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Davison Orchards in Vernon shuts down U-pick pumpkin patch considered an event by public health

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October 21, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Davison Orchards Country Village in Vernon has decided to close its U-pick pumpkin patch and tractor train for the season after learning the activity is considered an event by Interior Health.

Tamra Davison, marketing director with Davison Orchards, said she won't elaborate on the details, but the orchard decided to shut down the patch as of today, Oct. 21, since it was considered an event.

“There are requirements that you can meet and in our situation, it’s virtually impossible to meet those requirements so we found it was better just to move our pumpkins to our yard and ask people to visit the farm and just not got to the pumpkin patch,” Davison said.

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“They have a limit to 50 people plus and they want to sanitize our tractor train and leave it to sit for an hour… I’m disappointed that we need to do it and many of our customers are disappointed that we need to do it,” she said.

The farm and market is still open and pumpkins can still be be purchased, but the U-pick pumpkin option is no longer available.

Another popular U-pick in the Okanagan has placed a limit on customers. At McMillian Farms in Kelowna, the farm is currently limiting customers to specific time slots and tickets must be purchased in advance online.

Interior Health could not be immediately reached for comment.

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