The Great Pumpkin – “Gourd” yourself this fall with family fun and local pumpkins

Peter Piper should have listened to Charlie Brown and not just picked a peck of pickled peppers; pumpkins are perfect too! The season of the pumpkin is upon us with many opportunities to explore local farms, taste local fare made with pumpkin, and enjoy local events and festivals.

The Halton Pumpkin Trail is happening again this year. The trail showcases Halton’s unique pumpkin and harvest-themed experiences. All you need is the self-guided map to find your way to a variety of fall events and products available right here in the Halton Region.

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The Niagara Escarpment shines with red, gold and green in the fall, and innovative tasting experiences will be created using pumpkin. From pumpkin-themed activities to pumpkin-themed accommodations, the Halton Pumpkin Trail offers fun for all ages.

Participating farms and businesses will be listed on a special Pumpkin Trail map, soon to be available online and in hard copy. This year, the Pumpkin Trail program will start mid-September and go through to October 31, 2014. Copies of the map will be available at local Tourism offices, participating establishments, farmers’ markets and by dialing 311.

For a unique farm to chef to table experience, we recommend the Harvest Halton event at Country Heritage Park in Milton on October 5, 2014 from 1 to 5pm. Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming community and this annual event celebrates the great pride they take in their local food. This year’s event teams up some of the Region’s finest farmers with award-winning chefs and restaurants to create many delights with signature ingredients fresh from the harvest. Guests will also have an opportunity to satisfy their thirst and increase their knowledge of microbreweries with beverages from Halton’s craft breweries. Enjoy live music, an artisanal market, wagon rides, and speak directly to local farmers to learn more about the benefits of eating local.

Picked Straight from the Patch

The scene at many local farms is simply idyllic for us city folk: pumpkins on display and strewn about the field, animals to pet, wagons to ride and hay bales to climb. Many local farms, such as those mentioned below, offer food, family fun and a chance to foray into a bit of country life.

Andrews’ Scenic Acres
9365 No. 10 Side Road, Halton Hills
905-878-5807
andrewsscenicacres.com

Highlights
Pick-your-own gourds and Indian corn, enjoy the animal corral, haunted forest and straw mountain, hayrides, picnic/play area, playground and pumpkin patch.

Hutchinson Farm
6202 Walker’s Line, Burlington
905-335-2515
hutchinsonfarm.ca

Highlights
Pick-your-own gourds and squash, explore the exotic pumpkin gallery.

Springridge Farm
7256 Bell School Line, Milton
905-878-4908
springridgefarm.com

Highlights
Seasonal decorations, specialty foods, Harvest Festival, wagon rides and more.

Stonehaven Farms
7388 Guelph Line, Milton
stonehavenfarms.com

Highlights
Pick-your-own pumpkins, on-farm market, six-acre corn maze, children’s play area, wagon rides and more.

Chudleigh’s Farm
9528 Regional Road 25, Milton
905-878-2725
chudleighs.com

Highlights
Entertainment area, face painting, farm animal area, licensed lunch area, play area, pumpkin patch, straw maze, tours and tractor wagon rides.

 

by BECKY DUMAIS

 

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