Every fall since moving to Ontario I heard about people going apple picking and wandering around pumpkin patches to pick their perfect pumpkin. It’s kind of like when I discovered that people here actually go to tree farms at Christmas time and chop down their own trees – it’s a real thing! Not just in the movies like I always thought…. who knew. But now that I know I am so ready to jump on board and start doing some of these traditions too!
So last week we met up with Matt’s cousin at Log Cabin Orchard about 25 minutes outside of Ottawa to see what this was all about. Instead of the crisp fall day we had expected (hello blanket scarves and all things plaid!) it turned out to be +27°C (80°F) and a super sunny day. So practicality won out and the scarves stayed home ;)
We wandered the orchard picking the in-season MacIntosh’s… okay so I did more of the bag holding and less of the actual picking because other people kept stealing the ladders and tree climbing isn’t advised at 36 weeks pregnant apparently.
Then we ventured over to the pumpkin patch searching for the perfect little pumpkins.
They also had a goat pen where you could go in and hang out with the goats, hayrides, an outdoor lunch spot serving apple smoked burgers and apple cider, and a cute little log cabin filled with bushels of pre-picked apples, pies, candy apples, and preserves. They also had adorable tiny pumpkins which I obviously had to get one of as well.
It was a perfect day and what I think should be the first of a new annual tradition!
Do you have any fall traditions that you have to do every year? Or a favorite memory of one of your childhood traditions? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!