Last minute pumpkin picking at Sunset Valley Farm

By Adam Donnelly
October 30, 2016 - 4:39pm Updated: October 31, 2016 - 12:26pm

KAMLOOPS — If you don’t have a pumpkin carved and ready for Halloween yet, you’d better get on it. CFJC Today caught up with some last minute Gourd Hunters out at Sunset Valley Farm on Sunday, and as they found out, when you leave it this late, the pumpkin pickins’ can be pretty slim.

With just hours until all the little ghouls and goblins hit the streets for Halloween, there were last minute pumpkin pickers at Sunset Valley Farms combing the fields to try and find one of the final few pumpkins with picking.

“Well it’s a little picked over, but it’s a nice day to be out, so I’m still glad we came,” said one hopeful pumpkin hunter.

As the folks who run the farm will tell you, you’re gambling when you leave your pumpkin picking until this late.

“It’s a hunt now,” Parm Uppal explained. “You’re going to have to go out there and look for the best pumpkin. Because it’s the end of the month, a lot of the good ones did get picked through, and we did get hit by frost a couple of times this month, so it does effect the pumpkin supply.”

It was a good year for the family farm and pumpkin patch, who grew a number of decent sized gourds this summer.

“Those ones got picked up pretty fast,” said Simrit Toor, another Sunset Valley farmer. “Those ones are usually the first to go.”

If farm goers were willing to put in the time and search long enough, there were a few hidden jewels amongst the mostly mushy pumpkins still in the field. Sunday was the last day Sunset Valley was open for the fall season, but thanks to all the support from the community, it was another good year for the farm.

“It has been really busy this year,” Uppal added. “We had a really, really good year. Most of the families in Kamloops came and supported us, and we really appreciate that.”

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