The 6 most Instagramable Farms and Pumpkin Patches

 

Now that we have slipped into fall, the leaves are changing colours and crunching under our feet, scarfs and boots have been pulled out from the storage closet, we need to discuss something important.

Halloween!! As stated in Mean Girls “ In girl world Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”  

Here at KG we do love a good costume party, but lets not forget some of the traditions that we use to enjoy when we were young. FINDING THE PERFECT PUMPKIN.

Now that we are older pumpkin patches hold so much more than those bulbous orange blobs- opportunities for the best Instagram photo.

Here is a list of most Instagramable pumpkin patches in the lower mainland

Let's all grab our boots, plaid shirts, and a PSL and head out to get some cliche photos!

Photo by Inna Heasley from Pexels

Photo by Inna Heasley from Pexels

 


     Richmond Country Farms

Located at: 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond BC

A farm that has been family run for the last 40 years and a market is a lively, unique place that has more seasonal fruit and vegetables than one can keep track of.

Since the lower mainland offers excellent growing conditions (nice way of saying that it rains all the time, so plants are happy), Country Farms seises this opportunity to cultivate small farms and get the most bang for their buck- in turn, that means better cheaper produce for all of us.

When it comes to their pumpkin patch, they do not disappoint. The $ 11.00 admission covers a wagon ride, live band, a child-size pumpkin, and a locally grown apple to top it off.

With actors dressed up as Polly Pumpkin and Strawberry Shortcake, decorations of corn, and even an imported house from Transylvania.

Being one farm that I visited on the regular as a child, both with school and my family, for me this is a local place that holds a particular spot in my heart. If you have a chance to visit I highly recommend that you do!

 

Maan Farms

Located at: 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford

Maan Farm started in 1977 by an elderly couple with the help of their three children. They started off by growing some cole crops, (commonly known as broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and kale) they soon realized that their lands were perfect for delicious strawberries, raspberries and the blueberries that they are commonly famous for.

In 1982 with a  few years of experience under their belts, the Maan’s opened their first roadside stand on the farm. From one small berry stand the Maan Farm has grown into a place that has something for everyone!!

From the petting zoo to the homemade jam and ice cream stand to the corn maze, Maan Farm is sure to please even the hardest of hearts. The farm may have grown and changed over the last 35 years, but one thing remains true, it is still family run (now by the children and grandchildren) and continues to grow the best strawberries in the Fraser Valley.

If you are not of the faint heart, we suggest that you head to the Maan Farm to have the pants scared off of you. With 5 acres of pure terror, the proud Maan family can say that not only do they have the best produce but also the scariest corn maze in all of Canada!

 

Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm

Located at: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack BC

The Chilliwack Corn Maze was one of the first of its time to be an agriculture tourist hit (agri-tourism). Two families have come together to make this possible, the Bruinsma’s and Taekema’s have been co-operating the maze since 1999.

With more than 15 different attractions, including a 12-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch with more than 12 different variety's just waiting to be picked, tractor rides, giant jumping pillow- no one will leave with anything less than an ear to ear grin.

The farm also strives to teach the younger generations about agriculture and where their food actually comes from. The kids learn about composting, worms and the role they play, grinding flour, making butter and the ins and outs on a dairy farm. Knowing that these youngsters are our future at the farm, they strive to educate through interactive and hands-on learning.

 

Westham Island Herb Farm

Located at: 4690 Kirkland Road, Delta BC

The Westham Island Herb Farm has been in the Ellis family for over a century and at its current location in Delta since 1916. In the early days, the Ellis family grew grain, and it evolved into the extensive product assortment that they now raise.

The Farm stands by all that they make and vows to be unsurpassed in the quality and flavour of all that they harvest. “My goal is to offer to produce hand-harvested and picked daily from the field, ensuring the freshest fruits and vegetables you can buy.”

For those that have a green thumb, they also offer a wide selection of herb and vegetable seedlings early in the season for you to take home and grow in your own garden. Over the years they have curated their pumpkin patch to offer a wide variety of colour and size.


 

The surrounding areas.

The surrounding areas are just as beautiful, if not more so than the main part of the city. Steveston, North Vancouver, Langley, Bowen Island, Vancouver Island— the list goes on.

We are unbelievably fortunate to not only have a picturesque city centre but the majority of places nearby as well.

If you are looking for that quiet island getaway, you HAVE to go to Salt Spring Island. One of my favourite places in the world that boasts ocean views everywhere you look and some of the best damn cheese you have ever eaten.

 

Southland’s Heritage Farm

Located at: 6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver BC

Situated in the heart of bustling Vancouver, Southland Farms they know the importance of getting people out and educated about farms in and around our large city.

They see the priority of working with our ecosystem and biodiversity to hold on to the lands that should never be built on. They strive to show people of all ages the importance of taking care of our planet and all that lives on it.

With their pumpkin patch only being open for October it allows the farmers to focus on giving the best quality gourds they can as well as lead a more hands-on approach to educating everyone.

After a busy day at the office head on over to pick up your pumpkin while borrowing a book from the Potting Shed lounge, play in the straw pile or head over and meet the friendly goats, sheep, chickens, and horses!! An educational as well as an Instagramable spot for all.

 

Taves Family Farm Applebarn

Located at: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford BC

25 years ago the Taves Family started their apple farm (what they would soon become known for) with the dream to provide a farm-fun experience with gifts centred around the fall season.

When looking for something to do with the whole family, Taves farm offers, hayrides, pony rides, corn maze, pick your own apple as well as choose your own pumpkin!

Owning their own store on the property ensures that what you are buying comes from the highest quality or farm-to-table ingredients. Not only can you buy these handmade goodies but the Taves believe in spreading the knowledge by sharing their family honed recipes.

“The land we own is a gift that must be nurtured, respected and preserved. As trusted by the generations before us, we aspire to be a leading model in sustainable agriculture”, if that is not a vision statement to inspire all, then I don't know what is. If you’re not able to make it to the farm, no stress... The Taves family attends 5 farmers markets in an area that is sure to be near you.


Living in a city that is continuously pushing us all to work hard and to be better than we were the day before, we tend to forget the little things that use to bring us joy.

Example carving pumpkins. For the sake of anyone's mental health, we need to slow down at times and do a task that will give us nothing but a smile (and maybe a sticky arm). These farms that I have listed above are not only good for your Instagram feed but also your wellbeing.

These families want to do their part in educating people on how to eat better produce, take better care of our lands and in turn, take care of ourselves.

We suggest that if you have the time to head out to even just one of these places, GO AND DO IT! Take a photo if you must and then bury your phones in the bottom of a bag and just enjoy the awe and wonder that is mother nature.

Tell us what you think of these farms, and where your favourite spots are to go and grab some pumpkins!

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