Reported by Jason Gilder
With Halloween on the horizon, pumpkin patches across the Lower Mainland brace for increased foot traffic as people of all ages seek to find the perfect pumpkin. With the weather being unusually warm this October, the pumpkin patch at Southlands Heritage Farm has seen an uptick in business this fall. Southlands Heritage Farm is a hobby farm that receives truckloads of pumpkins from Westham Island Herb Farm in Ladner, B.C.
Judith Bouniol, Farm Education Director at Southlands, said the drier weather has helped the pumpkins grow sooner than last year, as the large amounts precipitation delayed the growing period by two months. One of their main attractions is the gigantic pumpkin inside their orchard garden. Bouniol said they attempted to grow the world’s largest pumpkin, but still ended up with one attention-grabbing pumpkin.
In this video, Judith Bouniol of the Southlands Heritage Farm discusses how the sunny weather has impacted both the growth of the pumpkins and the amount of business their pumpkin patch has garnerd this fall. Furthermore, Bouniol shows off the farm’s mammoth pumpkin: