You’ve probably never heard of of this small far. It’s off the radar for most and won’t be found on any blogs or websites. They do have a meticulous Facebook page, however that’s not what originally led me to this small patch farm. It was in fact—a good ol’ fashioned roadside sign.
Harris Pumpkin Patch in Maple Ridge is owned and operated by Steve and Marina Harris. I had the chance to meet Marina on my recent trip.
It’s a hobby patch with family appeal, and guests are warmly greeted by Marina from a distance as you pull in through their driveway. Marina welcomes her guests with an introduction and a quick lay of the land. She explains that this multi-generation patch was once owned by her father-in-law, Gordon Harris. His love for pumpkins started in the early 60s, and much like his admiration for his favourite fruit, his collection reflected those feelings and grew in size and scale. When he was a young lad, he would walk each pumpkins and place them by the side of Dewdney Road for the locals to drive-by and purchase. Gosh, what an eerie replay of events in 2020!
The side of the main barn is festively decorated, to the tune of a rustic western storefront ready for performers to burst out in song and dance. Up against the backdrop of the open blue skies, this right here might just be where your baby will decide to take their first few wobbly steps.
The farm is about three-acres in size and offers an array of pumpkins; from tiger-coloured pumpkins to multi-coloured gourds.
Wheel barrels are available and due to its less publicized nature, I don’t imagine this patch being very busy at all.
Several claims have surfaced that this might be the first pumpkin patch grown in the Lower Mainland as Harris Pumpkin Patch is best known to their locals. You’ll just have to go and check it out with your kiddos to find out more.
How to Plan your Visit
A three-acre pumpkin patch with pumpkins and gourds still attached to their vines.
Admission + Hours
- Free daily from 9am—dusk.
- U-pick pumpkin patch (cash or e-transfer only)
Plentiful free parking off their lot, enter through roadside sign and a narrow driveway
- No public washrooms on site.
- Hand sanitizer and proper COVID precautions and social distancing rules in effect
What to bring/wear
- Rainboots and light coat is always a good idea for a farm
- Water & snacks to keep hydrated.
Harris Pumpkin Patch
24227 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge
the author behind @buddycons, Connie writes about her detailed adventures with her kids around BC (& beyond), believer of 'presence over presents' in motherhood and literacy development in children. She shares ideas on gentle minimalism and home organization with having less, but best. She lives in the Metro Vancouver area with her husband and two kiddos. Before becoming a mom she worked in the Financial Industry and is a two-time award winning People Leader. Follow her adventures and updates on Instagram @buddycons.