Halloween arrives early at Shamrock Farms

Halloween has come a bit early this year as Shamrock Farms — the North Island’s largest pumpkin farm — opens its doors to the public this weekend to showcase their operations as part of the Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge.

Halloween has come a bit early this year as Shamrock Farms — the North Island’s largest pumpkin farm — opens its doors to the public this weekend to showcase their operations as part of the Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge.

The Farrell family will host a day of hands-on farm fun for the whole family.

Feed the chickens, collect eggs in the henhouse and see baby goats. Wander out to the pumpkin patch and learn about the pumpkin-growing process. Then stroll through lavender fields, watch it being distilled and taste test farm-made products that will also be available for purchase.

“Our season is usually October,” said owner Shannon Farrell. “This year, we’re opening our doors early to celebrate local food and let folks around the community take a peek inside our farm.”

Shamrock provides nearly 20,000 pumpkins each year to regional grocers and is famous for its haunted barn and pumpkin patch that are open daily throughout the month of October.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the farm at 2276 Anderton Rd. in Comox. It is free and open to the public.

— Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge

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