Fresh from the patch

Trenton Nelson of Moab, Utah, selects a large pumpkin with his family at the Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Grand Junction.



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Trenton Nelson of Moab, Utah, selects a large pumpkin with his family at the Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Grand Junction.

QUICKREAD

■ Moon Farm, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. $7 per person, kids under 4 free.  Includes petting zoo, haunted straw maze, corn maze and hay rides. Pumpkins are sold by weight. Moon Farm is at 1360 18 1/2 Road. Call 858-7176.

■  Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. $8 for people 4 and older and includes all activities except the Farm Fun Pass and the Dark Acres Haunted Maze. Pumpkins are sold separately. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on-leash. Studt’s is at 21 1/2 and I 1/2 roads; call 970-462-6361.

■ Bill’s Pumpkin Patch at 52110 Amber Road in Delta.Come at any time (within reason, of course), said owner Bill English. “We live on the farm.”  As for pricing, “we’re real liberal,” he said. Call 970-258-5630.

■ Covered Bridge Ranch in Montrose, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27. The $5 fee includes refreshments, hay rides and a marshmallow roast. Pumpkin prices vary by size. The ranch is at 17249 Dave Wood Road. Call 970-240-0106.

■ Devries Produce in Olathe, home to 10 acres of pumpkins and a 20-acre corn maze. Pumpkins are $4 regardless of size. 9 a.m to 6 p.m. every day. 60542 Gunnison Road. 970-323-6559.

■ U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in New Castle, five acres of organically grown pumpkins. Open from daylight until dark. Pumpkins sold by the pound. Hay rides and ogling of ducks, chickens and pigs free. 6072 Peach Valley Road; call 970-984-9090.

■ Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch in New Castle, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, open Monday through Thursday for groups.  Free entrance to patch; 12 games including pumpkin launcher and straw maze, are free for those 2 and under, $5 for children ages 3 to 5, $8 for people ages 6 to 59 and $7 for people 60 and older. 6501 Peach Valley Road. Call 970-984-3850.

PICK A PECK OF PUMPKINS THIS WEEKEND



Agriculture, of necessity, requires a certain amount of emotional distance. It’s rarely a good idea to name the calves and there’s little point in getting spiritually invested in each individual peach.

But surely pumpkins are different. They’re such jolly things, which may be why Rob Kimball at Orchard Valley Farms in Paonia refers to them in terms usually reserved for puppies.

“We love it when people come out and adopt a pumpkin,” he said with a laugh. “We’re hoping that they all have a happy home this year.”

The farm is continuing its annual tradition of donating all the proceeds from its you-pick pumpkin patch to an area nonprofit group. This year it’s Partners and so far, Kimball said, pumpkins have earned more than $3,000.

There’s no admission to the pumpkin patch and no set price for the pumpkins; instead, there are suggested donations “but otherwise we let people’s conscience be their guide,” Kimball said.

The pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Nov. 3 and is at 15836 Black Bridge Road in Paonia. For more information call 970-527-6838.



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