Looking for a fun way to spend a fall afternoon? A harvest time trip isn’t just fun for kids. Round up your favourite foodie friends and head to Hamilton Halton Brant for a grown-up farm frolic. Here are some best bets you’re all sure to love.
The Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is a scenic driving route that makes it easier than ever to savour over 20 of Halton’s best local food, farm and fall experiences. Time your visit with one of the themed events, or explore on your own schedule at participating farm markets, restaurants, specialty retail shops and attractions. Purchase your fall Mums and decorative cabbages at DG Greenhouses, enjoy locally sourced ingredients (including a signature pumpkin dish) at Latitude Food and Drink in Georgetown, and stock up on all your favourite fall squashes at Marshall’s Real Farmer’s Market.
Picking your own apples is a perfect way to get out and enjoy a crisp fall morning. Choose from over 20 varieties at Brantview Apples and Cider in St. George, including Gala, Cortland, Spartan, Honeycrisp, Russet, Mutsu, Northern Spy and Golden Delicious. The farm also makes delicious non-alcoholic ciders and apple preserves. In addition to apple picking, Orchard Home Farm, also in St. George, offers pear picking and a variety of other items available for sale like honey, maple syrup, sparkling cider and fresh apple pies from their onsite bakery.
If you’d prefer an apple experience that involves a little less labour, plan a trip to the St. George Applefest when the locals in this agricultural community gather to celebrate all things apple with baking, crafts, entertainment and more.
Fans of fruit wines and spectacular Niagara Escarpment views should definitely plan a visit to Milton’s Andrews’ Winery. Sample off dry varieties like Black Raspberry Noir and Strawberry Fields, dessert wines like Black Current Truffle and Blueberry Bouquet, as well as grape wines including Baco Noir, Rosé and Marechal Foch.
At the end of a beautiful winding road up the Niagara Escarpment you’ll find Ridge Road Estate Winery in Stoney Creek. The winery offers beautiful Bruce Trail views and a lovely tasting room and patio with complimentary wine tastings. Be sure to try their new Rosé, which is made from 100% Gamay Noir.
Puddicombe Estate Winery offers a variety of estate tours for groups visiting the winery. Their one-hour Winemaker’s Special Tasting includes three gourmet appetizers paired with two of their award-winning wines, one award-winning cider and a decadent dessert paired with a dessert wine in their private tasting room, Or get some fresh air on their Train and Tasting experience, which offers a scenic 30-minute train ride around the 100-acre estate followed by a private tasting of two wines and a cider.