(Pumpkins off Upper Dyer Road. Photo by Barry Gray.)
Sure, you can pick up a Halloween pumpkin for a few dollars at your favourite grocery store — but it’s more fun to head out to a farm or one of the big roadside stands that sell pumpkins. Usually you get a better selection, and some of them have special activities for kids too like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of some of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.
- Abby Hill Farms (Richmond)
Headquartered in Richmond with smaller satellite locations around the region. We always go to the one at Bankfield and Prince of Whales, just east of the 416. 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 our 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.
- Saunders Farm (Munster, south of Fallowfield Road)
Saunders Farm is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org