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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Fresh Autumn Fare

Thanksgiving is around the corner and it’s all about being thankful for another year’s harvest and sharing it with family and friends. Now is an ideal time to remind your audience how OFFMA’s Find a Farm locator can help them find the farm that’s fit for their autumn adventure, whether it’s visiting a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin, taking a stroll through the orchards to admire the kaleidoscope of colours shimmering in the trees or buying fresh fall produce for the Thanksgiving feast.

Story ideas to celebrate fall’s bounty

The Perfect Pumpkin: Whether for decorating or baking a delicious pie, there’s a perfect pumpkin for everyone. Inform your audience about which pumpkins are best for decorating and which ones make the best pumpkin pie. For the time-pressed this season, several on-farm markets such as Whittamore’s Farm in east Markham also offer pre-carved pumpkins! Whittamore’s is also planning a spooky Halloween celebration on October 30. Remind your audience how the Find a Farm locator can help them map out their Halloween adventure.

Cranberries: Cranberries were once mostly associated with the holidays, but in the last decade or so they have become increasingly versatile and are available fresh, dried, canned and frozen. Share recipe ideas, selection, cooking and storage ideas for these healthy berries, which add a tart, tangy burst of flavour to baking, sauces, snacks and beverages. To learn more about Ontario’s cranberry production, consider an interview with Muskoka-based Johnston’s Cranberries, one of the largest cranberry producers in the province. Johnston’s Cranberries is also home to the award-winning Muskoka Lakes Winery, whose cranberry wine is excellent served with turkey.

Turkey 101: During this season of appreciation, turkey often takes centre stage on our dining tables. Consider sharing with your audience turkey tips and tidbits about this tasty bird, along with mouth-watering recipes to help make Thanksgiving entertaining stress-free.

Farms with a Twist

Aside from the apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, there are many unique farms in Ontario waiting to be explored.

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Caledon is an intimate family-run cidery estate, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this fall. Tom Wilson and Nicole Judge, who opened the upscale artisan cider mill, farm market and wood-fired oven bakery in September 2009, run the first winery production facility to use straw bale construction methods in Ontario. Their eco-friendly spirit is further exemplified in their on-farm market, which is heated geothermally. The use of integrated pest control methods reduces the need for chemicals and a ground cove of legumes and wild flowers aids in pollination and enriches the soil. It’s no surprise that the cidery recently won “Caledon’s Environmentalist of the Year” award and the “Regional Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.”

To learn more about Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, please contact us and we’ll gladly set up an interview with Tom Wilson and/or Nicole Judge.

What’s in Season?

Month What’s in Season
September Apples, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant garlic, grapes, lettuce, melons, nectarines, onions, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, squash, tomatoes
October Apples, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, cranberries, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, grapes, lettuce, onions, pears, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, squash, tomatoes
November Apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, radishes, squash

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