October 19, 2018
Our family was thrilled to partner with Kid Approved BC and Tourism Delta to explore Emma Lea Farms in Delta, BC. It was our first time across the historic wooden Westham Island bridge, and we we thrilled with the area’s rustic ambiance and fun things to do for kids of all ages! It may sound funny, but driving across the old bridge made it feel even more like a special trip.
We were surprised to learn that Emma Lea Farms has been in the family since 1885. and that everything in their farm store is grown on site or locally in BC. I’ve shared before that I grew up next to a farm, and it was a large part of my childhood– I’m so glad to be able to share this experience with my son even though we live in suburban Surrey.
It’s always great to get away from the ipad, Pokemon Cards, and Netflix to enjoy old fashioned family time together. We delighted in Emma Lea Farm’s: Bonfire with Smores, Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe and Apple Stamped Burlap Crafts. My son made me roast his marshmallow for him (I burnt it), the pumpkins kept on rolling off the table, and we all had green paint all over us by the end of the day… but that’s how we make family memories together.
Hee-Haw! Because who doesn’t love visiting donkeys? We had a great time imitating their sounds to each other the entire drive home.
I love that Emma Lea Farms is proudly SPCA Certified, which includes a visit at least once a year by a trained, independent auditor who inspects the farm to the SPCA Certified animal welfare standards. A separate panel of independent experts decides if the farm meets the requirements for certification.
Parents know that kids need to get their sillies out; the playground and slide were big hits for our little guy. That exercise, paired with running around the pumpkin patch made him hungry for a yummy ice cream sundae topped with local berries. I also love that vegan options are available for our milk + egg allergies. I admit, I *may* have eaten half of my kid’s sundae. Moms can get away with that.
I’m a firm believer that we appreciate food more when we know where it comes from. My husband’s career has him working with fruit and veggies all day, and our family is passionate about eating + supporting local as often as we can. A day at a farm or market together always makes us further appreciate what’s on our own dinner table. And we also find food tastes better when it’s fresh + local.
Ahhhh, yes! Who could forget our main reason for going to Emma Lea Farms? We searched out the perfect pumpkin from the patch; it was hard to choose which one was going to come home with us! There was a wide selection, the BEST I’ve seen at a farm before.
Our son was so proud to bring his pumpkin home and insisted on carving it that evening… a little early, but who could blame him?
I often take my own photos… but it was SO much easy for us to work with Kaylyn Barr, who was an absolute pleasure to work with– especially since the little guy was full of beans! She made us all feel so relaxed and came early to scout the perfect spots + lighting. She had a great sense of humour and gently guided us on where to stand and how to pose. Believe it or not, this is only our second professional family photoshoot together EVER! We’re all thrilled with these photos.
Kid Hat: Purpose Apparel
Mom + Son Shirts: Free Reign
Necklace: Mint + Birch
Sunglasses: Pala Eyewear
Purse: EBA Totes
Even though this is a sponsored post, as always, all opinions are my own.