Photos by Michele Mateus
Words by Alexis Baran
Autumn harvest season is marked by celebrations around the world for a season of sharing with friends, family, and the community. Dig into abundance at one of the many Fraser Valley farms where you can pick your own pumpkins out of a vast field, gather a bushel of crisp apples right from the trees, and take home a feast of local foods to bestow around your own table.
Corn is usually in season July-October, and Chilliwack corn (part of the Fraser Valley) might just be the sweetest you’ll ever try.
At some farms, such as Taves Family Farms (pictured) freshly roasted corn and potatoes are on site for a snack.
Apples are usually in season April-December. At some farms you can still pick your own apples in Autumn, such as Taves Family Farm – if they are still on the branches. Harvest times can vary from year-to-year.
Fresh pressed apple cider is available at Taves Family Farm.
Haul all the apples you can eat, preserve, or bake into pies.
Your future Jack-o-lantern awaits within.
Fun game: Find a pumpkin the same size as your child. Or yourself.
Winter squash are usually in season September – December.
Run your hands over piles of gnarly, striped and speckled winter squash and feel fresh dirt still stuck on the sides and in the stems.
As beautiful as they look decorating a tabletop, it’s even more fun to find something you’ve never cooked before and get creative with the many ways to warm your home with the smell of roasting veggies.
Garlic is usually harvested August-October, but can be stored to sell year-round (and tastes delicious on all winter squashes).
Fraser Valley Farms with Autumn Markets
Taves Family Farm
333 Gladwin Rd
790 McKenzie Road
Krause Berry Farms
6179 248th Street
Fantasy Farms Inc.
9423 Gibson Rd
Willow View Farms
288 McCallum Road
Aldor Acres Family Farm
24990 – 84 th Ave.
4092 248th Street
5910 – 216 Street