We visited Taves Family Farm, also known as The Apple Barn, out in Abbostford recently and had a wonderful time there. Last year we visited when Evie was was only 10 months old, this year was a whole other trip since she is such an independent kid now! Jason declared it the pumpkin patch to go to if you have kids because there is so much too do, and I agree with him completely.
As soon as we entered the farm we were greeted by a goat up on a platform. You can put some feed into a little pulley system and lift it up to the goat to eat. The goats will often try to lift it up themselves if you are not pulling it up fast enough. There are lots of animals to be seen. Goats, chickens, bunnies, and more. You can even go for a pony ride on the weekend.
You cannot miss the in ground jumping pillows. These are a huge hit with many kids. Evie is still a bit young for it at under 2 years old, but she liked lying down on the side and getting bounced by all the other kids jumping on top of it. There is also a corn maze where you mark your fingers with chalk as you find different check points. When you get out of the corn maze your colour combination will give you a task to do… check the board outside. Perhaps you will have to sing a song, or do a silly dance? You will sometimes here a loud bang followed by a thud. This is from the pumpkin cannon going off. It’s fun seeing how far those pumpkins can get launched.
My parent’s and one of my sister’s came with us, and they were a huge help in picking different apples… and child wrangling of course. This place is also known as The Apply Barn, they have many different apple varieties in their orchard. When we visited it was near the end of the apple season so be sure to go in early September to get your apples. We did manage to fill our bag with some very yummy apples. Evie got the concept right away. Don’t pick up the mushy ones on the ground, let someone pick me up to the nice ones so I can pull them off. My mom though was the champion apple picker.
If you are looking for a unique treat while there visit the little market. There is great apple cider, and even an iced apple cider if you happen to be there on a warm day like we were. There is lots of great local produce to pick from too!
There is of course hay rides out to the pumpkin patch, you line up near the slides to catch a ride out. We decided to walk out to them this year to try and tucker out our toddler. We also knew that we were going to be picking a small pumpkin we could easily carry.
If you do not want to trek out into the pumpkin fields, especially if true Raincouver weather has hit for a few days and it may be muddy, there are lots of pumpkins waiting to go home near the entrance. They are all organized into sizes, and even some different coloured ones. You can even take your photo beside Tow Mater, this is a huge hit with kids who love the Cars movie. It’s also another great photo opportunity with all the different pumpkins stacked and lined up to, to get a nice fall photo of your family or just your kids.
Taves Family Farm so kindly welcomed us out to their farm, and we had a great time. Taves has very kindly offered Discovering Parenthood readers the chance to win a Super Family Fun Pass. If you are local to the Lower Mainland this giveaway is open to you.
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