As surprising at it may seem for someone who grew up in Canada, I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch until last week. I’m originally from Czechoslovakia and eastern Europeans don’t recognize the British traditions related to Halloween which include picking and carving pumpkins.

Richmond Country Farms hosts a pumpkin patch each year around this time. I see it each year, but this year I took my family there during a professional development day at school. The Richmond Country Farm is a great place to buy fruits and vegetables that are locally grown. They also offer organic produce which is local as well which is a better choice for healthy eating.
The pumpkin patch is open from October 9 to 31 and there is dedicated parking for it beside the farmer’s market. The entrance fee is $10 for adults and $5 for kids and they accept credit cards. You’ll get one bag per person to carry a pumpkin that you pick. I advise you to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy and boots, of which I came with neither and left the farm very dirty. 🙂
Overall, it was a great experience and I’ll make it a tradition to go each year to a pumpkin patch.
You have to walk by a few animals before entering the gate and paying the entrance fee. I think that’s the sheep from the Real Player software. If you’ve never seen a lama close up, this is a great place to view one.
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Homes for the farm animals.
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The ducks have a place to live too.
Vegetables welcoming you at the entrance gate.
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The bridge to the fun area.
This is the first time I’ve seen a corn and pumpkin dance.
Finally! The ride to the pumpkin patch, accompanied by singing and country music along the way.
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The pumpkin princess and her castle.
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One of the three pumpkin patches available. Its muddier than it looks.

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