When the calendar hits October, it’s like a switch flips and I embrace all things Fall! And with that, there becomes a growing need to go explore local pumpkin patches. One of my family’s favorites is Ferrari Farms.
As a long-time Reno resident, I have made Ferrari Farms Pumpkin Patch part of my annual Autumn activities, since the pumpkin patch opened in 1997.
Entry into the farm is free, but activities are individually priced. Over 40 different varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and decorations are perfect for your harvest season. Attempt to navigate your way through our 5-acre corn maze. Take a hayride on our tractor-pulled trailer where you will get a beautiful view of the farm and the Truckee River.
Pumpkin Patch and Beyond
As the years went by, the patch grew, and new activities were introduced.
Featured activities at Ferrari Farms over the year include:
A corn maze & corn walk
A mechanical bull
Fire pits & movie nights
Paintball zombie hunt
Pumpkin, squash, and gourd picking (with over 40 varieties)
U-pick sunflowers and vegetables
Private Parties & Events
And of course….Baby Goat Yoga!!!
Other activities for this year include:
Movie Nights w/ Fire Pits
Concerts & Live Music
Ferrari Farms History – Over 100 Years of Tradition
Ferrari Farms was established in 1912 by Dominico and Caterina Ferrari. They were hard workers and worked their farm from sun-up to sun-down.
Their only son Frank Ferrari Sr. was born on November 11, 1920, in the family’s small 2 bedroom farmhouse. Frank followed in his parents’ footsteps.
He was taught about the challenges of farming in Northern Nevada, including dealing with droughts, floods, and everything in between.
In March of 1971, Frank married Joanne. And less than a year later they had Frank Ferrari Jr., their only child.
Bringing the Farm into the 21st Century
Frank Jr. also followed in the farming lifestyle and worked closely with his father Frank Sr.
Over the years they grew many crops including corn, potatoes, onions & squash.
The produce was harvested and sold to local markets.
And the family started growing what Ferrari Farms is best known for today, PUMPKINS!
As the family farm entered the 21st Century, the Ferrari Family grew by two. Frank Jr welcomed Conor (born in 1997) and Alexey (in 2000).
By that time, the Ferrari Pumpkin Patch was here to stay.
Year-Round Farm Fun
Ferrari Farms is now enjoyed year-round by Northern Nevada families and thousands of people. Every season brings new fun for the whole family.
Spring and Early Summer = Baby Goat Yoga
Baby goat yoga incorporates animal therapy where participates exercise, practice yoga and attempt to meditate with goats.
If you partake in this hilarious activity, be prepared to have goats snuggle beside you, nibble on your hair, climb on your back, and melt your heart.
Private Group goat yoga sessions are available
Midsummer = Summer of Sunflowers
Summer of Sunflowers is one of Ferrari Farm’s most popular events
Over 20+ variety of sunflowers and other flowers are grown
Families are invited to wander the fields and pick flowers
This is also a perfect opportunity for family photoshoots
Late Summer = U-Pick Vegetables
As Summer comes to a close, Ferrari Farms welcomes families to come to pick their own veggies
Crops often include varieties of squash, eggplant, beans, tomatoes, corn, and cucumbers
Vegetables are priced individually, but often a sign is posted that payment is on an “honors system”
Late Fall/Winter = Decorative Gourd Decorating
Decorative Gourds become available for sale once the weather begins to get cooler.
Gourds grown on the farm are dried, hollowed & hung with a rope
Painting/decorating these make for a fun project and make for great birdhouses
A Field Trip for Every Season
Ferrari Farms has been hosting field trips for Northern Nevada students for over 20 years!
Students are given the opportunity to grow outside of the classroom, seeing first hand where their food comes from and how it grows.
Visitors also learn how we benefit from different animals and Mother Nature.
Interested in Spending the Day at the Farm?
One of the best parts about Ferrari Farms is it is located inside the city limits of Reno! While the farm was originally located outside of town, the city has grown up around this little treasure. This makes it a quick visit for a day of play!
Visiting Ferrari Farms has become more than a field trip, it is now a family tradition. I love that I get to enjoy this local favorite year-long. Ferrari Farms is a special little place that every Northern Nevadan should visit.
Have you and your family made memories at Ferrari Farms too?
We, at Nevada Moms, would love to hear about your favorite experiences and what you love most.
Sarah Bear Rively is a Reno resident for over 30 years and loves the uniqueness of Northern Nevada. Sarah and her husband are parents to a sassy, smart, considerate “three-anger". Sarah has spent the majority of her career helping Reno’s at-risk populations through non-profit and social service work. She now proudly works for the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Sarah considers herself a fun-loving person who enjoys laughing, getting creative, helping the community, and spending time with family. You can follow her in real life on Instagram and TikTok.