Farm Fun

Not just for kids – local farms have created fun, educational and tasty ways for families to connect with agriculture.

You’ll find farm playgrounds, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and animal demonstration barns. Try out unique
activities, such as goat yoga, food workshops, and tours. Enjoy a BBQ lunch, a hot bowl of soup or a snack from the farm store.

Here are some of our favourite harvest and farm outings in Wellington County:

Farm Fun

Mapleton’s Organic Dairy

two kids petting calf

Always worth a stop – and not just because of the farm-made organic ice cream. Visit their animal demonstration barn and see a variety of farm animals including alpacas, ducks, chicken, pigs and more. Meet the dairy cows and calves, and see the friendly pygmy goats (return for goat yoga in next summer!). Adventure seekers can explore the tire mountain, barefoot path and cedar maze in their Farm Adventure Area. Take a family photo at their fall display or go on a wagon ride. Make sure to try some of the delicious fall ice cream flavours or home-made foods in the on-farm café.

www.mapletonsorganic.ca

Hours: Open daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (until October 31).
Dairy Barn and Demonstration Barn: by donation
Adventure Area admission: $5.00 plus HST per person, children under 2 are free. 
Wagon Rides: Weekends only (including Thanksgiving Monday): 11:00 am - 2:00pm

Strom’s Farm and Bakery

Farmhouse surrounded by hundreds of pumpkins

Strom’s Farm corn mazes are legendary – they have been raising money for local charities since 2002. The corn maze (over 6km of trails) is part of a huge Harvest Fun Area which features a wide variety of activities for all ages – tile, rope and straw mazes, wagon rides, pedal carts, cedar spiral, sand pit, and human foosball. On weekends you can also enjoy pumpkin chuckin', wagon rides and puppet shows, as well as 'Eats and Embers' fire pits and snacks. Any visit to Strom’s farm isn’t complete without picking out your perfect pumpkin the thousands laid out in their front yard or browsing their bakery and farm market for the perfect fall treats.

www.strom.ca

Market and Bakery: Open Wednesday-Sunday (and Holiday Mondays) 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (until October 31).
Harvest Fun Area (Reservations required)
Weekend (and Thanksgiving Monday) admission: $15.50 plus HST (ages 3 and up)
Weekday admission: $9.50 plus HST (ages 3 and up)

Open weekends September 22 – October 31

Sunflowers of Elora at The Fieldstone Barnsunflowers in a field

Famous for their Sunflower Fields (Season closed at the end of September), this small farm located walking distance from Elora offers 4 different corn mazes in our one field for everyone to come and enjoy. Test your directional skills and see if you can solve all of them!

www.thefieldstonebarn.com/contact

Open September (weather permitting)
Admission – $5.00 for kids and $10.00 for adults

Thatcher FarmsChildren playing on Cow painting

Always worth a visit, Thatcher Farms offers a number of great farm experiences throughout the year. Strawberries (June/July), Sunflower fields (August/September), and harvest time activities. This year, you are invited to pick your own pumpkins on their pumpkin patch and explore their 6 acre corn maze. Wagon rides and special activities (such as apple cider pressing) available on select dates.

www.thatcher-farms.com

Open for Fall Activities: 10:00am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturdays
Admission $10.00 per person plus HST
Family bundles available on select dates.

 

Wellington Country Marketplace

kid petting horse through gate

A third generation butcher shop formerly known as Maziarz Meats. We feature an assortment of fresh ontario Tender Beef, pork, Chicken and Turkey, Baked Goods, preserves, Maple Syrup and Honey, Assorted Cheeses, Seasonal Fruits and vegetables. The marketplace features a newly expanded playground to entertain while you do your shopping. Bring the kids to visit up close and personal some great furry friends. You can pet our miniature donkeys, ponies, and other fun friends all while shopping for some of the best local produce and meats.

www.wcmarketplace.ca

Hours: Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

 

Festivals and Events

For even more Fall events see our events calendar.

Fall Rural Romp - September 25 to October 31
Discover fall foods and in-person and virtual farm and food experiences in Wellington County and Guelph.
More information.

 

Fall Fairs

  • Drayton Summer FairFerris wheel and midway rides
  • Mount Forest Agricultural Society Annual Fall Fair
  • Palmerston Fair
  • Arthur Agricultural Society Fall Fair
  • Aberfoyle Fall Fair and Tractor Pull
  • Fergus Fall Fair
  • Harriston-Minto Fall Fair
  • Erin Fall Fair

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