At once fluffy and crispy and sweet and savoury, the humble doughnut has made significant strides in Waterloo Region as a delectable and artisanal treat – but one which has never lost its delicious sense of humour and food fun!
For many, a visit to a corn maze or pumpkin patch is definitely on their fall ‘To-Do’ list!
Wondering where to find them as you #ExploreWR? Take a look at the list below (and, let us know of any others in the region by tagging us on social media – we’ll add them to the list!)
Snyder’s Family Farm
There’s an entire day of fun waiting for you at Snyder’s Family Farm. Grab a little red wagon and get ready to find the perfect pumpkin in their 5-acre pumpkin patch. Once you’ve made your decision, take in the 16 other attractions that are waiting for you at the farm – everything from Straw Mountain to the Snyder Tree Fort. Don’t forget to stop by the Autumn Grill or The Bakery for a farm-fresh treat too!
Open every day in October from 10 am-6pm (including Thanksgiving Monday)
Shantz Family Farm
What started out as a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins for their children to sell at the roadside has turned into a fall destination for many local families, schools, and groups! Not only can you pick the perfect pumpkin here, but there’s also an assortment of gourds, squash, straw bales and corn for fall decorating.
Open daily until November 1st from 8 am-8 pm, Sundays 12-6 pm
Open Thanksgiving Monday from 8 am-6 pm
With thousands of pumpkins on display, and acres more for you to choose from—Nauman’s has got Pumpkins Galore!
Nauman’s Farm grows more than 20 different varieties of pumpkins—tall, fat, skinny, bumpy, gnarly, and even pumpkins in many different colours, including red, green, white, blue and beige. And yes – they have traditional orange pumpkins too!
Open Monday to Friday 9 am-6 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm
Herrles Country Farm Market
Although Herrles is probably best known for their strawberries and corn, they also grow 225 acres of other vegetable and fruit crops – including lots of pumpkins!
Big, little, decorative or pie pumpkins – Herrles has them all! While you’re there, you can also fill up your cart with an assortment of fall fruits and vegetables, not to mention some fresh from the oven treats from their bakery!
Open Monday to Friday 8 am-7 pm; Saturday 8 am-6 pm; Sunday 9 am-6 pm
Good Family Farm Pumpkins
What started as a small, family roadside stand in 1994 has grown into a busy fall harvest farm! At Good Family Farm they grow 26 varieties of squash, 21 varieties of pumpkins and 10 varieties of gourds to satisfy the many diverse tastes and decorating needs of their customers.
Open 9:00 am-7:00 pm Monday to Saturday, and 9:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday until October 31st
TJ’s Farm Fresh
When it comes to pumpkins, TJ’s offers every shape, size and colour imaginable! They also have gourds, mums, straw and hay bales for fall decorating.
TJ’s Farm Fresh
Fall Harvest Farm
Everywhere you look at Fall Harvest Farm, the ground and farm wagons are full of pumpkins of all different shapes and sizes! There are also gourds, squash and lots of other fall decorating items. They also have a new produce building, where you can pick up decor, jams, maple syrup, honey and much more.
Open 10 am-6:30 pm weekdays and 9:30 am-6:30 pm on weekends until October 31st.
Snyders Family Farm and Fear Farm
Get ready to test your navigation skills, as you head through Snyder’s 5-acre corn maze! You can also take in all of the other activities at the farm when you’re done – it’s lots of fun for the entire family!
HOWEVER, when the sun goes down…That’s when Snyder’s Family Farm turns into Fear Farm, and the corn maze becomes The Stalking Dead maze! You never know what you’ll find wandering through the pitch-black cornfield, so keep your wits about you, and whatever you do, don’t get lost!
Shantz Family Farm
Each year, the Shantz family creates a one-of-a-kind corn maze, designed to incorporate news stories, and things that are happening in their family. This year the corn maze is a salute to the Toronto Raptor’s NBA championship, as well as a family wedding that happened on the farm!
They have also created a fun, kid-sized Straw Maze complete with play equipment for younger kids to enjoy – perfect for the preschoolers.
Nauman’s Corn Maze
The Nauman’s Corn Maze winds over approximately 10 acres, and you’ll be amazed at the twists and winds—of course, you may choose a dead-end, and have to retrace your tracks! Small children must be accompanied by an adult. No smoking, pets, or food in the maze, please.