Picking the perfect pumpkin depends on how you plan to use it. Choose an evenly colored, deep orange one for carving or showing off. The smaller type grown for eating provides the sweeter seeds and flavor perfect for baking. Farms in southern Ontario, Canada, furnish plenty of bright-orange pumpkins, ripe for picking in the fall.
Hutchinson Farm (Hutchinsonfarm.ca) in Burlington, Ontario, furnishes pumpkins, winter squash and other vegetables. The farm sells only produce grown in the greenhouses or on the farm. Hutchinson, family-owned and operated and nestled in the Niagara Escarpment, doesn't have shows, displays or a gift shop.
Carluke Orchards (Carlukeorchards.ca) provide pumpkins for picking. Located in Ancaster, customers can pick the orange fruit and apples in October. Open year-round, the orchards offer yearly specials and list special events on the website.
Lindley's Farm & Market
Lindley's Farm & Market (Lindleyfarm.com) features a corn maze, offers school tours and puts on a fall festival. Located between Hamilton and Brandtford, Ontario, Lindleys also offers hay rides on the weekends to complement the picking. The farm features over 50,000 pumpkins to choose from.
Murphy's Country Produce
Murphy's Country Produce (Murphyscountryproduce.com) furnishes pumpkins ripe for picking. Located in Binbrook, Ontario, Murphy's recommends calling before you make the trip to get the up-to-date crop report.
Parkside Farms (Parksidefarms.com), located in Waterdown, Ontario, lets consumers pick their orange fruit and sweet corn during the fall. Every weekend in October, the farm offers wagon tours, showing off its monster pumpkin and storybook forest. Parkside also provides school tours by request as well as pies and other baked goods from local farmers.
Richardson's Corn Maze
Customers can pick at Richardson's Corn Maze and Farm Market (Richardsonsfarm.com), located in Dunnville. The pumpkin patch also has sweet corn, sweet potatoes and winter squash. Guests can also enjoy the gift shop, picnic area and refreshment stand.
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