With pumpkin spice in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, you’re probably anxious to get your seasonal jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin collections together for Thanksgiving and Halloween and all the other fall days that we love. While it’s probably easier to stop by a No Frills or a Freshco for your gourd, there’s something magical about wandering through a pumpkin patch in autumn that you can’t find at a grocery store. Here are 5 of my favourite places to pick out a pumpkin near The Greater Toronto Area.
Andrew’s Scenic Acres is in Milton, which isn’t too far away from Toronto. It’s a family-owned farm that’s quite popular, and even has wagon rides to the field so you can have the whole pumpkin patch experience. You can pick any size pumpkin you like, and they range from being tiny little things of weighing just a few pounds to huge pumpkins that push 80 lbs.
Reesor’s Farm Market is in Markham, and it’s got everything from the pumpkins you’d expect to a corn maze. You can get into the patch for free, but you can choose to pay for a wheelbarrow of pumpkins you pick, or get three pumpkins $25. It’s really easy to spend a day here, there’s lots to do and it’s surprisingly inexpensive.
Albion Orchards over in Caledon is a lovely apple farm that also sells pumpkins in the fall. I love their pumpkin patch, and it’s nice to be able to change things up by also picking apples in the orchard if the weather is nice. The market at this farm is lovely in the fall, they have some of the most delicious preserves and jams I’ve ever had.