Pumpkin picking season is here! A favourite family activity this time of year is a visit to the pumpkin patch. Not only is it a great chance for the family to spend time together, but you get to be outside, explore a new place, see new things, and maybe even make some new friends.
There is usually lots to see and do at the pumpkin patch. There are pumpkins, gourds and squash of all shapes and sizes, there may be hay rides, mazes, learning opportunities, and maybe even a petting zoo.
If your family is planning a trip to the pumpkin patch here are some tips to help make it a successful day!

  • Call or check out the website of the patch you plan to visit before you go. You should find hours, pricing, activities and maps so you know what to expect.
  • Search for discounts or special offers. Some pumpkin patches offer reduced fees, special free days or online coupons.
  • Check the weather and make sure everyone dresses accordingly.
  • A lot of pumpkin patches and farms only accept cash so make sure you bring enough.
  • Pumpkin patches get pretty busy especially on weekends and as Halloween gets closer.
  • Make sure to bring a camera. There will most definitely be moments you will want to capture and keep forever!
  • Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. There is no doubt that being out in a crowded pumpkin patch with young children will be a bit overwhelming. Just remember to take your time and enjoy it.

Picking pumpkins is probably the main reason you are going to the pumpkin patch. Here are some things to consider before and during the pumpkin picking process:

  • If you are carving a pumpkin, choose a design beforehand. If you know what you are planning to carve into the pumpkin then you will have an idea of what shape or size you will need.
  • Check the skin of the pumpkin. The outside of the pumpkin should be firm, smooth and the same colour throughout. Try to avoid any pumpkins with dents, scratches, or signs of mold.
  • Set the pumpkin up to make sure it sits level.
  • If you are using your pumpkin for cooking or baking you will want to look for a smaller pumpkin. Smaller pumpkins are sweeter, they are usually 8-10 inches in diameter.
  • Also if you are using the pumpkin for cooking or baking you will want one that has ripened. To find out if the pumpkin is ripe or not, knock on the outside, it should sound hollow inside. If it is still on the vine, the vine should be dry and the stem should be hard and brown.

Check the link below for a listing of pumpkin patch locations in Ontario:

https://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/CAONpumpkins.php

 

 

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