Now that October is officially in full swing, there’s no better way to get into the festive fall spirit than picking out the perfect pumpkin.
And sure, you could pick one up from your local grocery store, but what’s the fun in that?
Luckily for Toronto, pumpkin patches have popped up all over the GTA, giving Torontonians the perfect reason to feel like a kid again and pick their own pumpkins for carving. (And just think of all the gorgeous Instagram photos.)
So throw on your boots and get ready to get muddy, here are 14 amazing pumpkin patches near Toronto to check out this October.
Located just under an hour north of Toronto, Brooks Farm offers everything you need for a perfect fall afternoon. From picking your own pumpkins and seasonal fruit to visiting the Fall Fun Festival on weekends, Brooks Farms has been a seasonal destination for families for years. Pumpkins typically range in price from $1 to $10 depending on size.
Where: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
When: Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
Located in Uxbridge, this family farm welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest from Thanksgiving weekend until Halloween. Aside from an incredible pumpkin selection to choose from, visitors can also check out the farm animals, barnyard adventure play area, wagon rides and the massive two-acre corn maze.
Where: 1025 Cragg Road, Greenbank (Uxbridge)
When: Weekdays 9 am to 6 pm, Festival Weekends 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Nestled beside the Rouge River Valley in Markham, Whittamore’s Farm is a massive 330-acre fruit and vegetable farm that has welcomed nearly 300,000 customers annually in the past 60 years. Here you’ll find 1000s of pumpkins perfect for carving and become a kid again as you chase your friends through the corn maze and ride with them on a Wagon through the Spooky Forest. Keep in mind that this fall marks the final season of Whittamore’s Farm, so make sure to pay the farm a final visit ASAP.
Where: 18100 Steeles Avenue East, Markham
When: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Located in beautiful Caledon, Dixie Orchards also offers a large variety of pumpkins and squash – perfect for seasonal cooking and baking. Come and spend an afternoon exploring the pumpkin patch, getting lost in the corn maze and then pick out your perfect pumpkin decorating.
Where: 14309 Dixie Road, Caldeon
When: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm
Another Caledon pumpkin goldmine, Albion Orchards will be hosting its annual pumpkin harvest this month. Signifying autumn in Caledon, the pumpkin patch is now open to the public and has pick-your-own pumpkins, white pumpkins, and gourds up for grabs.
Where: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon
When: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
It’s all about Pumpkinfest at Downey’s Farm Market! From a massive eight-acre corn maze to puppet shows and wagon rides, there is something for everyone at Downey’s – and of course, a ton of pumpkins to choose from.
Where: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Brampton
When: Monday to Sunday, Farm Market 9 am to 5 pm; Play Area 10 am to 5 pm
Just under 40-minutes from Toronto you’ll find Reesor’s Farm Market, the perfect place to pick-your-own pumpkin in Markham. Not only is this farm free to visit, it’s also home to a family-friendly corn maze, and also has tons of fall decorations for your home for sale including straw bales, corn stalks, decorative corn, gourds and mini-pumpkins.
Where: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham
When: Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6:30 pm
Come and spend the perfect fall afternoon at Round The Bend Farm. $5 will get you into the farm, where you’ll have fun playing in the corn and straw mazes, feeding the farm animals and picking the perfect pumpkin. And while you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the farm market where you’ll find plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh pies, home decor and much more.
Where: 16225 Jane Street, Kettleby
When: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
The Stonehaven Farm Market in Campbellville is officially open! Here you’ll find everything you need to make delicious fall pies not to mention you can get lost in the massive corn maze, and have some serious laughs on the wagon ride.
Where: 7388 Guelph Line, Campbellville
When: Monday to Friday, noon to 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Not only does Hutchinson Farm have a massive pumpkin patch, it also has a pumpkin museum. That is correct! Their museum features a collection of exotic pumpkins and squash, all grown on their farm in North Burlington. Before you leave, make sure to check out the farm’s Atlantic Giant pumpkins, which weigh up to 220 pounds!
Where: 6202 Walkers Line, Burlington
When: Weekdays 9 am to 6 pm; Weekends 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays, but open on all holidays.
This fall marks Pingle’s 30th season, and if you haven’t had a chance to visit this fall paradise, we highly recommend heading here ASAP. Here you’ll find a giant eight-acre corn maze, wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkins and plenty of fall goodies including seasonal fruits and veggies and delicious apple and pumpkin pies.
Where: 1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton
When: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm; Holiday Mondays, 9 am to 5 pm
Just under an hour from Toronto, Linton’s Farm Market is home to a sprawling farm market selling everything from homegrown veggies and fruit to cheese and jams and preservatives. But more importantly, you will find pick-your-own pumpkins, weekend wagon rides, a giant corn maze and a pumpkin cannon at Linton’s.
Where: 571 Raglan Road East, Oshawa
When: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 8 am to 7:30 pm
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, Murphy’s Farm Market is located just over an hour north of Toronto. Every fall, Murphy’s hosts its Fall Festival that includes wagon rides to the pumpkin patch where visitors can roam the endless rows and multiple varieties of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes. There is also a corn maze, pumpkin cannon show and a bakery serving homemade pies and desserts.
Where: 5141 Simcoe Road 10, RR 2 Alliston
When: Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
Just under an hour north of Toronto is Cooper’s Farm, a family-owned market farm, using sustainable farming practices. This fall, head to Cooper’s Farm where you’ll get into the festive spirit after going pumpkin picking, enjoy the family-friendly scavenger hunt and get lost in the farm’s sprawling 10-acre Canada 150 themed corn maze.
Where: 266 Ashworth Road, Zephyr
When: Wednesday to Friday, 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm