run by R.A.M. Farms, one in Ceres and one in Turlock. However, Macedo said that pumpkins have to be rotated so the Turlock pumpkins had to be moved a few miles away from the normal patch spot on Canal and Daubenberger. Instead of pumpkins, Macedo grew corn at the pumpkin patch and turned it into a corn maze.
The corn maze is also a crowd favorite among visitors. The easier “ghost path” goes around the outside of the maze, which is shaped like Frankenstein. The harder path is a maze through the center of the corn field with checkpoints along the path.
“The maze has several attendants who will help visitors out if they get lost or need assistance,” said Macedo. “They are identified by their staff t-shirts.”
The corn maze provides a new activity for older kids and adults. Smaller children can still enjoy their own hay maze for free. The course is designed for toddlers and up, and is short enough that mom and dad will always be in sight. There is also pumpkin bowling, where participants can buy a pumpkin and bowl ‘till it breaks.
“We will also be expecting about 1,000 students throughout the month on field trips,” said Macedo. “Students will have the opportunity to go through the maze, do some pumpkin bowling, and have some story time.”
R.A.M. Farms is open daily from noon to dusk, until Oct. 31. The cost of admission to the Turlock R.A.M Farms corn maze is $8 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and children under 5 are free with a paying adult. Visitors are asked to wear close-toed shoes and stay on the path. Flashlights are required after dusk. The maze is located on Canal Drive, where it dead ends at Daubenberger Road.
The Ceres you-pick pumpkin patch is located on the corner of Esmar and Rhode Road.
— NANCY ANGEL