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Turlock pumpkin patch, corn maze open for season

Turlock pumpkin patch, corn maze open for season

The R.A.M Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze offers over 40 types of pumpkins and a 20-acre corn maze for the whole community to enjoy.


POSTED October 25, 2013 5:17 p.m.

For the past six years, Ron and Karen Macedo have opened the R.A.M Farms pumpkin patch to the public during the harvest season. Three years ago, the Macedo family decided to take their pumpkin patch one step further by opening a 20-acre corn maze for the community.

“We can’t wait. We love the pumpkins and I’m excited to see what people think of our new maze,” said Karen Macedo. “It’s designed as an ‘evil kitty’ this year, and it’ll be more challenging than last year’s maze.”

Drawing in more than 10,000 guests last harvest season, R.A.M Farms continues to be a popular destination for families within the Turlock area.

Aside from the corn maze, children and adults can enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities at the R.A.M Farms pumpkin patch including pumpkin bowling, a hay maze, a peddle-tractor trail for kids, a large sandbox, and the scary haunted shed.

On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can participate in the “Freaky Flashlight Nights” where bravery is key while navigating through the dark, daunting corn maze at night with only a flashlight handy.

Guests must bring their own flashlight to participate in the “Freaky Flashlight Nights,” and children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s pumpkin patch will also feature more than 40 different types of pumpkins and an abundance of squash and decorative gourds.

“I’m excited about the new pumpkins this year,” said Macedo. “My husband’s father used to grow pink banana squash, which can weigh up to 30 pounds, and we’re going to continue that tradition this year by offering those.”

As one of the only five growers throughout the State of California to grow Pink Porcelain Doll pumpkins, R.A.M Farms has partnered with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to help fight breast cancer. According to Macedo, a percentage of the proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year will go towards organizations involved with breast cancer research.

“Part of the proceeds are going towards the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, and the other part will go towards our own local organizations involved with fighting cancer, like the Hilmar and Turlock Relay For Life events,” said Macedo. “It’s a great organization to be helping out.”

The R.A.M Farms pumpkin patch and corn maze is located at 716 N. Daubenberger Rd., in Turlock, and is open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Field trips are also available during the week by appointment.

The corn maze is $6 for children and $8 for adults during the day, and $8/child and $10/adult during the Freaky Flashlight Nights. Children 5 and under are always free. Activities at the pumpkin patch are free with a pumpkin purchase.

 

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