Fall Means Farm Fun!
Ah, fall. It means shorter days, cooler, crisp weather and thoughts that turn to harvests and connecting with the land – despite this September’s last gasp of summer.
The changing of the seasons is a prime time to enjoy those events and activities that are inspired by autumn. Here are a few to tempt you.
Fall Rural Romp
A great chance to get up close to your food. This self-guided tour to Guelph and Southern Wellington County farms and markets lets you experience a day in the countryside, meet local farmers, eat, learn about food and experience agriculture’s bounty. At each location, you will find farmers and business owners who are passionate about bringing real taste and local food to you.
When: Saturday, Sept. 30
Where: Various locations
Information: https://www.tastereal.com/events-2/fall- rural-romp/
Farmtastic Family Fun
Snyder’s Farm west of Cambridge welcomes kids of all ages with 15 fun activities every weekend until the end of October. From hayrides to puppet shows and a petting zoo, a five-acre corn maze, pirate ship and straw castle, there are lots to keep you busy. Plus find plenty of treats to eat. General admission is $13.99.
When: Weekends until Oct. 29 (also open weekdays in October with reduced attractions)
Where: 936685 Blenheim Rd., Bright
Shantz Family Farm
What began as the informal selling of pumpkins has morphed into a destination for the family to enjoy. There are wagon rides, both a straw maze and a corn maze, farm animals, a snack shack and, of course, pumpkins and other produce at this farm located just outside Mannheim, between Kitchener and New Hamburg.
When: Daily until Nov. 1
Where: 1544 Bleams Rd., Wilmot
Strom’s Farm and Bakery turns the harvest into fun with activities for the whole family every weekend until the end of October. Three types of mazes, wagon rides, pedal carts, pumpkin chuckin’, puppet shows and foosball are just some of the things to do. Admission ranges from $12.50 to $14 (including tax).
When: Weekends until Oct. 29
Where: 5089 Wellington Rd. 32, Guelph
Head to the pumpkin patch or the fun zone deep in the heart of Mennonite country. Nauman’s displays over 5,000 pumpkins and grows thousands more with more than 20 varieties available. The activities area is open daily during pumpkin season at a small charge and offers a rope maze, straw mountain, giant tube slides, pumpkin slingshots or corn cannons and more.
When: Daily during pumpkin season
Where: 3250 Hessen Strasse R.R. #1, St. Clements
It’s not so much an event of the season, but it does take place in fall. Waterloo’s Culture Days celebrates arts and culture that fosters appreciation and support of the arts. It seeks to promote interaction between artists and the community. From big band performances to wand making, studio tours and a community picnic, events are varied and will take place over three days.
When: Sept. 29 to Oct. 1
Where: Various locations