Fall in Love with Autumn
There is truly nothing like the nostalgia of the fall season. The flavored lattes, the warm knits, and the slight nip in the air that makes summer feel like a distant memory. We are ready to enjoy some loveable fall activities in Ottawa while the leaves last! Here are some ideas of how to have a great October here in our beautiful city.
Apple picking is a true, classic fall activity. It's so enjoyable to take a scenic drive as the leaves change colour to the orchard with friends or family. Picking the best apples you can find is a fun challenge. You are sure to have some laughs trying to reach the top of the tree with your pals. The best part of apple picking is bringing the apples home to create some homemade apple treats! If you plan on baking, the best apples for fall recipes are the gala, honey gold, granny smith, and cortland. It's important to check the apple orchards website before you arrive if you are looking for a specific apple, as the trees for picking are chosen daily. Ottawa is home to many great local spots to pick from this season. Here are a few to try out!
Location: 10175 Clark Rd, Mountain, ON, K0E 1S0
Hours: Weekdays 10-6 pm, Weekends 9-5 pm
Apple Stock Orchard
Location: 1341 Merkley Road, Winchester, ON, K0C 2K0
Hours: Wednesdays 10 am - 10 pm
Location: 1480 Country Road 32 Crysler, ON, K0A 1R0
Hours: 10-5 pm
Homemade Apple Butter
Try this great slow cooker apple butter recipe this season! Apple butter will give your breakfast the hint of fall you're looking for. Add it to your morning oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, or toast! Or perhaps get creative and add it to homemade baked goods, like tarts or squares. “Allrecipes” is home to this must-try season favourite.
Cooking and Baking Pumpkins
A great part of the fall season is taking a trip to a local farmers market to check out all of the seasonal produce and artisanal products. Perhaps you’ve been able to admire the many different types of pumpkins in unique shapes and colours. Have you wondered, what are these pumpkins used for? Are they only decoration? Or, can they be a part of my fall recipes? Here is a list of the different types of pumpkins and their uses for our kitchens this season.
Sweet and Savoury
Great for Pies and Soups
Savory Pumpkin Dishes
Cinderella Pumpkin, Kabocha, Butterkin
For all your fall treats
Long Island Cheese,
Blue Doll and Porcelain Doll,
Flat White Boer Ford
Are you ready to decorate for fall? Or have some fall-themed fun? Find your perfect pumpkins close to home at one of these pumpkin picking locations. These local businesses have many fall-themed activities to take part in, and products to enjoy with the whole family! Immerse yourself in a festival! Warm-up by a bonfire while you enjoy a seasonal treat. Try to escape a wild maze, visit farm animals or take a fun hayride! Lastly, bring home some local fresh produce, pumpkins, apples, or products from the gift shops.
Location: 6121 Cabin Rd, Osgoode, ON K0A 2W0
Hours: Week Days 10-4 pm Weekends 9-6 pm
Location: 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa, ON K0A 3P0
Open: Fri, Sat, Sun
Hours differ by day
Location: 6158 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON
Hours: 8-5 pm
Savory Pumpkin Spaghetti
“Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale” By "Pinch of Yum!" When I think about pumpkin season my mind goes to pumpkin pie in a second. But why don’t we rethink the norm of pumpkin cooking, lets make it savory and delectable! "Pinch of Yum" has done just that. Here is a cozy and comforting pumpkin dinner recipe everyone is sure to enjoy.
We hope that you enjoyed these festive events in Ottawa this fall season. We would love to stay in touch! Reach out and let us know how you love spending your fall by leaving us a comment. The Jean Richer Team is here to help you find a great home in beautiful Ottawa. Visit our website to learn more!