As the weather cools, and the leaves start changing colour it’s time to visit the pumpkin patch! Many local farms start to sell pumpkins as early as the beginning of October. So grab a sweater, maybe a pumpkin spice latte, and get pickin’.
Sure you could go to the grocery store and pick a pumpkin out of the bin, OR you could give your kids a slightly more authentic pumpkin picking experience at one of the many local pumpkin patches that Ottawa has to offer.
Here are a few of our favourites!
Your family can pick more than just apples at the Log Cabin and Pumpkin Patch. Plan to spend the day getting free Hay-Wagon rides, sampling fresh baked goods, candy apples, (cider for adults) and mexican treats on the weekend. The Log Cabin and Pumpkin Patch also offers free admission and parking so there is no reason not to go.
The pick your own patch at Miller’s Farm offers not one, not two, but eight acres of produce to pick from. If you visit on the weekend we recommend hopping on the tractor driven wagon ride, exploring the corn maze, and bringing your dog for an afternoon outside.
There really are so many things to do at Sauder Farm on top of just picking out the perfect pumpkin. From mazes, to hayrides, to paintball, and fudge this place is a must stop during the month of October. Throughout the day there are also live puppet shows, ghost town stage shows, and a march of the monster parade. Sounds spooky.
With 23 years of growing experience Abby Hill Farms will surely provide you with the perfect pumpkin. The farms also sells other seasonable vegetables, squash, and apples if you are looking to restock your pantry. Abby Hill Farms is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
If your family is looking for one the perfect pumpkin, or some straw, hay bales, corn stalks, or even gourds to decorate your doorstep this Halloween, we suggest taking a trip to Fallowfield Tree Farm. The farm also offers special pumpkin fundraisers, so if you are group, youth organization, or team make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity.
Last but not least is Cannamore Orchard. Located just 35 minutes east of downtown Ottawa this place is full of family activities and Halloween themed events. After you pick the perfect pumpkin, why not take a covered wagon tour, visit the pedal car track, or even check out the petting zoo? The famous Acres of Terror will also be open late September to late October.