Thanksgiving is right around the corner and local pumpkin farms are open and ready for business! A great activity for the whole family is to visit one of these great farms, to enjoy the activities they have to offer, and leave with a car load of pumpkins! Pumpkins make the best fall decor and the best fall treat! There is nothing better than a home-made pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I’ve put together a list of popular, local farms for you to check out in the next few weeks. Here are the top 5!
Geobern Farms: Located about 15 minutes from Almonte, starting on October the 5th, family’s can visit this great pumpkin patch. Attractions include a corn maze, wagon rides, farm animals and a playstructure. The James family encourages you to bring a picnic as there is lots of green space. Take the time to hike out to their historic “Preaching Rock”. Along with pumpkins, they sell gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks and straw bales, all great for helping you create your fall themed porch vignette. (This has been one of our favourite pumpkin patches over the years, and the little one’s really look forward to the wagon ride through the forest!)
Deugo Pumkins & Gourds: Just outside of Almonte is Deugo Pumpkins & Gourds. A smaller pumpkin patch, but a local favourite. Deugo’s has their wagons set up with all sorts of pumpkins and gourds for a variety of uses and a range of prices. It’s a lot of fun to let everyone in the family choose their own pumpkin to spruce up your front porch for Fall. Along with pumpkins and decor items, Deugo’s offers all sorts of squash! Pick them up locally for approximately 1/2 the price of what you would pay at the grocery store. They also have a great Facebook page with updates and recipes posted frequently.
Saunders Farm: For a true, one-of-a-kind, experience, visit Saunders Farm! They are located a bit further away in Munster Township, but the short trip is sure to be worth it. Saunders is a bit more commercial than some of the smaller pumpkin patches. They often have larger events planned such as Spartacat’s Birthday & Ottawa Senators Day (September 30th), Fright Fest (September 28th – October 31st) and their annual Scaring is Caring event (October 12th). They have over 30 attractions and offer events that are great for kids and adults. Check out their website for more info and ticket prices www.saundersfarm.com. This location is definitely more suited for the older kids in your family!
Scotch Line Farm: Scotch Line farm is one of the newer pumpkin farms around, located just outside of Perth. They have a pick-your-own pumpkin patch as well as a variety of pre-picked pumpkins ready for purchase! For the kids, they offer wagon rides every hour. They have a wonderful farm store where you can find handmade products, home baked goods as well as ground beef and sausages from their Red Angus cattle raised on the farm. This farm also makes a great setting for those fall family photos you’ve been planning!
Needham’s Market Garden: Starting in late August, Needham’s pumpkins are ready to go! They have a variety of different types of pumpkins including different shapes, sizes and colours. Not only does Needham’s offer pumpkins, they have a wide variety of seasonal products, canned goods, locally made products and their very own fruit wine! Opening soon this year is their Market Garden Maze. Visit this local attraction daily from 8am-4pm or, they also offer an exciting glow stick maze open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from dusk until 9pm. Needham’s Market Garden store is open daily from 8:00am – 6:00pm from May until the end of October. You’ll find Needham’s on highway 29 in between Arnprior and Pakenham.
There you have it! The top 5, local, pumpkin patches. Any of these farms will be sure to please and would make the perfect fall outing for you and your family. Do you have a favourite local pumpkin patch? Be sure to share your experience with me on Facebook and Instagram!