‘Tis the Season for Pumpkins
By Noel Daniel
It’s the season of the gourd, and people everywhere are playing in patches, decorating, and drinking lattes.
So what are some of the best places in Stanislaus County to fuel your pumpkin fire? We’ve found local stops that’ll curb your cravings for pumpkin fun, style, and eats.
Pumpkins for Fun
If you’re looking for the perfect carving pumpkin, you might try Dutch Hollow Farms first, located on Oakdale Road. You can visit farm animals, enjoy a rustic hay ride, or simply drink in the autumnal decor. And if you’re looking for some unique pumpkin decor, R.A.M Farms offers “pumpkin scratching,” where you can scratch a message into a pumpkin for a unique scar that reads whatever you choose. Stop by ramfarms.com and fill out a form by Sept. 30 to snag one for yourself before they run out.
Another local favorite is Fantozzi Farms–dash through a corn maze, play on the hay bale pyramids, or take a ride on the cow train. For a two-day festival of fun, try Bloomingcamp Ranch’s 2016 Harvest Festival, featuring live music, kids activities, food, and arts and crafts, taking place Sept. 24 to 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And for still more options, both Rodin Farms and the Resendiz Family Fruit Barn have pumpkin patches. With so many options nearby, what’s stopping you from visiting them all?
Pumpkins for Style
When autumn starts moving in, it’s always fun to change your home’s colors with the leaves—and that’s just what you can do if you stop by most local boutiques. Some of our favorite year-round shops include Crow Trading and Fleur De Lis in Modesto, as well as Vintage Market, Farm House, Treasure Hunters, and Main Street Antiques in Turlock. These stylishly savvy shops might have a few perfect fall treasures you won’t find anywhere else.
Or to feel especially fancy, try getting a Pumpkin Facial from Renee’s Day Spa. Pumpkin facials are good for softening, smoothing, and hydration. The enzymes in pumpkins are also particularly good for fine lines and wrinkles.
Pumpkins for Eating
Almost everyone knows about the coming of the ever popular Pumpkin Spice Latte during the fall season. But let’s not overlook the in-town bakeries and cafes that stock some of the most heartbreakingly scrumptious pumpkin flavors this side of the pumpkin patch— like the Queen Bean, which packs a punch with its own Pumpkin Spice beverage.
For some adorably-designed pumpkin cookies, try stopping by Lisa’s Cookie Jar in Turlock. Not only do they have darling cookies, but they have other amazing fall flavors—one year, they even whipped up a batch of maple bacon. Still hankering for more pumpkin baked goods? Try Village Baking Company’s pumpkin pies, rolls, scones, and breads. They even have cakes decorated to look like pumpkins!
For a cooler treat, try stopping by Yogurt Mill. They’ll be swirling up their popular pumpkin pie yogurt for sure—so catch it before it runs out! Yogolicious will also carry a creamy pumpkin concoction of their own, so make sure to hit all the stops on your pumpkin frenzy.