Autumn Visit to Shamrock Farm

One of my family’s absolute favourite annual traditions is a visit (or two) to Shamrock Farm in the autumn. Pumpkins are plentiful, the garlic is harvested and the barn is ready to welcome everyone in time for Halloween.

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Upon arrival, Sienna almost always makes a bee-line for the spooky seasonal decorations in the barn, including Shamrock Farm’s resident witch, brewing her mysterious concoction in her cauldron. Clearly, Sienna isn’t afraid of her!

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Visitors to the farm also have the opportunity to meet the goats and feed the chickens. Though the chickens roam freely on the property, they’re entirely kid-friendly!

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Before making our way to the famed pumpkin patch, we stopped in at the hay bale maze. Created with hay and pumpkin crates, the maze is fun for the kids and a terrific photo opportunity for big kids like myself.

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(And lucky for me, my babe came along with us this year!)

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The farm provides wagon carts to tote your pumpkins back from the patch though Sienna proves that you can never to be too big for a wagon ride from daddy. The photo on the left was taken in 2010 when Sienna was only about 18 months old. Time flies since she’s now almost five!

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Once we made our way to the pumpkin patch, it didn’t take long for my brother to find the perfect jack-o-lantern for carving!

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On this trip we were also joined by a good friend of mine from high school, her husband and their adorable twin daughters. It was the girls’ first visit to the pumpkin patch and I don’t think they could have enjoyed it more!

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When we weren’t loading up our wagon cart with pumpkins or (very carefully) building pumpkin boys and girls in the field, we each had fun laughing, admiring the different varieties of gourds growing and making a lot of fantastic memories. It’s not hard to see why this is a tradition we all look forward to each and every year.

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You can visit Shamrock Farm in Comox, British Columbia daily until 31 October 2013. Bring your rain boots, a camera and your sense of adventure. Purchases are by cash only. Visit the Shamrock Farm website to get all the details on their family-friendly Halloween events. You can also find them on Facebook or follow their updates on Twitter!

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