This is it! The temperature is dropping, the leaves are starting to turn gorgeous colours, and apple picking season has officially begun! Fall is such an amazing time and we are lucky to have so many fall fairs and markets around Durham, Ontario. As a fall fair and market junkie, here are a collection of my favourite things to do.
We make a point to visit Knox Pumpkin farm every fall – it’s the perfect spot to bring your kids to pick our your perfect pumpkin. Easily accessible just north on Enfield Rd it’s also just a quick exit off the 407 if you’re coming from further afar. Knox Farm has a large barn with plenty of animals, tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides ($$), delicious food, and a haunted witch’s house. It’s also just a beautiful location with many photo ops. You do need to book your ticket in advance but this is a fall market in Durham you don’t want to miss!
Linton’s Farm Market is another fall market in Durham you don’t want to miss. This is another beautiful spot to pick your own pumpkin (or strawberries, depending on the season). Located just north of Oshawa on Raglan Road, it feels as if you’re in the middle of the country. The kids will love the large play area which has a nostalgic feel to it. There is a cost for the play area but it is definitely worth it (and check out the times of the pumpkin canon throughout October). Finally, it’s fully a market so stock up on local produce and canned goods while you’re there.
While we have tended to stay away from this one in recent years, Pingle’s Harvest festival has grown into one of the largest fall markets in Durham region. Pingle’s Harvest Festival includes a play area, pick your own pumpkins, giant corn maze (I hyperventilate just thinking about it), as well as a fall inspired menu, drink options, and live music throughout the fall season. A little pricier than the other options listed but if you want to scratch something off your fall market bucket list, definitely consider Pingles.
One of the newer fall markets in Durham is 1840 Farmhouse and Vineyard. Located just north of Orono at the highway 115/407 interchange, this new vineyard hosts movie nights for the family, a beautiful walk through the vines with many cute photo set-ups, and pretty delicious food vendors each weekend. There is also a small kid’s play area, chickens, horses, and a resident Bermese named Daisy (and they’re pet-friendly so bring your whole fam).
Do you have a favourite fall market? Reach out and let me know! And while you’re at it, this is your gentle nudge to remember to book your fall photos – even at one of these gorgeous locations!