Years ago I had Jenny write a guest post where in she reviewed a few pumpkin patches and endorsed Country Farms in Richmond. Now, two years (and another child) later she has graciously submitted an update post.
This year’s pumpkin patch of choice was Aldor Acres in Langley. We arrived at about 10 Saturday morning and paid $27 for the family admission (Mom, Dad and 4 kids). There is ample parking on a large field adjacent to the farm and to make things easier parking attendants direct traffic. The ladies at the booth were joking that many people want to pay for the family admission when it actually works out cheaper to pay individually (but they would let people know when they were overpaying). We took a quick walk around and then hopped on the hay ride to take us out to the field.
This wasn’t my first visit here as it is a popular destination for local elementary and preschool classes. The friendly gentleman driving the tractor told us that arriving early was wise as they expected long line ups later in the day. Sitting on bails of hay we were driven passed the barns and future Christmas trees out to one of the many pumpkin covered fields.
It’s a good idea to bring some bags along to carry the pumpkins back to the tractor if you have little ones who can’t manage for themselves. Luckily it hasn’t been too wet lately so few of the pumpkins were rotten and we managed easily to find 4 that the kids liked (2 small ones and 2 fairly large ones). I did however manage to get myself pretty muddy so be prepared, boots are fairly essential.
The cost of the pumpkins depends on the size and you need to pay (ours came to $21 all together)and you need to pay the driver so have cash on hand. We were driven back and stopped beside the parked cars so we were able to hop out and leave the pumpkins in the car and then continue back to enjoy the rest of the farm. There are a lot of animals to see (many of which are known from the PNE) and small gift shop area, concession stand, petting zoo, etc. Check out their website for further details.