Posted on October 12, 2012
Photo Post: Picking Pumpkins At Shamrock Farm
As it is for most people, autumn is a time for tradition in my family. One such tradition, though a newer one, is our annual trip to the local pumpkin patch. Shamrock Farm in the Comox Valley has quickly become a favourite spot for everyone in my family.
Stands of abundant fruit trees welcome visitors, each with a variety of dangling apples and plums.
The month of October is always the busiest at Shamrock Farm. The entire barn is creatively decorated for All Hallows Eve with brewing witches, glittering owls and a sea of pumpkins.
While the pumpkin patch is the farm’s main draw, the Farrell family also proudly grows garlic, corn, lavender and fruit. The barn also features a copper distillation tank in which organic lavender eventually becomes goat milk soap, sachets and essential oil.
New to me this year was Shamrock Farm’s own homemade jams – I picked up some tasty strawberry balsamic pepper jam as well as rhubarb jam.
Shamrock Farm features no end of activities to keep kids busy. Two shiny quarters will buy little ones a cup of feed and seed to toss out to the resident chickens and roosters.
My niece Sienna always has fun in the hay bale maze set up each autumn, guaranteeing fun (and a great energy burn) for her.
The main reason we visited Shamrock Farm last weekend was so that Sienna could pick a pumpkin for the front porch. However, with a field of gourds as far as little eyes can see, it seems nearly impossible to choose the perfect pumpkin.
We debated between little ones, big ones, tall ones, short ones, fat ones and skinny ones. Ultimately, Sienna decided on not one, not two, but a whole cart full of pumpkins and we ended up leaving with about seven in total (including a couple of sugar pumpkins that I could bake with).
Now is the perfect time to pick your pumpkins for Halloween. With a little bit of TLC, they’ll definitely last until the 31st and even a bit beyond. If you aren’t in the Comox Valley, there are a lot of great pumpkin patches across the island, so stay tuned Monday when I list some of the best spots on Vancouver Island to grab a gourd or two.
Shamrock Farm is located at 2276 Anderton Road in Comox [map]. The farm is open daily until October 31st from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free but be sure to bring cash or cheques to purchase your pumpkins as well as lavender, soaps, jams, honey, garlic and more. You can also visit Shamrock Farm online or check them out on Facebook and Pinterest.