Whether you’re concocting delicious fall stews, soups, or pies, or preparing to haunt your whole neighborhood come Halloween, harvest celebration time makes the whole process ever so delicious and fun. Torontonians from all around drive out to pumpkin patches on the outer limits of the city, in search of that perfect Jack-o’-lantern, and apple picking is a popular way for families to spend quality time together outside.
If you’re in the east end, Reesor Farm Marketruns from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6:30pm, and you can pick your own pumpkins, starting around late September or early October. Take advantage of photo ops with their giant straw man, the corn maze, straw bales, and lots more. Call for picking times and conditions.
From the Barrie area, Murphy’s Farmstead is a great bet, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, and weekends till 5. Take the kids for the Fun Farm Yard play area, and pick your own pumpkins starting in October. Here’s a comprehensive list of the many pumpkin-places in greater Toronto!
As far as apples are concerned, you can pick your own at Dixie Orchards in Caledon from September 3 till Halloween, daily from 10am to 5:30pm, and maybe stop by the heaven-scented bakery for some freshly baked apple pie and a cup of cider before you go.
At Pine Farms Orchard, located among the rolling hills of the picturesque King Township, the picking season runs from mid-August to mid-October (9-5 daily), and besides apples, you can also buy honey, pies, and cider!
Here’s a full guide to Toronto apple-picking.