Here’s where to pick your own pumpkin (and other fruits & veggies)

A perfect fall activity

With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to get out the costumes and put the Jack O’Lanterns on the front porch or doorstep. But if you haven’t gotten your pumpkin yet fear not, there are ample spots around the Greater Toronto Area to get the one you need. Here are a few pumpkin patches as well as orchards that should solve your problem.

Knox Pumpkin Farm | 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton

Situated a little bit north of Courtice, this fourth-generation family farm has been around for ages. In fact, the farm house was built back in 1887! The pumpkin patch has been opened since Sept. 26 and runs through Halloween. Pumpkin picking is available as well as tractor rides to the pumpkin patch. Weekday admission is $5 and weekend admission is $7 (children under two are free).


Pingle’s Farm Market | 1805 Taunton Road, Hampton

Pingle’s has a garden centre, farmer’s market and U Pick area for pumpkins. They also have plenty of activities on Halloween including a parade and a carving party (don’t worry, they supply the tools). And while not as much produce is available in the fall as in summer, squash, pumpkins, apples and cabbages are there for your selection.

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Hutchinson Farm | 6202 Walkers Line, Burlington

Pumpkins, gourds, beets, squash and onions are currently available at this long standing farm founded by John Hutchinson. The pumpkins are plentiful and varied ranging from a “knuckle head” and “half pint” to exotic pumpkins like a “Lady Godiva” and even white pumpkins. “Don’t forget your camera!” the farm’s website says. The farm is opened weekends and all weekdays except for Monday.

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Andrew’s Scenic Acres | 9365 10th Sideroad, Halton Hills

Over 165 acres of land here which means ample space for various produce and crops. Sweet corn, strawberries and pumpkins each have at least 25 acres a piece devoted entirely to themselves. Free wagon rides are offered to the patches with staff/lead pickers from the farm guiding you to the prime areas. Apples, gourds, super sweet corn and squash are some of the fruits and vegetables currently in season. Andrew’s also has the “Great Pumpkin Challenge” throughout October. A “Scotch Block Winery” is also found here.

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Cooper’s CSA | 266 Ashworth Road, Zephyr

Located just north of Uxbridge, this farm has a U-Pick option so you can decide what pumpkin you want. The farm also includes a 10-acre corn maze (which this year resembles coach Mike Babcock alongside the Toronto Maple Leafs logo) and an asparagus mini-maze but if you want to do that it’s $9 admission (children under three are free). For pumpkins the U-Pick is $4 for one or $10 for three. Strawberries and raspberries are also here but the season is nearly over for picking. They’re open every Saturday in October until 10 p.m.

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