Taves Family Farm and Applebarn is a farm in Abbotsford with u-pick produce, a petting zoo, various children’s activities and seasonal events.
This article contains the following information about Taves Family Farm:
Hours of Operation | Admission | Country Store | U-Pick Farm Produce | Taves Estate Cidery | Spring Attractions | Autumn Attractions | Kids Activities at the Farm | Similar Attractions in the Area | Other Information
Taves Family Farm in Abbotsford
Celebrating their 32nd year in 2022, Taves Farm and Applebarn is a family-owned operation in the Fraser Valley. The Taves family owns several farms which produce a variety of local produce. They also run the Applebarn which is their attraction with games, activities and other child-friendly options.
Taves Farm and Applebarn is the rustic kid-friendly attraction. It’s located at 333 Gladwin Road (which isn’t far from the Abbotsford Airport and US border).
The farm hosts a number of events each year including its annual family-friendly autumn activities. In the fall there are also u-pick apple harvesting opportunities in their orchard. See our article about Taves Farm Pumpkin Patch for details.
Hours of Operation
In the summer of 2021, Taves Farm was open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from Thursday to Sunday, between July 22nd and August 29th. The farm then shifted to fall hours from August 30th until Halloween.
In September and October Taves Farm was open every day (including holidays) from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. This included the pumpkin patch and other fun activities. On Halloween night the hours of operation might have been slightly shorter. 2022 dates and times will likely be similar.
The venue is usually also open at other times of the year. Hours may vary depending on the season. Check the Taves Family Farm official website for details.
Admission to Taves Farm
The pumpkin patch, country store and u-pick patch are free for guests to enjoy – you just have to pay for the produce.
Admission to Taves Applebarn typically includes all the extra activities listed in the sections below. Folk can either purchase a day pass or a season’s pass. (Note: Prices may vary. See the official website for the most up-to-date information.) Visitors can also save a couple dollars by visiting on a weekday instead.
Below were the admission rates for the 2021 season. 2022 details will likely be similar.
- Weekends/Holiday: $17.95 online, $19.95 at the gate
- Weekdays: $14.95 online, $16.95 at the gate
- Wednesdays: $11.95 online, $13.95 at the gate
- Season Pass: $53.63
Taves Family Farm and Applebarn offers a variety of fun-for-all-ages activities. Below is a list of some of the attractions the farm offers at various times of the year.
The Country Store at Taves Farm sells fresh produce as well as baked goods, fresh pressed juices, homemade preserves and more. Most goods are homemade and locally produced.
Goji berries are the first crop of the season, followed by apples and then pumpkins and gourds. There is some overlap, though, so if you go early enough in the fall season you can pick both apples and pumpkins.
There is also a Bee Hive Viewing Window where visitors can see bees in action making honey.
U-Pick Farm Produce
Taves Farm has three varieties of produce for folk to pick in different seasons. Goji berries are available in late spring, apples in late summer/autumn and pumpkins in the fall. Pumpkins are priced by size and type. Goji berries and apples are usually priced by the bag.
Taves Estate Cidery
Taves Farm is also home to its very own estate cidery. The place makes its own apple cider from apples picked fresh off the farm. Guests can purchase a tasting flight containing four flavours of their Barnyard Series or individual glasses. Full cider bottles are also offered for sale.
Just outside the cidery is an adults-only sitting area. Folk can sit there, enjoy their cider and take in the sights and sounds of the farm. At the very back there is also a small goat pen.
The Taves Farm Cidery also participates in the Give a Girl a Goat program. Their donation package includes one admission ticket and either a 4-pack of alcoholic cider or a 2 litre jug of regular apple cider. It also includes a $20 donation to the Give a Girl a Goat program.
Around Easter, Taves Farm runs their Easterfest event. This includes hay rides, live entertainment and access to the farm’s year-round activities. Since it’s Easter, there are lots of cute bunnies to pet too!
Admission to the Easter event costs around $20 for everyone ages 3 and older. All activities listed above are included in the price. There is an extra cost, however, for the egg hunt.
A newer Easter event is the Adult Easter Fun egg hunt. The ages 19+ event took place on the Friday and Saturday before the Easter Long Weekend in 2022 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. There were flights of cider to enjoy along with live music, the chance to visit the animals and of course the hunt itself. The price was around $70 in 2022 and included all of the above plus a meal courtesy of a Steamworks food truck on-site and a dessert.
Also in springtime is Taves Farm Blossomfest. This event celebrates the farm’s apple trees in full bloom. Folk can take a hay ride to the orchard and admire the flowers, go on a scavenger hunt, do some crafts, play with cute animals and enjoy the various kids’ activities that Taves Farm offers.
General admission for adults ages 13 or older usually costs around $4.50, children ages two or older cost $10.95 and kids under age 2 are free. (Note: Blossomfest is weather dependent and may be cancelled if the weather is not cooperating. 2022 prices and other details might vary. Check the Taves Farm official website for updates.)
During the fall season there are several special events at Taves Farm. In the late summer/early fall they open their Sunflower Patch. It is a part of the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail and features over 1/4 acre of sunflowers for folk to enjoy.
In the fall the farm also features Cider Press Demonstrations. Taves Farm has an estate cider mill which means that their cider is made fresh from their own apples.
Taves Farm also opens their Corn Quest Maze and Pumpkin Patch during the fall season. The Corn Quest Maze is a good size and has plenty of twists and turns to get lost in. At the Pumpkin Patch folk can take a hay ride out to the field and pick their own pumpkin. The pumpkins range in size and cost anywhere from $1 to $15 or more.
Kids Activities at the Farm
Taves Applebarn features a selection of activities in two different areas for kids to enjoy.
The Farmville area has several options for children. There are pedal karts, a jumping pillow, hay rides, a zipline, a playground and slides.
Also on the farm is their Bunny Town and Petting Barn. Here they have a collection of animals such as bunnies, goats, sheep, chickens, pheasants, an alpaca and a turkey. Folk can feed the animals as well. Feed bags cost about $2 and are sold at most of the major stopping points including the cidery and the country store.
Some activities and attractions are only open on weekends at Taves Farm. Pony rides are usually available on weekends from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm for folk that weigh less than 85 pounds. There is also a concession stand, corn gun, pumpkin cannon and corn and potato roaster. (Note: Most of these activities have an extra charge.)
For the farm’s official website, and to buy tickets, visit tavesfamilyfarms.com.
Similar Attractions in the Area
Other places of interest in the Fraser Valley suitable for families with children include the following:
- Canadian Museum of Flight – a small but interesting airplane museum in Langley.
- Castle Fun Park – an Abbotsford attraction with mini-golf, go carts, bumper cars, batting cages and other activities.
- Cultus Lake Adventure Park – a mini-Disneyland-like place at Cultus Lake that’s open in the summer.
- Cultus Lake Waterpark – the Lower Mainland’s largest water slide park and a great place in the summer.
- Chilliwack Corn Maze – another farm with fall activities, but located in Chilliwack.
- Fantasy Farms – a farm in Chilliwack with Easter activities, a pumpkin patch, Halloween haunted house and Christmas attraction.
- Greater Vancouver Zoo – a zoo with numerous animals in Aldergrove.
- Harrison Water Park – a bouncy castle-style adventure park on the lake at Harrison Hot Springs in the summer.
- Kilby Historic Site – a museum and farm depicting area life in the early 1900s.
- Maan Farms – another farm with a pumpkin patch and corn maze within a 5-minute drive of Taves Farm.
- For a list of farms with fall activities in the area, see Vancouver and Fraser Valley Pumpkin Patches.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland Pumpkin Patches
- Lower Mainland Corn Mazes
- Vancouver Parks and Nature
- Vancouver Activities for Children
- Entertainment Coupon Activities for Kids
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events