Posted on October 15, 2015
Picking Perfect Pumpkins at Shamrock Farm
There are a few things I simply cannot do without in the month of October: Thanksgiving dinner with my family, pumpkin spice lattes (no shame), Billie Holiday on rainy days, and an annual trip to the pumpkin patch.
Some things are worth going the distance – like visiting Shamrock Farm in the Comox Valley. In fact, I’d be lying if I said my husband and I didn’t drive our truck over from Vancouver simply so we could stock up on ghoulish gourds at my favourite family farm.
Since she was only a year old, we’ve been bringing my niece to Shamrock Farm and each year it seems our pumpkin haul gets bigger and bigger. Between all of us, we purchased 15 or 16 large pumpkins plus a handful of smaller, decorative minis. With over 20 varieties sprouting up in the pumpkin patch, it’s impossible to choose just one.
The reason for my family’s annual visit is more than just pumpkins – it’s the entire experience. Shannon and Mike, the devilishly clever duo behind this family-run farm, put a lot of heart into what they do each year. There’s a haunted barn, corn maze, hay rides, farm animals to visit with, and loads of fresh seasonal treats like pumpkin tarts and apple cider (made with their own organic apples). Even after all these years, my niece is still enchanted by all the little details that make Shamrock Farm so special.
Over the years, I’m honoured to say that Shannon and Mike have become friends, so I’m really proud of all that they’ve achieved. While the October festivities take a lot of preparation, and their Halloween display is certainly spectacular, running the farm is a year-round effort. When the gates are closed, the Shamrock Farm roadside stand features everything from Shannon’s homemade goat milk soap and lavender oil to fresh garlic, organic corn, and flowers by the fistful.
During the spooky season, Shamrock Farm is open seven days a week until October 31st from 10am – 5pm. You can pick your pumpkin in the Comox Valley’s original pumpkin patch or select your jack-o-lantern from the barn. Hang out, feed the chickens, pet the goats, and make sure to pack your sturdiest gum boots because this place is a blast even on rainy days (though I’d argue that it’s especially fun on rainy days). And, as always, admission is FREE for pumpkin hunters of all ages!
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