Pumpkins are the Snowbirds of the gourd family.
Like the silver-haired members of the human race who flock to sunnier climes in the winter months, the seasonal fruit revels in the sun.
Laity Pumpkin Patch has seen a bumper crop in 2013, thanks in large part to one of the warmest, sunniest summers in recent memory.
"We have a real good crop," said Heather Laity, who owns the family run agri-tourism business along with her husband Don. "They [the pumpkins] love the warm temperature in the summer. That's what pumpkins like. They love the heat."
Even the recent fall chill and torrential rainfall hasn't affected the several thousand pumpkins of all shapes and sizes that colour 18 acres at the farm, located at the bottom of Laity Road, a few feet west along 128th St.
Laity said because the soil was so dry from the summerlong heat wave, any rainwater drained quickly. The pumpkin patch has grown in popularity over the past few years.
"Before that, not many people ever thought about going out to the farm, but now it's caught on," Laity said.
The couple's four sons, two daughterin-laws, and six grandchildren all help out with the family business, Laity added.
Laity Pumpkin Patch has operated for more than two decades and is nearly a year-round operation.
"It takes another month to put everything away," Laity said. "July, August, September - it takes three months to set up. Then there's all the planting and weeding."
Attractions include an interactive path that takes visitors past wooden animals and a frontier town (complete with a general store and schoolhouse), tractor wagon rides, a corn maze, farm animals, and, of course, pumpkin picking.
The pumpkin patch is open every day until Oct. 31. Laity Pumpkin Patch is at 21145 128th Ave. People can call 604-467-4302 or visit its website at www.laitypumpkinpatch.com for more information.
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