Fall is in full effect and Maans farms is all set up for the harvest. Here is what you can expect from one the Fraser Valley’s favourite farms, this Autumn season.
One of the fields has been repurposed to a pumpkin emporium. Here, they have no shortage of this gourd, arranged in rows by colour and height. The sheer expanse of them is worth cataloging. Pick up a freshly scrubbed and ready to go pumpkin here, instead of schleping one from a muddy patch. The highlight of the field is definitely their “pumpkin house”. Four walls and a pointed roof, with pumpkins filling in the blanks.
They also have a poop-themed maze, where explorers are encouraged to search for dead ends and the poop-themed questions and answers that await you. For example I learned what the nickname for sheep’s poop is and which barnyard animal’s poop is ideal for starting a fire with. I won’t spoil it here for you, guess you will just have to visit for yourself to find out.
For younger kids their regular play park is open with a rubber tire clubhouse, wooden fort, zip lines, pedal go karts, and plenty of barnyard animals to interact with.
Looking for something to eat and drink? Within their main market you can order a hot lunch, warm up with beverage, shop for gifts, take a frozen meal home, and even enjoy a wine tasting. For the latter, if you haven’t already done so, try their collection of fruit wines as a flight. And if you pick up a bottle, the tasting fee is waved. I like using them in place of “juice” or any mixes when shaking up a cocktail.
And for spooky season, they are cleverly offering their berry blends in to-go pouches that resemble blood bags.
But my favourite way to enjoy their wine is as a fruit slush, topped up and finished with one of their berry wines.
But for something more traditional, they also offer wine white.
For food enjoy familiar Indian classics like butter chicken, samosas, and curries, along with pies, soups, sauces. On our visit we enjoyed vegetarian samosas with their chai.
But the real foodie features are their seasonal flavoured mini doughnuts and soft serve. The former is made to order and flavoured like apple pie with plenty of cinnamon and sugar. For purchase of this or the soft serve, you need to pay for a ticket inside, and queue to redeem it outside.
The Double Pumpkin Spice Cream is a mild pumpkin soft serve, made with roasted pumpkins from their patch, and seasoned full of spices like nutmeg, ginger, & cinnamon. It is finished with with a homemade ginger molasses cookie and whipped cream. It is extremely eye catching presented in an hollowed out mini pumpkin. I found it a lot for one person, so do suggest sharing a serving.
In short there is plenty to do at Maan Farms and even more to come with Halloween fast approaching. Be sure to visit their website for all upcoming events, to not miss out.
Maan Farms Market and Estate Winery
790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7N4