Get picking! Time to head to the bountiful Niagara Region of Ontario to pick your own fruits and vegetables in the midst of harvest season! - by guest blogger Leah Morrison Whether you want to pick your own berries in July, tomatoes in August, corn in September or apples in October, this list of our favourite pick-your-own farms will help you enjoy the best of the harvest season.
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)Cherry Avenue Farms. Cherries. Season is June-September. Located in Lincoln, ON, in the Niagara Peninsula. Highlight: The farm offers tractor rides and is equipped with plenty of picnic tables for family lunches. Visit Cherry Avenue Farms. Rod Wright and Girls Strawberry Farm. Strawberries. Season is from mid-June until mid-July, weather dependent. Located in Fenwick, ON. Highlight: The Wrights also raise cows on their farm, a great source of entertainment for children. Visit Rod Wright and Girls Strawberry Farm.. Silmaril Farms. Apples. Season is September-October. Located in Grimsby, ON. Highlight: The Fleece and FibreFest occurs each spring with shearing demonstrations, a marketplace, and a petting area. Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm. Pumpkins. Growing season is October. Located in Sherkston, ON. Highlight: The farm offers a six acre corn maze for the family to adventure through while visiting. Visit Silmaril Farms.
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)Windwood Farms. Plums and pears. Seasons are July-August (plums) and September-October (pears). Located in Beamsville, ON. Highlight: Orlopp Bronze turkeys roam around the farm, providing great photo opportunities (they are available for purchase). Visit Windwood Farms. Mathias Farm. Mulberries and raspberries. Growing season is late June until late October. Located in Ridgeville, ON. Highlight: Families are welcome to bring as many containers as they want to fill with produce – this means hours of fun family bonding. Visit Mathias Farm. Bry-Anne Farms. Tomatoes and sweet corn. Growing season is from June-October. Located in Fenwick, ON. Highlight: During October the farm becomes the Great Pumpkin Patch, with hayrides and the Pumpkin Discovery Centre. Visit Bry-Anne Farms.
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)Parkway Orchards. Nectarines and grapes. Growing season is September nectarines) and October (grapes). Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Highlight: A large gift shop is onsite and the farm sells a wide selection of ice cream for the family to enjoy. Visit Parkway Orchards. Berry Patch Farm. Red and black currants. Growing season is July-August. Located in Jordan, ON. Highlight: The farm offers multiple varieties of berries, so families can work together and pick a the ingredients for a creative berry salad. Visit Berry Patch Farm. Bridgman’s Farm. Peaches. Growing season is July-September. Located in Winona, ON. Highlight: The farm is over 200 years old and has a rich history that the staff will gladly tell you about. Visit Bridgman’s Farm. What are some of your favourite pick-your-own farms? Share with your fellow readers!