Located at 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond Country Farms is a produce market that offers wine-tasting opportunities and family-friendly seasonal events.
Richmond Country Farms
Richmond Country Farms is a large family-run farm with a country market. They host a sunflower festival in late summer and a pumpkin patch in the fall. The venue also has a miniature train and farm animals for children to enjoy.
Where and When is Richmond Country Farms
Conveniently located at the corner of the Steveston Highway and Highway 99, it’s a popular place to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables for people going to and from the BC Ferries Terminal in Tsawwassen or to Steveston Village in Richmond.
The farm’s physical address is 12900 Steveston Highway which makes it a 25-minute drive from the ferries and about a 10-minute drive to Steveston. The farm and its market are also just a short distance from Deas Island Regional Park and the George Massey Tunnel, and a 10-minute drive from Ladner.
Produce Market and Wine Tasting
Open since 1978, the market at Richmond Country Farms sells a variety of local, fresh produce. They offer pretty much everything that can be grown in BC – from pears, apples, berries and melons to corn, peppers, zucchinis, carrots, cucumbers and a whole lot more. Their prices are generally very reasonable.
Country Vines Winery is located adjacent to the parking lot at Richmond Country Farms. All grapes are grown on the farm vineyard, which was planted in 2011. The winery produces and sells four wines: Pinot Gris, Back Forty White 2015, Back Forty White 2016 and Back Forty Bubbly. They also offer free tastings of all their wine options on site.
The tasting room at the winery is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and on weekends from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Both the Market and the Winery are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Parking is free.
TIP: Richmond Country Farms usually offers shoppers at its market free coffee (which makes it an extra good place to drop by when driving long distances along the highway and you need a break). Complimentary coffee, cups, cream and sugar can be found in the area not far from the cashiers (or at least that has been the case when we’ve visited).
The Pumpkin Patch
There are lots of Lower Mainland Pumpkin Patches at farms in early autumn. The attraction at Richmond Country Farms is definitely one of the largest and most extensive.
In October, just beside the country market, is a special entrance for the pumpkin patch. The area has Halloween decorations and features an enclosed animal zoo. (Note: This is not a petting zoo – the animals are just for looking at.) At the gate staff give you tickets and plastic bags, both of which are necessary for getting a pumpkin.
Once past the gate there is a duck pond and a bridge featuring a few kid-friendly decorations leading up to the main area. Here folk can enjoy live music, play in the kids’ hay pile or grab a bite to eat from the food trucks (which are only there on weekends). There’s lots of room for kids to run around and play!
Near the stage is where visitors board the hay ride to get to the pumpkin patch. Each wagon has an entertainer on board to play music while riding out to the field.
The pumpkin patch fields at Richmond Country Farms are quite large. Throughout the fields are pieces of farm equipment and machinery which make for perfect photo opportunities! There is also a small corn maze for kids located at the far end of the fields.
Once folk are done at the pumpkin patch the hay ride takes them back to the main area. No need to worry about missing your ride – the wagons come every few minutes or so. Once you arrive back at the station they have free apples available to snack on.
Miniature Train Rides
There is a miniature train at Richmond Country Farms. The train itself is a restored replica of a popular steam train. Construction on this attraction began in 2014 and finished right before the grand opening of the pumpkin patch.
In 2019 miniature train rides were offered on weekends when the pumpkin patch was running (weather-permitting). It cost $4 per person to ride the train.
Admission and Hours
The pumpkin patch at Richmond Country Farms is open daily from early October until Halloween. In 2019 the pumpkin patch opened on October 5th and ran until October 31st.
Hours at the pumpkin patch vary depending on the day. They are generally open longer on weekends, but sometimes have extended weekday hours (weather permitting). In 2019 they were open most days from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on weekdays and from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekends.
Admission costs also vary depending on the day. In 2019 weekday general admission cost $11 while weekend general admission cost $14. This past year the price also included a pumpkin, a plastic bag to carry it in and an apple to snack on.
Advice for the Pumpkin Patch
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your pumpkin patch experience in Richmond.
TIP #1: Wear boots and weather-appropriate gear. When we went, even after a long period of sun, the field was still quite muddy and slippery in parts.
TIP#2: They warn you on the wagon and they’re right – the biggest and best pumpkins are out farther in the field!
TIP#3: Combine your visit to the pumpkin patch with a trip to other places in the area. Drop by on your way to Victoria and Vancouver Island via BC Ferries, or visit Steveston Village either before or after picking up your pumpkin. Also, be sure to visit the country market. It’s right beside the pumpkin patch and autumn means there is an abundance of extra fresh and tasty produce to buy!
Richmond Sunflower Festival in Summer
The Sunflower Festival at Richmond Country Farms features almost two dozen varieties of flowers spread over eight acres of farmland. Throughout the field are several different photo opportunities and places to relax and enjoy the flowers.
Activities at the Sunflower Festival
During the event, on both weekdays and weekends, Richmond Country Farms offers hay rides out to see the sunflower fields. Folk are dropped off at one end of the field and are free to wander around and enjoy the sights before being picked up at the other side for a ride back to the start. Back at the main area is a flower stand selling cut flowers as well as a food truck with drinks and snacks.
In addition to the regular weekday activities, Richmond Country Farms also offers a few additional activities on weekends. Folk can take a miniature train ride around the property, enjoy live entertainment, pick blueberries and taste local wine. There’s a variety of food trucks available on site as well. (Note: The train ride is an extra charge).
Sunflower Festival Admission and Hours
The Sunflower Festival runs in the late summer to early fall. In 2019 it went from August 3rd until September 11th.
Weekday admission to the Richmond Sunflower Festival last year cost $8 plus tax and weekend admission cost $15. Children ages 2 or younger got in for free.
For more information about the venue see the Richmond Country Farms website.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Steveston Village
- Vancouver Pumpkin Patches
- Lower Mainland Corn Mazes
- Halloween for Kids
- Monthly Calendar
- Vancouver Places for Children
- Lower Mainland Parks and Nature