I grew up in a single-parent household. My mother was (and still is) one of the most hard-working people I have ever met. She struggled day in and day out to provide for my sister and I, to ensure there was food on the table and a roof over our heads. We didn’t get a lot of the same privileges my peers would get. I can remember going to school on a Monday morning, or after summer break, and hearing tales of what my peers got up to. Be it escapes to the cottage or camp, or even day trips on fun-filled excursions, and feeling a pang of resentment and jealousy.
Now that I’m (many, many) years older – I can fully grasp just how difficult it must have been for my mother. Struggling to get by, with little to no outside help…wishing that she could do just a little bit more. Mommy (yes, I still call my mother Mommy – she’s even saved in my phone contacts as such) – if you’re reading this – THANK YOU. Thank you for always being there and doing the absolute best you can. I think my sister and I turned out pretty darn great, if I do say so myself!
That being said, while I may not have any kids of my own (as of yet), I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with some amazing opportunities. And when such fun and exciting family-orientated opportunities come my way, I try to involve my nieces as often as possible.
I brought my sister and nieces out for a fun-filled day on at Chudleigh’s Farm full of delicious foods, apple picking, hay rides, alpacas, and so much more!
But – did I mention the alpacas?!
Chudleigh’s Farm was first opened to the public in 1967. In the beginning, it was a place where families could pick their own apples and savour a few hours of country life. Since then, visiting the farm has become and annual ritual for generations of kids and kids at heart throughout the region around our Milton, Ontario home. And it’s a fun way to learn more about how food is grown.
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You can still pick apples here during the harvest season, and there’s no better way to lose yourself in nature and get close to where our food comes from. But today, there’s enough to do at Chudleigh’s Farm to fill a whole day with happy memories.
Insiders tip: Thanksgiving weekend is one of, if not their busiest weekends…you’ve been warned!
Where: 9528 Halton Regional Road 25, Milton, ON L9T 2X7
When: September 2 – October 31, OPEN EVERYDAY 10am – 5pm
Disclosure: Our day at Chudleigh’s Farm was complimentary, but as usual – my opinions are always my own and I’m already planning a pumpkin picking date with my babe!