Written By: Monday, October 3rd 2016

Photo courtesy of farmerspantry.com

Residents in Grey Bruce have a lot to be thankful for living in this area. Here are just a few ways to enjoy what we have over Thanksgiving weekend.

1. Hang out at the Apple Harvest Festival

The annual Apple Harvest Festival kicks off on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving long weekend and will feature live music, family fun zones and an opportunity to learn about the native species in the area. And of course, you can take a walk through the apple pie trail and pick some delicious apples

The event runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday with different events in the Blue Mountains, Thornbury, and Clarksburg. For more information on the schedule, click here

2. Pick out your pumpkins early for Halloween (or to make some yummy pie)

With only a few weeks left before Halloween, this weekend is a great chance to pick out a pumpkin. You can even pick up an extra one to make some delicious pie for Thanksgiving dinner.

You can start picking out your pumpkins at the Hi Berry Farm in Saugeen Shores. The farm has hundreds of pumpkins waiting to be picked up, carved, or turned into delicious pies.

Here’s a recipe to make pumpkin pie fresh from the patch!

3. Try out some of the great wineries and breweries across Grey Bruce.

Access to local breweries and wineries is hard to come by in most places, but not Grey Bruce. There are more than 15 locally owned and operated places where you can go out and try a taste. Lucky for us their is even a guide in place for those who want to hit up as many as possible. The Saints and Sinner tour takes you across Grey-Bruce to 17 different places that make wine, beer and cider, and you learn a little of the history of alcohol in the area. You can even win prizes if you collect enough passes on your passport, this is your last chance as the contest ends on October 9th.

4. Visit some of the local farmer`s markets or farm gates

Pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables or even maple syrup at a number of farmer’s markets or farms across Grey and Bruce County.

The Farmer’s Pantry turns picking up some fresh produce into a family adventure with with a wagon tour through the pumpkin patch, orchard mini-gold, mazes and an animal petting area as well!

The last weekend the Flesherton and area Farmer’s Market is open is this Thanksgiving weekend. Check out all the local farmers and vendors for the last time in 2016!

Finally, you can stop in on your way out or into Owen Sound at the Hill Farms Market on Highway 6 & 10 with their roadside stand filled with fresh fruit and vegetables.

5. Fill up a bag for the Annual Thanksgiving food drive

Salvation Army is back at it again this year with their 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The have a goal of 30,000lbs of food to feed 12,500 homes in Owen Sound this year. October 9th is the last day for the campaign so why not spend Thanksgiving weekend giving back.


You can grab a bag and fill it up with non-perishable food items, like canned beans, canned vegetables, pasta sauces and Kraft dinner.