It’s that time of year where the shorts and tees have been tucked away into the closet, leaves have made the swap from green to orange, and we’re all starting to consider potential Halloween costumes.
As we get past October’s halfway point, it might be time to decorate your place with some festive vegetables.
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The Greater Montreal area has a great selection of spots where you can nab some pumpkins. So, make a day of it: take a drive, throw on some boots, and get picking. Plus, all of these places are oozing with Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
Here are the seven best places near Montreal to nab some pumpkins:
Just 45 minutes from the city, Petch Orchards gives Montrealers the chance to pick pumpkins, pears, and plums at their quaint farm in Hemmingford.
In addition to the fruit and veg, the farm produces some of the best apple cider and apple juice in the province. Be warned: Their donuts are as delicious as they are addictive.
Where: 431 Route 202, Hemmingford
Hours: Every day from 10 am – 5 pm (until October 31)
This pumpkin haven comes alive during the fall months, with a specialty boutique filled with pumpkin-themed goodies, and an outdoor squash market filled with all the squash you can imagine. Expect to find colourful gourds, large pumpkins, and unique offerings like pumpkin butter. They even have pumpkin chips!
Where: 839 Chemin Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm (until October 31)
Quinn Farm (La Ferme Quinn) is one of the most popular farms around Montreal.
Known for their delicious strawberries and apples, it comes as no surprise that they boast gorgeous pumpkin patches and squash picking come October.
They also offer popcorn picking, available every weekend starting October 26 until November 17.
Where: 2495 Perrot Boulevard Sud, Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
If you’re looking for a fun weekend with the fam, then you have to visit Le Verge Labonte. In addition to their huge crop of pumpkin and squash, they also boast corn mazes, a children’s playground, a petting zoo, a quaint bistro, and some seriously scrumptious apple muffins.
Where: 2291 Perrot Blvd, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
With a name like ‘the Magic of the Apples,’ apple picking may unsurprisingly be their specialty but they also boast a great pumpkin patch and some pretty neat Halloween activities all October.
Head to La Magie de la Pomme for an authentic tractor ride, pumpkin patch experience (oh, and don’t forget to try their famous apple donuts).
Where: 925 Rang de la Fresnière, Saint-Eustache
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm (until October 31)
Le Flanc Nord, Verge & Cidrerie is located in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, at the base of the mountain and is the perfect place for a fun family afternoon.
Verger du Flanc du Nord is the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon. In addition to the standard u-pick pumpkins, they also make their own apple cider and have special Halloween-themed events throughout the month of October where you and your kids are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes.
Where: 835 Chemin Rouillard, Mont-Saint-Hilaire
Hours: 8 am – 7 pm (until mid-November)
Located North of Montreal and about an hour drive from downtown, the family-run business has been running for over 25 years. You can pick pumpkins until the end of October along with other seasonal fruits.
The small farm also has an impressive display of locally grown vegetables available for purchase.
Where: 855, Chemin Fresnière, Saint-Eustache
Hours: 8 am – 6 pm