The coronavirus is re-writing the “contract” between the dining room and the customers at the tables, and, in response, Waterloo Region food operations large and small have focused on re-building that confidence.
For many, a visit to a corn maze or pumpkin patch is definitely a fall ‘To-Do’!
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 – Bright, ON
Although you need an advance ticket to access all of the attractions at Snyder’s Family Farm, there’s no ticket needed to visit their 14 acre Pumpkin Patch, open weekends 9am-6pm. Wander through the fields, and find a pumpkin that’s just perfect for your fall décor, or your Halloween Jack-o-lantern!
If you want to extend the fun, purchase a 2-hour Unlimited Attraction Visit ticket and enjoy all of the attractions at Snyder’s including the animal barnyard, jumping pillow, giant peddle cart track, and so much more! There’s also the new Campfire experience, which includes a private, socially distanced campfire space, and a hot dog and s’more roasting kit for 5 guest (you can purchase this in addition to your 2-hour ticket).
Open every day in October from 10 am-6pm (including Thanksgiving Monday)
Shantz Family Farm – Petersburg, ON
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
Benjamin Tree Farm – Waterloo, ON
Most people know Benjamin’s as the Christmas tree place. But, new this year, they’re also the Pumpkin place!
With over 15,000 square feet of playground space for the kids, 40+ local vendors offering handmade items and seasonal décor, and of course, lots of pumpkins — Benjamin Farm is looking forward to creating new fall memories for families around the region.
Herrles Country Farm Market – St. Agatha, ON
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 – Waterloo, ON
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.
This year, there are a few safety changes at Goods: you can find out about them here.
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 – Cambridge, ON
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 – Wellesley, ON
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-7 pm weekdays, 9 am-5 pm Saturdays and 10 am-5 pm Sundays.
Snyders Family Farm
Get ready to test your navigation skills, as you head through Snyder’s 5-acre physically-distanced 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!