Posted on September 28, 2016
Comox Valley Pumpkin Patch
The one and only original Comox Valley Pumpkin Patch, a visit to Shamrock Farm each October is a Halloween tradition!
Each year I eagerly anticipate the month of October for a cornucopia of reasons: falling leaves, flickering jack-o-lanters, brisk autumn mornings have my heart, but a visit to my favourite Comox Valley Pumpkin Patch, Shamrock Farm, is what truly thrills me! I’ve been taking my niece each year since she was only a toddler, and every October we look forward to our visit together. I’ve even started “dragging” my husband along too. The truth is that he enjoys it just as much as we do!
For nearly 20 years, Shamrock Farm has opened up its gates for their annual Halloween festivities, a family-friendly event has become a memorable tradition for locals. “What we love best about opening our small pumpkin farm to the public is watching families return each year,” enthuses my friend and co-owner/operator Shannon Farrell. “We have made lifelong friends through this farm. Returning to the Shamrock Farm pumpkin patch is not only a tradition for them, it’s a tradition for us.”
From October 1st through to the 31st, visit the farm and choose from over two dozen varieties of pumpkins, 100% of which are grown at Shamrock Farm. Carving pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, and even the aptly-named Goosebumps variety are just a few of the gourds you can choose for decorating your front porch or Thanksgiving table this season. It’s not unusual to encounter one of many Comox Valley school groups on a field trip while romping through the pumpkin patch!
Children will enjoy meeting the farm’s resident goats, miniature horses, and free-roaming chickens. Hay rides out to the pumpkin patch are offered on weekends, and for the sixth year in a row, a corn-and-hay-bale maze has been designed to wander and wonder. Let your taste buds be tempted with hot chocolate or hot apple cider (made from Shamrock Farm’s own apples!) in the Haunted Barn, or take home a pumpkin pie tart, chocolate-dipped farm apple, or pumpkin pie gelato created by Benino Gelato.
The farm is open every day during October, including Thanksgiving Monday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. On October 22nd and 29th, the farm is open until 8:00 pm for a spooktacularly fun time with a bonfire and illuminated jack-o-lanterns. (Children attending must have flashlights.)
Admission is FREE (as always) and all are welcome. For more information, visit Shamrock Farm’s website or call 250-339-1671. Shamrock Farm is located at 2276 Anderton Road in Comox. Follow the updates from Shamrock Farm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.