Moxon’s Country Pumpkin

Feeding the goats at Moxon's Country PumpkinMe: “Do you want to go to the Country Pumpkin?”

Amelia: “YEAH!”

A farmer’s market may seem like an odd thing to cover on a travel blog, but Fredericton has a habit of making a destination out of their markets, and Moxon’s Country Pumpkin is no exception.

If you live in Freddy Beach and have kids under 10, you probably already know about the Country Pumpkin. I’m willing to bet that you come here a couple of times a month (during the not-freezing months, at least) just because it’s the easiest way to entertain the kids while you pick up a few groceries.

But if you’re a tourist, this place is worth a stop too. It’s actually my favourite kind of tourist stop – original, local, and perplexing (after all, who thinks: “Hey, you know what would make people buy more carrots? A peacock!”)

Peacock at Moxon's Country Pumpkin in Maugerville, NB

A peacock.

The Food

For those doing a self-catering vacation, there’s plenty of delicious local food here – everything from veggies grown right on the farm to the most delicious cheese buns you’ve ever eaten. Pies, cookies, dairy, vegetables and fruits compete in the summertime with an ice cream stand and a food truck offering up the usual fries, hotdogs and hamburgers.

Moxon's Country PumpkinMoxon’s does supplement their own farm goods with fruits and veggies from other places, so keep an eye on the signs. If they’ve grown it, it’ll say so right on the sign.

Local raspberries at Moxon'sThe bakers at Moxon’s especially deserve kudos: their bread reminds me of the old-school white bread my father-in-law made, and those cheese buns are one of life’s great pleasures. Dip your cheese bun in hot soup, and it’s a whole new level of happy.

The Playground

You’ve been driving for hours, exploring the beauty of New Brunswick. So when it’s time to stop the car and get out, you’ll be glad to know that Moxon’s Country Pumpkin not only has your caloric needs covered, but the kids can work off some steam on the slides and swings.

Stay as long as you like, there’s no admission fee.

Playground at Moxon's Country PumpkinThe animals

Moxon’s Country Pumpkin has all manner of animals – goats, horses, a peacock, llamas, a pig… and if you ask at the cash registers inside they’ll give you veggie scraps to feed them with. Watch out for the bully alpha goat, though. He’s harmless, but hogs the food, and we’ve had to come up with some clever diversionary tactics to make sure all the animals get some of the food!

llama

Oh, and in the fall they do indeed have a fantastic selection of pumpkins!

Find it

Moxon’s Country Pumpkin is in Maugerville (pronounced “major-ville” for reasons that escape me) which is on the north side of the St. John River.

Your turn

Have you been to Moxon’s Country Pumpkin? What’s your favourite part?

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