It’s that lovely time of year when the trees turn colours, we can layer in fun sweaters but still enjoy the warmth of the sun, and the orchards are plentiful with apples, pumpkins, gourds, and corn.
It is the height of harvest season in the Ottawa valley. For many area residents, it’s a chance to get outdoors with the whole family and take part in the annual ritural of pumpkin picking. While the big city is certainly not filled with farmers’ markets and grocers where you can choose a lovely gourd, there is nothing quite like a drive to the scenic towns on the city’s outskirts to visit one of the many farms and orchards where they grow.
What better way to enjoy this special time of year with the family than by heading to a local farm or orchard for some fresh air, outdoor activities, animals, fruit picking, hay rides, gourmet goodies, to select the perfect pumpkin for Halloween.
Ottawa and the surrounding municipalities have several options with a variety of options throughout the fall.
ABBY HILL FARMS
1490 Bankfield Road, Ottawa, ON
ACORN CREEK GARDEN FARM
928 Oak Creek Rd, Carp, ON
AVONMORE BERRY FARM
16365 4 Rd, Avonmore, ON K0C 1C0
1480 County Road 32, Crysler, ON
CARP FARMER’S MARKET
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Road, Carp, ON
FALLOWFIELD TREE FARM
6100 Fallowfield Road
LOG CABIN ORCHARD
6121 Cabin Rd, Osgoode, ON
MAPLE HILL URBAN FARM
200 Moodie Drive, Ottawa, ON
MILLER’S FARM AND MARKET
6158 Rideau Valley Drive (south of Manotick)
ORLEANS FRUIT FARM
1399 St. Joseph Blvd.
PROULX SUGARBUSH & BERRY FARM
1865 O'Toole Road, Cumberland
PURPLE COW STRAWBERRY FARM
1439 Sale Barn Road, Greely, ON
7893 Bleeks Road (Munster)
SHOULDICE BERRY FARM
3451 Richmond Road & 2901 Woodroffe Avenue
VALLEYVIEW LITTLE ANIMAL FARM
4750 Fallowfield Road