Silver Meadows Farm in Errington is one of those cherished local institutions that draws support from area residents for a whole bunch of reasons. For many, it is the excellent fresh produce (especially the corn!) that comes off its fields and into the tiny farm store. But the annual Silver Meadows Harvest Festival keeps families coming back every autumn, too – and with good reason.
This October is the farm’s ninth annual harvest festival and boy, what a delightful madhouse it promises to be! Last year we arrived shortly after the opening at 11 a.m. and there were already cars parked along the side of the road for upwards of half a mile. Families young (mostly) and old trekked along the pretty pumpkin-lined driveway to congregate near the farm store and enjoy the many fall-themed activities.
The day is heavily geared toward creating quality outdoor family time, offering a profusion of old-fashioned delights that engaged kids and parents alike. The huge corn maze was a big hit, as were the pony rides and the hay wagon tours of the farm. There was a pumpkin toss, and good old sack races, face painting, a food concession.
Although more than 1,200 people streamed up the driveway in 2015 there was never the sensation of being crowded. Folks waited patiently in line for some of the experiences like the hay wagon rides – even with three wagons going, there were long line ups.
But the waits didn’t seem to bother anyone – there was plenty to enjoy on a fine autumn day, including the bucolic loveliness of the farm itself. Picnic tables provided a spot to rest or enjoy a light lunch from the concession, and friends and neighbours stood about chatting and visiting while kids ran helter-skelter. It was one of those quintessential neighbourhood gatherings that make you appreciate the simple things and re-connect with what’s real in this world.
To make things even better, entry to the Harvest Festival this year is again by donation, with proceeds going to B.C.Childrens Hospital. In just four hours last year Silver Meadows Farm raised $ 3,600, making for cumulative donations over the years a total of $ 10,000. Those funds will go towards helping sick kids hopefully get to the point where they, too, will be running wild and enjoying events like the harvest festival in the future. A great effort for a great cause!
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Silver Meadows Farm is located at 1019 Errington Road, Errington
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.303478 Long. -124.369525
N 49 18.209 W 124 22.171