Pingle’s Farm Market is located about a 50 minute drive, north-east of Toronto – in farm country of course! Prior to taking the kiddies out of school for an afternoon, I read some negative reviews about Pingle’s – mainly about high prices and jam-packed attractions, but a weekday visit proved to be an awesome time!
We arrived right about the time all the bus loads of school children were leaving, so aside from the odd family, we pretty much had the place to ourselves! We may have missed out on the weekend hay rides and pumpkin rocket, but the kids were able to run freely from ride-on tractors and bumpy tube slides to the big sandbox filled with construction vehicles. We played giant checkers, petted the most adorable little baby goats and all ran and jumped through the big bales of hay – which is more fun that I ever thought!
Apple Picking at Pingle’s Farm
There aren’t any animals at the farm aside from bunnies, chickens and goats – but there are several large apple orchards, Fall raspberries and a huge pumpkin patch. Since apple picking season is at its end, we had to improvise to get all the good, red apples way at the top of the trees by utilizing child labour – which was actually really fun for the little ones.
A 1/2 bushel bag of apples costs $25 which is quite pricey – but we really managed to get a lot of good apples in that bag!
We also picked raspberries, which is both time consuming and affordable – you pay for what you take.
Overall, we had a great time at Pingle’s. The weather was an incredible 18 degrees, perfect for playing outdoors for hours. We bought muffins and butter tarts in the bakery and all went home with pumpkins.
Pingle’s Farm Market
Location: 1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton ON
Hours: 8am – 6pm
Admission: $6 for everyone weekends / $4 weekdays
Activites like the corn maze, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting all additional costs