Fall harvest activities in and around Montréal

Mayssam Samaha

Fall is on Montreal’s doorstep, with its crisp light, shorter days and cooler temperatures. It’s time to stay goodbye to long and lazy summer days and get back to the more serious things in life like school, university or work. Fall, however, doesn’t have to be synonymous with a more humdrum season. In fact, if you ask us, it’s one of the most exciting seasons because of harvest. Dozens of fruit and vegetables mature in the early days of autumn and there’s nothing we love more than spending a day in the country picking our own produce to consume or conserve or hunting down the best spots to enjoy fall’s bounty in Montréal.

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The Great Pumpkin Ball

Espace pour la vie is hosting, from October 6 to 21, a Pumpkin Ball where young and old can learn all there is to know about the gourd family while admiring the 800 decorated squashes and pupmkins.

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To market!

If you don’t have the chance to get out of town this fall, just head to one of Montréal’s public markets for a visual feast this harvest season. Stalls stacked high with jeweled-toned tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, berries, pumpkins, apples, onions and more are a joy to admire and of course, taste. Check the markets’ website for seasonal activities.

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Labonté de la pomme

From apples and pears to pumpkins and plums, pick your own fruit and vegetables at this family-friendly farm. Labonté de la pomme is located in the beautiful Oka valley about 45 minutes from downtown Montreal. Several children activities, a wood burning oven and the possibility to book a guided tour for groups are some of the few options that make this farm a great choice for a day trip this fall.

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Cabane à pommes Domaine Labranche

Many orchards around Montréal are now offering the “apple sugar shack” concept initiated by Au pied de cochon’s sugar shack several years ago.  Domaine Labranche serves a gourmet harvest-inspired meal using their own products or those of the surrounding region for a real taste of terroir.

Sunflower fields forever

At Citrouilles et Tournesols, you can pick your own pumpkins and sunflowers. There are several activities on site, including a tasting of the farm’s very own microbrewery beers!

La fille du Roy

A 6-generation family farm in the Montérégie region, La fille du roy has a multitude of products for you to pick, from artichokes to ground cherries and a great variety of pumpkins and squashes. There are also many activities on the farm.

Cranberry picking

Photos of flooded bright cranberry fields against a limpid blue sky are some of the prettiest harvest images you’ll ever see. Quebec is one of the largest producers of the beloved red berry in the world and you can help harvest until about mid-October. Check out the Cranberry Interpretation Centre site to find a cranberry farm near you.

Cider and pizza Sundays

Cidrerie Cryo is firing up their apple wood burning pizza oven every Sunday until October 30th and cooking up some pies. Go for the apple picking and stay for a pizza picnic paired with some of their wonderful ciders.

 

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha, blogger

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.

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