Pumpkin patch hopping: In search of Vancouver's perfect fall experience
There is just something about going to the pumpkin patch that makes you feel like you’re having the ultimate fall experience.
I haven’t been since I was a kid, so when Evo gave me a chance to use one of their cars to drive out to a couple of farms pick some pumpkins, I was excited to finally cross this item off of my autumn bucket list.
Using my Evo app I was able to find an available car close to my place in New Westminster. I hopped in and was ready to venture off to farm country.
Because I’m no pumpkin patch expert, I used this list to pick out three places to find the best pumpkins. I decided to go with farms located a little futher from Vancouver because I really wanted to take advantage of the beautiful Thanksgiving long weekend weather and make a day-trip out of this pumpkin picking experience.
Port Kells Pumpkin Patch was my first stop and let me tell you, it is the Mecca for all things pumpkin. You can pick from bins or head out to their grassy field for an authentic picking experience.
I loved this spot because it’s not just about the pumpkins. You can head on a tractor ride, pet cute goats at their goat palace, visit their miniature haunted house, and stop at the pumpkin cafe for a treat.
Next up, I drove the Evo to Rondriso Farms. The great thing about pumpkin patches in Surrey is that they are all located fairly close to one another, so it was a short 15 minute drive to get to Rondriso from Port Kells.
Evo also makes stopping over easy because the car remains reserved for your use for the entire journey, meaning no other Evo user can snag your vehicle.
I had heard Rondriso farms from a couple of people and I was excited to finally check it out. This family farm offers a hearty selection of pumpkins and gourds, that are perfectly suited for your Halloween needs. You have the option to pick from bins or head out to the feild on their giant tractor.
I opted for the field experience once again. It was muddy, but worth it. Afterwards, I was wandered into the farm’s very cute general store, which carries a variety of artisan goods, perserves, meats, and snacks.
Of course, I couldn’t leave without saying ‘hello’ to the adorable farm animals in the barn on site.
The last stop on my journey was Hazlemere Pumpkin Patch at Gabriel Farms. This spot did not disappoint. Hazelmere offers some pre-picked pumpkins but the real fun comes when you head on hayride to the field.
The hayride takes you down a quiet path, and you encounter some Halloween surprises on your journey. It drops you off in front of a corn maze, which you have to get through in order to make your way to the pumpkin patch.
Trying to make my way through a maze and compete against a bunch of 10 year olds was definitely the highlight of this trip.
After a long day spent in farm country, I headed back home with my fall bounty. I didn’t go all out with my pumpkin purchases but I did manage to find three perfect gourds to set on my porch and decorate for Halloween.
Ending my trip with Evo was extremly easy. I found a spot close to my house, popped the keys back into their slot in the glovebox and I was good to go.
If you can’t make it out to the pumpkin patch like I did, Evo wants to treat you! They will be handing out 100 pumpkins to the first 100 members who join them at the Evo Pumpkin Patch found at both Robson Square and at the corner of Granville and Georgia in downtown Vancouver on October 21. Evo will be there from 11 am to 4 pm, but hurry because the pumpkins will go quickly! Just flash your Evo App or Member card to get yours, and if you’re not a member, sign up here and get 30 free driving minutes (use promo code ‘OMDSOCIAL’).
Happy pumpkin hunting!