Pick-your-own fruit and veggie farms in the GTA are strong June through August, with pick-your-own pumpkins and other gourds in fall. Strawberries and blueberries are the popular pickings in June and July, but you can also pick cherries and peas. Raspberries pop up in July along with sweet corn. Blueberries and raspberries are still available in August and it’s prime time for currants, peaches, peas, and green beans. Mid-month you might also find Ontario fall strawberries, and pear and apple picking begins in late August, weather-permitting.
Always call ahead to plan your visit, to be sure crops are ripe for picking. Check what’s in season with a handy what’s-in-season list from Harvest Ontario.
Andrews’ Scenic Acres
This family farm is dedicated entirely to pick-your-own, with 165 acres of fruit and vegetable crops. At Andrews’ Scenic Acres you can pick as early as May, beginning with rhubarb and asparagus, then moving on to strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, sweet corn, elderberries, and currants through the summer. Visit in late August for fall strawberries and in fall for pumpkins.
While you’re here, check out the farm market, animal corral, and free hayrides.
Milton, ON | 905-878-5807 | www.andrewsscenicacres.com
Brooks Farms has a good variety of crops, including summer strawberries and peas in June, summer raspberries, gooseberries, and red and black currants from July to mid-August, and from mid-August onward there are ever-bearing raspberries and strawberries, apples, squash, and pumpkins. There’s also a farm market, a bakery, and the amazing Barnyard Playland with farm animals, zip lines, a giant jumping pillow, pirate ship, train rides, bouncing ponies, corn maze in the fall, and more.
Albert, ON | 905-473-3246 | www.brooksfarms.com
Cherry Avenue Farms
For pick-your-own tree fruits, the 126-acre Cherry Avenue Farms is your best bet in the GTA. The season begins in early July with sweet cherries, followed by peaches, apricots, and sweet yellow plums in late July and pears and blue plums in late August. The farm has a small market and tractor rides.
Lincoln, ON | 905-562-5481 | www.cherryavenuefarms.org
Downey’s Farm Market
Downey’s Farm Market has pick-your-own strawberries in late June, raspberries in July, and apples in late August. Downey’s has play areas with mini-putt, a giant sandbox, and a wooden play train, plus a Kritter Korral with farm animals.
Brampton, ON | 905-838-2990 | www.downeysfarm.com
Get there quickly: the season for pick-your-own raspberries, red currants, and black currants ends in early August at Hutchinson Farm. They also grow hundreds of varieties of flowers and many types of common and exotic herbs. You can buy (ready-picked) fresh garlic beginning in mid-August.
Burlington, ON | 905-335-2515 | www.hutchinsonfarm.ca
Organics Family Farm
The small family-owned Organics Family Farm grows certified organic fruits and vegetables. The farm is open daily through summer. The farm’s organic farmer’s market sells bread baked on-site (Wednesday–Sunday), plus produce, naturally raised meat and other local organic products. Come back in fall for 20 varieties of apples…plus, caramel apples!
Markham, ON | 905-640-5206 | www.organicsfarm.ca
More than just a pick-your-own destination, Whittamore’s Farm is a veritable farm theme park for kids. The 220-acre fruit and vegetable farm is open daily for pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, green, snow, and sugar snap peas, green and yellow beans, beets, and potatoes. But it also has playhouses, a treehouse, tire swings, slides, mini pedal tractors, wagon rides, farm animals, inflatable bouncers, and more. Stop by the farm shop for much more produce, including fresh sweet corn, as well as homemade pies, Ontario maple syrup, and local eggs and cheese.
Markham, ON | 905-294-3275 | www.whittamoresfarm.com
It’s almost two hours east of Toronto, but if you love blueberries, Wilmot Orchards is the place for you. They have rows upon rows of blueberries in eight varieties, as well as a small shop with all things blueberry: ice cream, pie, tea, jam, and more. You can usually pick blueberries through Labour Day weekend.
Newcastle, ON | 905-987-5279 | www.wilmotblueberries.com
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