Sophie Says: Finding the perfect pumpkin

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Gerald Taylor
Special to the Express

Gramps Says
Families in Winters who enjoy yearly visits to pumpkin patches are fortunate in that we have three that are located within a fifteen minute drive. It’s still not too late to find the perfect pumpkin.

The first stop in our tour was Impossible Acres which is located at the intersection of County Roads 31 and 98. Most likely you have noticed the distinctive red barn at this location while driving to Davis. This is a great place to visit for families with young children as they feature a petting zoo where children can intermingle with goats, bunnies, chickens, a calf, a pig, black sheep, ponies and piglets. Pumpkins can be selected from the pumpkin patch field. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second stop was at Bobby Dazzlers Pumpkin Patch located at 23300 County Road 99D. The best way to get there is turn west off of State Hwy. 113 at County Road 29 and hang a right on 99D. If you like pumpkins from the very smallest to huge then this is the place to go. They also display every size, color and shape of gourds that you can imagine.

And if you are brave and ‘just want to get lost’ for a while you can venture into the Milo Maze corn field. A youngster can also climb a hay bale pyramid or navigate a kiddy maze constructed with hay bales. One of the most popular attractions is the Cow Train which is advertised as a ten minute ride with bridges, bumps and boos, loops and laughs for ages 1 to 99. Their hours are noon to 7 p.m.

It was here that I found the perfect pumpkin, a two man to lift size that barely fit into the trunk

The final visit was made at Silveyville Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Farm. It is located at 6248 Silveyville Rd. in Dixon. To get there turn off Interstate 80 at Pitt School Road which you follow until your left turn onto Silveyville Road. You may select pumpkins from the field in which they are grown. They also feature a modest hay pyramid, but when you enter the gift shop you will see that Christmas is their big deal. The shop is full of lights and Christmas ornaments of every description. Their weekday hours are noon to 6 p.m., opening at 10 a.m. on weekends.

Some of the pumpkin patches, such as Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, that were open last year are closed this year so be sure to check the status on the internet of any of the farms that you plan to visit.

Sophie Says
Halloween is my favorite day of the year because so many children come to the door. I have been accused of being ‘friendly to a fault’ when meeting visitors, especially children. The worst day of the year is the fourth of July when all the fireworks go off. I hide under the bed.

If you are crazy enough to enter one of those corn mazes, here’s a word of caution. The sheriff department reported last year that they received several 911 calls to rescue people who were lost in a large corn maze. I can just imagine flashlights and bloodhounds.

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