Goin' to the Pumpkin Patch
Charlie Brown wasn't the only child in search of the "Great Pumpkin." Each year, thousands of kids and their families flock to pumpkin patches hoping to find that one remarkable pumpkin.
There are several pumpkin patches you can find in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Some are a short drive into the country, but it's well worth it, especially when many offer much more than just a pumpkin patch. You'll find animal petting areas, great picnic areas, corn mazes, tractor rides for the kids, and more! And, the patch can be educational. Find out how a pumpkin is grown and see demonstrations on how to carve one. If you're really lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a haunted barn!
As for the main attraction, there are countless pumpkins in the fields to choose from. Choosing a pumpkin is easy! Decide first if you want it for decorating or for eating. Look for a pumpkin that has a great shape and that is a deep orange. Make sure it is free of cuts, soft spots, or bruises, and that the stem is attached. The flesh should feel firm, and not give easily. Keep your fresh-picked pumpkin in a dry, cool place. Don't forget to save the seeds if you like roasted pumpkin seeds.
Be sure to bring your camera to capture this day of fun. Happy pumpkin picking!
Here are our top picks for pumpkin patches in and around the Greater Toronto Area:
14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon, ON
Andrews Scenic Acres
9365 10th Sideroad, Milton/Halton Hills, ON
Applewood Farm Winery
12442 McCowan Rd. Stouffville, ON
122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert, ON
Chudleigh's Apple Farm
9528 Hwy 25, Halton Hills, ON
Forsythe Family Farms
10539 Kennedy Road, Markham, ON
16540 11th Concession, King Township, Schomberg, ON
Round the Bend Farm
16225 Jane Street, R.R. #1, Kettleby, ON
7300 3RD Concession Uxbridge, ON
7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON
Southbrook Farms Pumpkin Patch
1150 Major Mackenzie Dr. West, Richmond Hill, ON
Stonehaven Farm Market and Pick Your Own
7388 Guelph Line R.R.#3, Campbellville, ON
8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, ON