The BC Sunflower Trail
Aug 20, 2018
1. Taves Family Farm - “The Patch”
Experience a taste of the country! Over twenty five years ago, the Taves started the Applebarn in Abbotsford, with the dream of providing the ultimate farm-fun experience centered around the gifts of fall. With one of the largest pumpkin patches in the Valley and the perfect spot for U-pick apples, there are endless activities to take part in at the farm. From farm animals, pony and hay rides, to fresh cider, Taves just keeps getting better and better!
This year guests are encouraged to take a hay ride into their newest attraction–The Sunflower Patch! Spanning over a 1/4 acre and pollinated by local bees, these vibrant green and yellow flowers are in full bloom. Did we mention what good timing that was for their opening week of the Applebarn?
For those curious, admission rates are at the regular prices. No added cost, just an extra dose of fun! Get your cameras ready and be sure to snap away with a cup of fresh-pressed apple cider in hand!
Known for it’s buzzing bee business in the Fraser Valley, Campbell’s Honey Farm and Meadery is serving up more than just honey this summer.
Mike and Judy Campbell who operate the diversified 8 acre farm operation, including an apiary, in south west Abbotsford, offer off-farm honey bee pollination services to local growers with a focus on honey and honey wine production. The on-farm country store that opened back in 2007 has provided a space for local consumers from which to buy different variations of honey, honey wines, and other products from the beehive such as beeswax soaps, candles, and polishes.
This summer leading into fall, guests can stop by the farm to get a fix for all things honey and then cap off their visit by taking a gander through the gardens. Lining the property is a border of blooming sunflowers that will ‘bee’ sure to attract those busy hive workers but also those looking for the perfect photo backdrop.
Experience dazzling fields of yellow, orange and red sunflowers at the inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival opening on August 22. Run by the same organizers who host Tulips of the Valley, the festival will be held in the same location, allowing visitors to stroll through more than five acres of sunflowers in bloom.
There is a large U-pick sunflower garden with about 20 acres of hops vines to stroll through, swing sets, lawn games (such as giant Jenga, checkers, you name it), and on the weekends, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack’s train will offer by-donation rides through the fields. On-leash pets will also be welcome, with a dedicated drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags on-site.
The festival will provide multiple opportunities for coveted photo-ops with plenty of background props to use and choose from (we’re talking windmills, vintage bikes, the works). We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we think this is going to be the new favourite Insta-spot of the summer! Can we get a boomerang?
Don’t forget to grab your cut sunflowers on the way out so you can bring the feels of the field back home with you!
If you haven’t heard of Minter Gardening Store, located in Chilliwack - you’re missing out! Family owned and operated since 1957, Minter Gardening is your one-stop shop for the highest quality home-grown and locally sourced plants, as well as the newest plant introductions around the world. Wander through each lush department to gather all the necessary items you need to build the garden of your dreams.
During the Sunflower Festival, Minter Gardening Store will be selling speciality sunflower bouquets during the duration of the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival and are available for order. Call to book or simply drop by the store to pick up your bouquet to bring home and enjoy.
By now, we’re sure you’re eager to head to any of these stops to get your sunflower fix. Tell us, which is your favourite Sunflower field?
To learn more about these Circle Farm Tour partners visit: https://circlefarmtour.com