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. 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 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (until October 31).
Adventure Area admission: $5.00 plus HST per person, family rate of $20.00 plus HST. 

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. Th 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, human foosball and puppet shows just to name a few. 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 admission: $14.00 plus HST (Ages 4 and up). Open weekends September 21 – October 27

Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop, Bakery and Farm Market

people getting on a hay wagon attached to a tractor

Wellington’s newest Fall Farm Fun destination. In addition to a fantastic butcher shop, bakery and farm store, Thatcher Farms has revamped their Fun Farm Yard with lots of new and exciting attractions including: bale jump, giant farm slide, corn box, giant jumping pad, pedal cart demonstration, bee hive, farm animals, wagon rides and more. The 6 acre corn maze provides you with plenty of opportunity to get lost (and un-lost), and you can pick your own pumpkin right from the pumpkin patch.

www.thatcher-farms.com

Farm Market Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fun Farm Yard admission (includes maze): $12.00 per person and $6.00 per person for season's pass holders. Open daily 11:00 am – 4:00 pm until October 29

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.

Carrot Stock at Everdale Farm, Hillsburgh – September 21
Music and food festival raising funds for The Seed’s Good Food Project.
More information and tickets

Rural Romp - September 28
Self-guided Food and Farm Tour exploring 22 locations in Southern Wellington County and Guelph.
More information.

Farm to Fork Experience at 4th Line Cattle Co., Hillsburgh – October 4
Alfresco farm dinner features a menu utilizing all local in-season harvest vegetables and meats from local farms.
More information and tickets

Harvest Home Festival, Wellington County Museum and Archives, Aboyne – September 29
A celebration of Wellington County's rural heritage, featuring a wide variety of demonstrations (threshing, sheep sheering, spinning), food workshops, antique tractor show, children’s activities, live entertainment, local foods as well as a renovated historic 1877 barn.
Learn more.

Fall Fairs

Celebrate Fall at some of Wellington County’s excellent Fall Fairs! More information.

  • Drayton Summer Fair: August 9 – 11Ferris wheel and midway rides
  • Mount Forest Agricultural Society Annual Fall Fair: August 17
  • Palmerston Fair: August 23 - 25
  • Arthur Agricultural Society Fall Fair: September 5 - 8
  • Aberfoyle Fall Fair and Tractor Pull: September 6 - 7
  • Fergus Fall Fair: September 13 - 15
  • Harriston-Minto Fall Fair: September 13 – 15
  • Erin Fall Fair: October 10 – 14

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