Farm Rules & FAQ

Thank you for keeping our farm safe and clean!

Farm Rules

We ask that you please:

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Keep 2m between you, other guests and staff
  • Please don't bring food from home - you can buy a ploughman's lunch plate to enjoy at our private picnic table site area. No outside food is permitted on the farm.
  • Children are welcome and should be supervised - we've found that they love to help harvest and can play in the mazes or go for a wagon or train ride
  • Please leave your dogs and other pets at home. It is too hot to leave them in your vehicle and they are not allowed onsite.
  • No smoking or vaping onsite.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

DO I NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION?
  • You can either purchase your tickets online in advance of your visit, or you can purchase them onsite when you arrive.
CAN I BRING MY OWN PICNIC?
  • We have a lovely concession that is open Tuesday through Sunday. You can also order a Family Farm Picnic in advance of your visit. No outside food is allowed on the farm.
CAN I BRING MY DOG OR PUPPY?
  • Service Dogs are welcome onsite. All other dogs and pets should be left at home. It is too hot to leave them in your vehicle and they are not permitted onsite.
DO YOU HAVE BIRTHDAY PARTIES?
  • Yes, we love hosting birthday parties - big or small - at the farm. Call us at 780-921-2272 or book online: https://prairiegardens.org/group-bookings/birthdays/birthday_parties/
I JUST WANT TO LOOK AROUND - DO I NEED TO PURCHASE ADMISSION?
  • You are more than welcome to enjoy our Garden Center, Farm Market, and Country Store without purchasing admission. If you would like to explore and enjoy the rest of the farm (mazes, playgrounds, animals, vegetable u-pick, train and wagon rides, etc.), you need to purchase Admission.
    CAN WE PICK VEGETABLES?
    • Yes, you can! We grow everything from broccoli to zucchini to garlic to pumpkins to potatoes to cucumbers to beans to kale, and so much more. What's ready changes depending on the weather and season - call ahead at 780-921-2272 to see what's available.
    HOW MUCH DO THE VEGETABLES  COST?
    • You can fill a 4L pail with a mixed variety of veggies for $15. Heritage tomatoes are $15/1.5L pail. Garlic is sold by the bulb.  Vegetables like new baby potatoes, Zucchinis, cousa, kholrabi,  cucumbers and beans are $15/4L (approx $3/lb) .
        WHAT HAPPENS IF ITS A RAINY DAY?
        • This is a drought year. So far this season we have two showers and .5 inch of rain. We hope it will rain someday!
          If it does, dress for the weather or visit another day.
        DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?
        • No, wearing a mask is no longer required, plus you are outdoors!
        IS THE PETTING FARM INCLUDED?
        • With our General Admission, you can enjoy viewing our heritage chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, and sheep! If you would like to go inside with the animals, you should purchase a Farm Animal Discovery Pass instead.
        DO YOU ACCEPT EDMONTON ATTRACTION PASSES?
        • We are accepting Edmonton Attraction Passes from 2020. They include entrance to the farm, the mazes, playgrounds, and train ride. Please note: this is the last year that you can use your Edmonton Attraction Passes and our season ends on October 31st, 2021.

        Peas, Potatoes &
        U-Pick Veggies

        We grow lovely garden Peas - snap or shelling; Baby Potatoes: Red Norland, Colomba and Santina Gold, (U-dig) or find at our Farmer Market on Sundays from 12pm - 6pm starting mid-July. Heirloom Tomatoes, Garden Greens and Zucchini Squash are ready at the beginning of July!

        Here’s what we’ve got planted in the gardens: Vegetable Season starts in late July - You can U-pick peas or beans or squash, or find our produce fresh picked at our Farmer Market 12-6 on Sundays!

        • Summer Squash  Scallopini, Cousa (Lebanese Zuchini)
        • Peas – Edible Pod and Shelling
        • Green, Purple and Yellow Wax Beans
        • Zuchini,  Green, Gold and Striped
        • Beets, Carrots, and Onions available at our farm market (not u-pick)
        • Summer Squash  Scallopini, Cousa (Lebanese Zuchini)
        • Peas – Edible Pod and Shelling
        • Green, Purple and Yellow Wax Beans
        • Zuchini,  Green, Gold and Striped
        • Beets, Carrots, and Onions available at our farm market (not u-pick)
        • Sweet Corn – Please call ahead to order by the 50 cob sack! (Not u-pick)
        • Kale – Blue Ridge, Russian Red, and Redbor,
        • Fresh Dill, Parsley, and all kinds of Fresh Herbs (not U-pick available at the farm market on Sundays 12-6
        • Swiss Chard – Red Rhubarb, Bright Lights
        • Edible Flowers – Begonia, Pansy, Calendula, Bachelor Button, Viola, Marigold

        Sweet Corn

        Sweet Corn is ready in Late August until frost!
        When in season, call to pre-order a Sack!

        Sweet Corn on the Cob is like garden candy!  We’re growing it at the homestead farm, and will have ready picked corn ready for our Corn Fest weekend!  Our sweet corn is usually ready to harvest around the last week of August. We grow six different varieties, from Extra Early Super-sweets, to Peaches and Cream. We sell it by the cob or by the sack.

        Taber may be famous for it’s corn production in Alberta, but fresh sweet corn is absolutely the sweetest when it is fresh picked. The sugars within the kernels convert to starch very quickly (by 50% every 24 hours).

        The six different varieties we grow start to ripen by late August and continue until the first killing frost –usually around mid September.  Please give us a call at 780.921.2272 to order it by the sack for corn roasts or parties. The long weekend in September we celebrate the harvest with the Prairie Garden’s Corn Fest!  We also grow baby corn!

        And Corn Mazes!  Look up! Way up! It’s the Maze Corn – which grows quickly nearly 15 cm a week to a towering height of over 3 meters tall – and is ready to get lost in by the August long weekend. We grow over 7 acres of maze, with 5 km of trails in it. Each year, Precision Mazes, from Kansas City, Missouri, creates a brand new GPS design for our Great Prairie Corn Maze, full of twists, turns and surprises! Even after the frosts, the maze corn stands tall until the end of October, and becomes part of the fun at the Haunted Pumpkin Festival.

        Pumpkins

        U-Pick Pumpkin Season runs from
        Sept 15 – Nov 2

        We grow over 40 varieties of pumpkins in a huge 7 acre field, then hand pick them and bring them indoors into our greenhouse pavilions when the nightime temperatures start to drop below freezing.  We’re famous for Blue Pumpkins, Striped Pumpkins, Warty Pumpkins, Pie Pumpkins, and Big Bruisers for Jack-o’Lanterns!

        White pumpkins are excellent this season, as the hot summer days are just what the pumpkins needed to mature!  We grow Baby Boo (mini) Casperita,  Casper,  and Cotton Candy white pumpkins. Our favorite is called “One too Many”  as you can never have one too many of this one.  It’s white with an orange spider web over the top!

        Come pick out a pumpkin weekends at our Haunted Pumpkin Fest! On weekdays, come and choose a pumpkin from our indoor pumpkin patches is between 2:30 and 4:30, when we have staff available to assist you! On the weekends, admission is refunded if you stay less than 1/2 hour to purchase your pumpkin.

        We grow all of our own pumpkins in the Edmonton, Alberta, countryside.

        The prices range from $1.50 for Jack-Be-Littles, to $3 for Pie Pumpkins to $25 for Jack O’Lanterns.

        CHOOSING A PUMPKIN, STORAGE AND CARVING TIPS

        Winter Squash

        Late July – September

        We grow a wide variety of squash including green or gold Zucchini, Vegetable Marrow, Scallopini, Lebanese Zucchini, Vegetable Spagetti, Hubbard, Acorn, and Stripetti squash.

        They can be cooked in a number of ways. We love to sautee slices of them with butter, garlic, and herbs. You can also stuff them with a mixture of cooked hamburger, rice, and tomatoes.

        Downloadable Winter Squash Guide >

        Visitor Testimonials


        Always a wonderful way to disconnect from the every day and reconnect with family and enjoy the beauty of farmland and gardens. Beautiful place and wonderful produce! We enjoy the fall festival every year, and for our first time, enjoyed our farm days experience ! Love this place!!
        Kayla C - Farmzy

        Had the best time at Open Farm Days! Lots to do and see and the perfect escape from the city. The pizzas from Benny’s Bread was phenomenal and we left with vegetables and herbs galore!!!
        Melissa Lucy - Facebook

        A wonderful place! Tam and the team love what they are doing and it shows! Fruit and veggies are delicious. It is a treat every time.
        Elizabeth Marinescu - Google