While it’s sad to know that the days are getting cooler, there’s no better way to get into the festive fall spirit than by 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 Torontonians, there is a plethora of pumpkin patches around the GTA that serve up all the nostalgic fall feels you could ask for.
So throw on your boots and prepare to get muddy — here are 11 amazing pumpkin patches near Toronto to check this fall.
But remember, when outdoors you must physically distance from those not in your social bubble. And many of the farms are asking for customers to wear face masks and to reserve spots beforehand to avoid overcrowding of the premises.
Fully embrace the season of autumn at Brooks Farms by participating in the annual Fall Fun on the Farm, which runs on weekends beginning September 5 and ending November 1. This includes Thanksgiving Monday, which, weather permitting, is often the farm’s busiest day of the year.
However, they will be limiting entry to have proper physical distancing.
Where: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
When: Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm
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Located in Uxbridge, this family farm welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest from Thanksgiving weekend until Halloween.
During October, you can go on the weekends for the Harvest Festival or enjoy the 8th Annual Cider Pressing Day in November.
Where: 1025 Cragg Road, Greenbank (Uxbridge)
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Located in beautiful Caledon, Dixie Orchards 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 picking out your perfect pumpkin for decorating.
Where: 14,309 Dixie Road, Caledon
When: 10 am to 5 pm daily
Another Caledon pumpkin goldmine, Albion Orchards will be hosting its annual pumpkin harvest in October. Signifying autumn in Caledon, the pumpkin patch opens to the public in October and has pick-your-own pumpkins, white pumpkins, and gourds up for grabs.
Where: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon
When: Store open Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; pick-your-own on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm
It’s all about Pumpkinfest at Downey’s Farm Market!
While the Farmyard Play Area is open, reservations are required and fewer pumpkins will be available to pick to ensure that physical distancing is happening on the farm.
Where: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Brampton
When: Open daily from 9 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. The farm is home to a family-friendly corn maze and also has tons of fall decorations for your home for sale.
You can pick your own pumpkins from October 1 to 30, but you need to make a reservation to avoid overcrowding.
Location: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6:30 pm
Round The Bend Farm serves up an ideal fall afternoon. You can have fun playing in the corn and straw mazes, feeding the farm animals, and picking the perfect pumpkin, but you’ll have to make a reservation first.
Location: 16225 Jane Street, Kettleby
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
The Stonehaven Farm Market in Campbellville will start offering pick-your-own-pumpkin visits in late September to late October. Here, you’ll find everything you need to make delicious fall pies, but you’ll only be admitted if you have a ticket.
Where: 7388 Guelph Line, Campbellville
When: Saturday and Sunday, starting September 19
At Hutchinson Farm, they embrace the diversity of life with an outstanding collection of standard and exotic pumpkins – each and every one grown on their fields 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.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, Murphy’s Farm Market is located just over an hour north of Toronto. Starting September 19 to November 1, Murphy’s will host its Fall Festival that includes wagon rides to the pumpkin patch where visitors can roam the endless rows of multiple pumpkin varieties in different shapes and sizes — but you must wear a mask and physically distance.
Location: 5141 Simcoe Road 10, RR 2 Alliston
Hours: Daily from 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 and getting lost in the farm’s sprawling 10-acre corn maze.
Where: 266 Ashworth Road, Zephyr
When: Thursday to Sunday 10 am to 3 pm