Who doesn’t love this time of year? Autumn leaves, an abundance of tree fruits, pumpkins beefing up for the slaughter, wool sweaters and Halloween preparations, the ultimate Fall celebration. Other than than Thanksgiving, of course. Here are 3 farms outlined for you to visit, no matter where you live or are visiting on the Island, all ready for family fun.
In Victoria, you can stop by Galey Farms at 4150 Blenkinsop Rd. It is a also a great little market and a 6 acre corn maze too. Open June-Oct. 31 from 10-6, you should know that the hay rides in Oct. are free on the weekends. This is a good place to pick up some decorative gourds and Indian corn for your table, and pick out a pumpkin for carving.
Once you are in the maze, look for some hi tech surprises like the fully animated Ghost town and the Haunted Mansion. And once you find your way out of it, head over to the petting farm to meet the farm’s donkeys, chickens, calves, pigs, goats and sheep. There is a playground next to it for those kids that still need to burn off their energy before getting back into the car.
The rates for a family is 45$ with maze and train, 10$ for adults and kids 12 and under are 7$.
Next up is McNab’s Corn Maze at 4659 Yellow Point Rd. in south Nanaimo. It will be open in Sept. from Fri. to Sun from 10-6 and 7 days a week starting Oct.1. Rates are 23$ for a family, 7$ an adult, and kids 13 and under are 4.50$ which includes a hayride.
The maze sits on 7 acres and is muddy, so wear rubber boots or any foot wear you despise. There will be farm animals there as well to pet and many, many pumpkins to choose from.
Heading north Island is Shamrock Farm at 2276 Anderton Rd. in Comox. This one is my favorite, and one of the reasons is they don’t use any herbicides, pesticides, insecticides or fungicides. Also, the owners genuinely love Halloween! It is obvious in the Haunted Barn they’ve created. The farm’s main crop is pumpkins, and if you come to get one here, you’ll have a choice of a few different colors to take home. Other specialty items to find here are lavendar, garlic, honey, preserves and handmade goat’s milk soap. Safe for all skin types, the soap is packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals. Some of the ingrediants added to the Nubian Goat’s soap (One of the richest types) are direct from the farm like honey, flowers, lavendar and pumpkin. In fact, I will be ordering some online later, they almost look edible.
Vancouver Island loves to celebrate Fall fun, and here are 3 farms spread out on the map so you don’t miss out on getting into the Fall and halloween spirit.
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