Picking apples, wearing wellies, family photos at the pumpkin patch… hot apple cider, fresh pumpkin pie… what’s not to love about autumn?

It’s truly my favourite time of the year. Weekends in October are meant to be outdoors, enjoying the cool crisp weather and taking in all the beautiful colours nature has to offer.

Make sure you take the family out to visit some of the best orchards, farms and pumpkin patches around. Our favourite orchard is closed this year due to frost this spring which ruined their apples.

Here are some of the best places to visit this fall around the Greater Toronto Area:

Organics Farm

Organics Farm is a certified organic pick your own apple orchard. There is also an on-site bakery and market where they sell baked goods, meat and other products from their farm.

19th Avenue Farm

Fresh vegetables are abundant… we bought bushels of tomatoes from this farm for the first time this year and the sauce came out so tasty and thick. Squash are abundant now – I made jars of butternut squash soup for the winter.

Forsythe Family Farms

Each weekend in October is Festival Time at Forsythe Family Farms at Major Mackenzie and Kennedy Road in Markham.  Enjoy two farmyard playgrounds with lots of room for the kids to run, a tricycle track, farm animals to visit, a hayloft to jump in and a tractor and train to play on. Great photo opps too for kids and the pumpkin patch.

Pine Farms Orchard

Pine Farms Orchard in King City offer apple picking, a café, tours and this perfect oversized Muskoka chair for photos. Apple picking was slim this fall but it’s still a great place to visit for the kids.

Country Apple Orchard Farms

It’s apple picking time at Country Apple Orchard Farm in King City although many varieties suffered because of the frost this past spring. Northern Spy apples are ready now – hopefully not all gone!

Brooks Farms

Brooks farms is located near Mount Albert, such a lovely drive from the city. They have pumpkin picking and hayrides for the kids and more.

Applewood Farm

Applewood Farm has been in the Passafiume family for over forty years. It began as one of the first pick your own strawberry and apple farms in Stouffville, Ontario. True to it’s name, Applewood Farm remains the most popular spot in the area to pick fresh strawberries, or spend a breezy afternoon picking apples.

Round the Bend Farm

Round the Bend Farm is a working family farm that sells seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, as well as naturally grown turkeys. Visit the farm yard and play in the straw maze, climb the straw mountain and explore the corn maze.

Apple Factory

Once you step foot inside the Apple Factory in Brampton, Ontario, you’ll immediately be hit by the lovely aroma of freshly baked pies from the oven.  They are famous for their fruit pies.  Of course apple is my favourite but they have a huge selection.  They also carry a bunch of jams, jellies, preserves, fudge, real ice cream, fresh bread, cookies, tarts and more.

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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  1. Dianne / Smilenwaven Reply

    Mmm… The Apple Factory! Haven’t been there in a while! Used to be a regular stop.

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