Taves Family Farm and Applebarn is a farm in Abbotsford with u-pick produce, a petting zoo, various children’s activities and seasonal events.
Although the site and some of its attractions were closed for a while due to COVID-19, the farm never stopped operating. For a while they were offering just roadside pick up. Also for a while they were allowing people to drive in close to the goat pen with their cars and watch and feed the goats.
U-pick for Goji berries at the farm resumed at the end of July, and the Applebarn itself re-opened on August 16th. The farm’s Pumpkin Patch is also running in October.
For more information, and the most up-to-date status of the venue, see the Taves Farm website.
Taves Family Farm in Abbotsford
Celebrating their 30th year in 2020, 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).
Hours of Operation
During the fall season Taves Farm is open from mid-August until the end of October at the following times (as of 2020):
- July 30th until August 30th – from Thursday to Sunday between 10:30 am and 5:00 pm.
- August 31st until October 30th, including Thanksgiving Weekend – every day from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm (including Thanksgiving Monday), with farm attractions operating from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.
- Halloween (October 31st) – from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The venue is 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 are the admission rates for a weekend or holiday during the fall 2020 season. Weekday rates cost slightly less.
- Adults: $13.50 daily ($24.88 season’s pass)
- Seniors: $8.50 daily (no season’s pass, so the same as other adults at $24.88)
- Children: $17.50 daily ($37.38 season’s pass)
- Families: $62.00 daily ($124.50 season’s pass)
- Children under 3: Free!
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.
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.
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.
Taves Estate Cidery
Taves Farm is also home to their very own estate cidery. The place makes their 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 here, 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 2L 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 an egg hunt for kids, 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 $4.50 plus tax for adults ages 13 or older and $10.95 for kids of walking age up to age 12. All activities listed above and one free pollen blaster shot (also known as the corn gun) are included in the price. (Note: Rates for the 2021 season are to be confirmed.)
Also in springtime is the 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 costs around $4.50, children ages two or older cost $10.95 and kids under age 2 are free. Dates and prices for the 2021 season are to be confirmed. (Note: Blossomfest is weather dependent and may be cancelled if the weather is not cooperating. 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.)
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