Fall friend traditions – Taves Family Farms

Ahhh, there are few things more enjoyable than a beautiful fall day. Living in this part of BC, fall usually means rain, rain and more rain. It can be really nice, but by the time Q’s birthday rolls around in the second week of October, the weather has usually gotten rather unpredictable and gross.

Well, this week has happened to be one of those lucky, sunshiney periods that we always wish for, so we decided that we needed to take advantage of the sun and get outside.

Q and his friends Obz and Coen and their little brother Austyn just happened to have a couple early dismissal days at school this week, and with the sun shining bright in the sky, the trees turning the most lovely shards of red, gold and green, we knew an awesome place to go to get some quality friend time was Taves Family Farms. It was an absolutely perfect afternoon to spend on the farm – warm enough to be able to wear shorts but not so hot you had to hide in the shade the whole time.

We headed out on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where, of course, everyone wanted to pick themselves the biggest pumpkins they could carry.

Spoiler: no one wanted to carry them around for the rest of the time, so they stayed in the field another day. Then we jumped on the hayride back to the farm to hit up some more of the activities.

Allow me to give you a pro tip from someone who grew up on a farm and should know better – if you are planning to do the hayride, wear pants or long shorts if you can. Hay poking into your bare thighs is unpleasant to say the least. Plus then you think some stayed in your shirts and you can feel it phantom poking you for the rest of the afternoon. Trust me on this, ok? I know of what I speak ( and had it reaffirmed today on the hay ride, getting repeatedly poked in the thighs and butt, especially when the wagon hit one of the (many) ruts in the field.

We visited the baby goats and saw the cutest alpaca, talked to the turkey and clucked at the chickens.

The kids jumped on the giant jumping pillows and drove like mad people on the corn cart track.

They even ditched me in the corn maze and made me find the coloured check points all by myself.

We finished our visit off by stopping in at the Country Store for some delicious apple cider slushies. If you haven’t had one before, I highly recommend trying it. They are much tarter than your “normal” slushie, but that is because they are made of 100% pure apple cider, which, if I’m not mistaken, is made right there on the farm.

Q and Obz really wanted to try the corn and pumpkin cannon shooting, but sadly they were closed till the weekend. Oh darn. 😉

I think that we have been visiting together every fall for probably at least the last 4 or 5 years, and I’ve got to say, it’s one of my favourite fall friend traditions. Since all 3 of them have birthdays close together, it’s always an awesome “experience gift” to give too.

Here are a few more of my favourite snaps from our visit:

We didn’t make it into the orchard today, though one day I’d like to take Q picking. Apples are his favourite fruit, so I think it would be a neat experience. As for the pumpkin, well, we’ll head back on a day when we aren’t coming to play to pick that out. I certainly don’t want to be hauling one around all afternoon – can you blame me though?

Do you go apple or pumpkin picking in the fall? Any other fall friend or family traditions? I’d love to hear about them!

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