Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

1415 Pumpkin Lane

The History of Bishop's Farm

1930s-Wayne & Dorothy Move West
In the mid 1930s, Wayne Bishop of Nebraska and Dorothy Pryer of Iowa graduated from the University of Nebraska and were married. Getting away from the dust bowl in the Midwest, they headed for California and within a few years, established a small dairy in Arboga.

1960s-A Second Generation Farm
Their middle son, Bill, and his wife Sandy (Mullins), took over the dairy in the early 1960s.

The farm which is now Bishop's was the Wild Rose Dairy in the first half of the 20th century. Bill and Sandy were attracted to the old barns and the large poplar trees lining the road, and purchased 40 acres and the farmstead.

Bill leased more acreage and planted corn, alfalfa and beans, but Sandy had other ideas. In 1973, she planted about an acre of pumpkins in a small field in front of the house and invited the local schools to come out on field trips. Sandy had been a teacher and she knew how much kids could learn from visiting a real farm. The pumpkins would just be an excuse to get the kids out.

The field trips proved popular, and Bill and Sandy soon learned that many of the kids wanted to bring their families back on the weekends. More and bigger pumpkins were planted the following year, and word was also getting around about the pumpkin pies that Sandy was baking in her kitchen.

An old farm wagon was put into service for hayrides, and the kids' ponies were saddled and tied to a tree for self-service pony rides. By this time, Bill and Sandy's sons Bruce and Wayne were 9 and 8 years-old, and were put into service driving the hayrides and pulling the jumbo pumpkins out of the field.

The Bishop Family, with pumpkins, trains, and family fun for all, Bishops Pumpkin Farm, Wheatland, CaliforniaIn 1988, Bruce graduated from college and returned to the farm with his wife Tracy to provide some much needed help. Six years later, Bruce decided to follow another career, and in the spring of 1995, Wayne an his wife Ann moved to the farm, along with their children Austin, Lee, and Meghan.

2004-Who We Are Today
In November, 2004, Bill retired, leaving management of the day-to-day operations to Wayne. Sandy had cut back her hours during the off season, but will still be there to manage her bakery in the fall.

Although none of the Bishops ever envisioned Bishop's Pumpkin Farm growing to its present size, they are still thrilled to be able to make a living in a way that is so enriching to other families as well as their own.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Came here for a field trip for the hamburger farm experience. The guide was great at keeping the kids in line while educating them on farm life. You get to see, smell, and touch the various parts of the tour. If you come on a warm day make sure that you bring lots of sunscreen, a hat, and a good pair of walking shoes. The farm has lots of little shops with trinkets and food. Prices are what you'd expect at any small place trying to make a buck. The farm also hosts a pumpkin experience in the fall that my kids loved. The farm is right off 65, 45 minutes away from Citrus Heights when their isn't any traffic.

Sarahi Banales

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Last season we visited BPF several times. I absolutely adore the cookies sold here! Corn dogs and fries need to be hotter. I had to ask for new ones last time i went because they were super cold. Overall love this place and we hope to visit many more times.. Good place to take pics and make memories with the families

chandler ely

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Awesome memory maker! I came here as a kid and now I take my kids every year. You can buy a bucket of cookies. Small animal walk through. A train car walk through. Corn maze. The hay ride out to the pumpkin patch is fun. But the best thing is probably the mini train ride around the grounds!

Matt Ball

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
My family and I love Bishop's. It's been an annual tradition of ours since our son was 3. We look forward to going each year before Halloween. It kicks off our holiday season. Great food, lots to do, and great staff. We will continue to visit each year for years to come. Wish they would do more for Christmas...

Raymond Rodriguez

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Great place for the whole family. They have a Zipline, animals for the kids to pet, a train ride, pony rides with pictures, good food and lots more activities for the whole family. Plus a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch for for to pick out pumpkins for your family. Great place to enjoy especially before Halloween.