Summer is winding down, and while most of us will miss the long sunny days, there is so much to love about the fall season. My favourite thing this time of year is that everything is crisp and crunchy! I’m thinking of the cooler air, fallen leaves underfoot, and apples freshly picked from the tree. Apple picking might just be the peak of crispy, crunchy fall fun, and visiting a pick-your-own farm to gather fresh apples and pumpkins is a quintessential outing here in Halton Region.
A popular pick-your-own destination in the Region is Andrew’s Scenic Acres in Halton Hills – an idyllic expanse of pick-your-own flowers, fruit, and vegetables. I recently made a trip to this beautiful farm for some end of summer blueberry and raspberry picking and to take a peak at what will be available in the fall. At the entrance to the farm, I picked up a basket to collect my berries and saw a sign suggesting that eating 1-3 berries during picking was OKAY, but any more than that was strongly discouraged. Confession: I opted to eat three…plus one that I accidentally squished.
While walking on the path leading to the raspberry bushes, eager to get those 1-3 berries in my mouth, I passed gigantic sunflowers swaying in the late afternoon breeze and heaps of other flowers colouring both sides of the path. I also walked by rows of sweet corn, lines of apple trees, and great big pumpkin patches. I stopped to inspect the apples for their crispiness potential and the pumpkins for future pie-filling abilities. They looked good, but since I actually know nothing about growing apples or pumpkins, we’ll have to trust the good folks at Andrews’ Scenic Acres (and Mother Nature).
I eventually made it out of the berry bushes with my little basket filled, my hands slightly stained raspberry red, and a bag full of fresh baked goodies from the farm store. You can plan your pick-your-own outing in Halton this fall with the Simply Local Guide to Halton Farms, where you’ll find a list of farms in the Region that offer pick-your-own and other fun activities. I recommend a wagon ride and a cup of hot apple cider to round out a day of crispy apple picking!
While I’m looking forward to another visit to the farm for those perfect apples and pumpkins, my next fun field trip is to Halton Harvest. At this annual Farm-to-Chef experience, some of the best chefs from Halton’s restaurants create culinary delights with fresh ingredients straight from local farmers. New this year, the event will take place in two different locations. On Thursday, September 22nd, Halton Harvest will be at the Toronto Premium outlets in Milton from 12pm to 3pm. Then again on Sunday, October 16th in Downtown Oakville from 1pm to 4pm. There will be food to eat as well as farm-fresh fruits and veggies to take home. Ticket purchasing details will be released on the website soon, but you can WIN one of four pairs of tickets, courtesy of Halton Region, by entering our September contest. Enter by Monday, September 12th to get your entry into the draw.
Enjoy the local harvest this coming season and celebrate fall in Halton!
By Michelle Malandra