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Autumn in Ontario is an exciting time. Those last-ditch cottage weekends, the back-to-school scramble, the glorious natural showing that is the foliage changing and, of course, the harvest.
OK, so most of us aren’t that involved in the harvest these days, but that’s not to say we couldn’t be. In fact, the GTA has some amazing farms that offer tours, events and all sorts of family fun in the fall. Here are some of the best farms to visit in the GTA.
Andrews Scenic Acres
These two-generation Ontario farmers offer events to bring people together like live music and get-togethers on the weekends, but it’s the you-pick that’s really worth the trip. Their fall you-pick harvests include raspberries, apples, pears, squash, pumpkin and more–get out and get your fingers sticky.
Riverdale is a little rural oasis and historic working farm nestled in Cabbagetown and managed by Toronto Parks. Head there on the weekend of Sept 10-11 for the corn roast, contests and fun of the annual Fall Festival.
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There’s so much more to do than farm at this Mount Albert operation that has been family-owned since 1875. During their annual Fall Fun Festival (every weekend from Sept 9 to Nov 5, including holidays), you and the fam can experience the corn maze, farm market, train rides, duck races, zip lines and more. Be warned: the kids will not want to leave.
Springridge Farm in Milton is as much a destination for the food as it is for the good times. Their on-site bakery, weekend BBQ and seasonal pies are each worth the trip. Their Harvest Festival runs weekends from Sept 23 to Oct 29.
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Applewood Farm Winery
Stouffville knows how to farm, and, lately, they’ve been learning about fruit wine, too. That’s right, wine. So, while the kids are tearing around the straw bale mountain or riding on the tractor wagon, you can shop for some of their unique fruit wines.
Chudleighs’ orchards are as lively as ever in fall. Explore them with the family, pick some apples, grab a lunch at the farm kitchen or pantry and eat it in the picnic area. Pure autumnal bliss.
If your objective is to exhaust your children so they sleep all the way home and right through the night, you can’t go wrong with Markham’s Whittamores Farm, which has a 2-storey tree fort, corn maze and farm bouncer. Pumpkinland also looks pretty legit–know how heavy those things are?!