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Three places to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins near Richmond. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A lot of Stittsville families will be heading out to find a pumpkin this weekend. Think about skipping the grocery store this year, and head to a local farm or roadside stand.

Not only is there usually a better selection, but some of them have special activities for kids, like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of a few of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.  (Send us your suggestions at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca) Continue reading


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Four things to do with your pumpkin, post-Halloween

1. Bring it to Stittsville’s 3rd annual Pumpkin Parade of course! Organizer Trevor Eggleton is expecting to have hundreds of creative jack-o-lanterns on display at Village Square Park from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Enter your own masterpiece to win a prize in one of three categories (child, teen and adult), or just come to marvel at all the creative designs.  Includes prizes from Tracy’s Art Studio, Pottery Playhouse, the Ottawa Senators’, Brown’s Your Independent Grocer, Saoirse Esthetics, The Glen Pub, and Covered Bridge Brewing, plus free hot chocolate and a visit from Mayor Watson.  Best of all, there will be compost bins on site so you won’t have to take your pumpkin home with you.

2. Feed it to the chickens. Rebecca Handbridge lives near Stittsville and uses pumpkins – whole or carved – as a supplement for her flock of chickens.  She’ll pick up whole or carved pumpkins, as well as compostable straw and ha bales that you may have left over from your Halloween decor.  She has 80 laying hens and says that she goes through a lot of pumpkins in the winter.
UPDATE: Handbridge says she’s been inundated with requests for pumpkin pick-ups from all over Ottawa. If you’d like to help feed her chickens, you can drop them off at the gate at 6619 Franktown Road.

3. Launch your pumpkin from a giant slingshot.  For $5/pumpkin ($20 for 5 pumpkins) you can launch your gourd to raise money for the Ottawa Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. It happens from 10am-2pm at 5740 Old Richmond Road near Fallowfield. More info here.

4. Compost it.  You can put your jack-o-lantern out with green bin on garbage day.


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Annual Pumpkin Parade tradition continues on November 1

(Above: Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.)

On November 1, Village Square Park will be home to what is becoming a familiar Stittsville tradition. Now in its third year, the Stittsville Pumpkin Parade continues to grow and has found a place in the community’s annual calendar.

Called a parade, it’s more of a show of Stittsville’s talent and spirit. Community members bring their jack o’lanterns to Village Square Park where they are filled with electric candles and put on display giving the park a beautiful and eerie feel. Continue reading


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Five places to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins near Richmond. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A lot of Stittsville families will be heading out to find a pumpkin this weekend. It’s a lot of fun to head out to a farm or one of the big roadside stands, plus you usually get a better selection than what you can find at grocery stores. S

Some of them have special activities for kids, like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of a few of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.

  • Abby Hill Farms (Richmond)
    Headquartered in Richmond with smaller satellite locations around the region. There’s one on Bankfield and Prince of Whales, just east of the 416, with  lots of pumpkins and some fun scarecrows too.
  • Creekside Gardens (Richmond)
    Creekside Gardens is a greenhouse, gift shop, and nursery centre located in Ottawa. With fifteen acres of land, they grow a lot of their own plants, including pumpkins.
  • Fallowfield Farm (just south of Stittsville)
    Lots of pumpkins, gourds, straw & hay bales, corn-stalks and more. You can also book a hay wagon ride for your family or group and head out into the fields to find a pumpkin.
  • Pazab Family Farm (Dwyer Hill Road)
    A very small roadside market, and no haunted hayrides here, but they do have fresh produce, eggs, meat and baked products.  This would make for a nice family drive.  Open Saturdays.
  • Saunders Farm (Munster, south of Fallowfield Road)
    Well-known for their annual Halloween attractions, but you can also find some good pumpkins — and there’s no admission to pay if you’re just browsing the pumpkin patch.

For more local pumpkin patches, check out OttawaStart’s Pumpkin Guide.


What are your favourite places to get a pumpkin?  Does your family have any notable Halloween traditions?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca