Family Fun, Farm animals, Fruit picking, Farm Play area – these are just some of the fun activities that Downeys Farm offers for families. Downeys Farm Market is open to the public in addition to hosting birthday parties, school tours and camp field trips. Downey’s hosts many major Festivals throughout the year including EasterFest, Strawberry Festival, Pumpkin Fest and Lunch with Santa to celebrate all the major holidays and growing seasons! Downeys Farm specializes in family fun, creating memories and local produce and products! Downey’s offers many different activities: fruit picking strawberries/raspberries/apples, brand new corn maze adventure, farmyard play area, visit the winery or market for goodies to take home. Thumper and I have enjoyed fruit picking at Downey’s farm in Brampton each season, so much so that we bought a Season Pass for the 2019 Season. The Downey’s Farm Bakery is always serving fresh baked bread, delicious pies, and tasty treats, and Downey’s Farmers Market also sells fresh produce. The signature pumpkin doughnuts are made daily and are the perfect treat for Thanksgiving or any other family event. Downey’s farm is the perfect place to escape to for a full day of outdoor fun for all ages!
Downeys Farm Address
Support your local growers located right in our own backyard as Downey’s is located on the Brampton/Caledon border: For directions click here. 13682 Heart Lake Road Brampton, Ontario L7C 2J5.
When is Downeys Farm Open? What is the Cost of Admission to Downey’s Farm?
Downey’s Farmyard Play Area is open daily from May 4th until October 31st, and admission ranges from about $10 (weekdays) and $15 (weekends), and children under 2 are FREE! Downey’s market is open 9-5pm daily and the play area is 10-5pm daily. This is only one of the Local Brampton Activities that we have experienced that is fun for kids!
Fun Things to do at Downeys Farm in Brampton
Apple season begins around August 25th – Runs to End of November. Downey’s farm grows 13 different varieties of apples for picking. You can either stop in and pick your own apples, or visit the market and choose some pre picked apples. Thumper and I had a great time picking apples last week, we picked Mcintosh and Gala apples… and plan to make some baby food with it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOWNEYS FARM MARKET:
Apple Picking Takes Place End of August to November.
Hours: Downeys Farm is open every day of the week during the season but do have different hours for each day. Open daily 10am to 5:30pm
Bags: Complimentary plastic and reusable cloth bags will be provided upon arrival. All bags are heavy-duty and will hold approximately 8 kg (20 lbs) of your choice of apples.
Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee to enter the orchard, however, we do ask that a minimum of $5.00 of apples be picked per person. If the minimum per person is not picked the difference will be charged at checkout.
Pick-Your-Own Price: Fill your bag to the top and it’s yours for $29. If you don’t quite make it to full then it’s $1.70/lb. Bring the bag back for future picks and save $1.00
Types of Apples: Ginger gold, Mcintosh, Cortland, Gala, Honey Crisp, Empire and many more… check the apple harvest schedule to know what variety is currently available.
Can I bring a stroller into the orchard? Yes strollers are allowed in the orchard, and they also provide wagons if you prefer. I choose to baby wear and have hands free to pick the apples.
Can I take a stroller on the wagon ride? No you can’t unfortunately.
Checkout these awesome apple recipes
Thumper and I checked out the strawberry picking in June and had a blast even though it was disgustingly hot day. I used by baby carrier and carried her through the field to pick and full basket, I enjoyed eating some of them that day but since Thumper wasn’t eating solids yet at that point I froze a bag in the freezer which she recently tried and loved, makes me wish I had picked more.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Strawberry Picking Season takes place in June, followed by Raspberry Picking Season in July.
Hours: Downeys Farm is open every day of the week during the season but do have different hours for each day. STRAWBERRIES: Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
RASPBERRIES: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00am – 3:30pm
Bags: For picking containers for strawberries or raspberries, Downeys will provide clean fruit baskets for picking. Please note, we do not allow picking into bags.
Entrance Fee: The Raspberry minimum Picking Fee is $5.00 per person and For Strawberry Picking, a minimum Picking Fee of $6.00 per person is charged before entering the patch. This picking fee is taken off the price of raspberries and strawberries when you cash out.
Strawberries: 2 litre basket $12, 4 litre basket $24, and 6 litre basket $36. You must purchase a minimum of $6.00.
Raspberries: 1 quart basket for $7.50, and 2 quart basket for $15. You must purchase a minimum of $7.50.
Downey’s Farm has two strawberry fields: one located at Downey’s Farm Market and one across the street at Downey’s Strawberry & Apple Farm. Watch for directional signs when entering the farm to let you know which field is open.
Checkout these super strawberry recipes:
Corn Maze at Downeys’ Farm Market
Brand New August 2018, Downey’s is celebrating their 25th anniversary and has created a corn maze to represent the 25 years in operation. The corn maze is included in admission and is 10km of twist and trails. Games to play in the maze: (Descriptions taken from Downey’s website)
- Farm Tracks Game
One of the Farm Animals stole Farmer Joe’s pie! Search the maze for the Animal who stole Farmer Joe’s pie while learning about animal tracks in the process. It is a tactile game that adds to the fun of the maze while allowing them the thrill of solving a mystery. Allow approximately 45 minutes to complete the maze.
- Corny Characters
Corn you find all 12 Corny Characters? Play on your mobile device. Find a couple just for fun for take the Ultimate Challenge and attempt all 12.
Farm Yard Play Area
Spend some time outside in the fresh farm air, as there are activities to entertain everyone young and old. Downey’s Farmyard Play Area is an exciting place made just for kids! The Play Area has a tractor tire sandbox, a trike track and pedal cart track where the race to the finish is based on your need for speed! Jumping Pillows are a blast. Take a wagon ride around the farm then come nose to nose with one of our farm animals. Downey’s Farmyard Play Area is an exciting place for kids and offers open air fun as everything is OUTDOORS!
The Play Area is open daily from June 11 to October 31st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is 4 pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased for your time & date of visit. Walk up admission not guaranteed. Downey’s Farm is operating at less than 5% capacity
- Take a scenic wagon ride as it runs 4 times daily (11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm). (Closed due to Covid)
- Stop by the Kritter Koral and visit with the goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, and cows.
- Goat Mountain: Climb your way to the top and enjoy the 40ft slide on the way down!
- Spiderweb: Crawl your way around the spider web.
- Trike Track: Pedal around the twisty track and see who makes it back first.
- Wooden Play Structures (Monster Truck, Pirate Ship, Train)
- Jumping Pillows
- Cow Patty Mini Putt
- Giant Sandbox
- Pirate’s Cove
- Bee Line Zipline
- Tire PyramidOther Farm attractions such as wagon rides and corn bin are not open due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Special Events at Downey’s Farm
Downey’s Farm hosts three major festivals each year:
- Easter Fest (April)
- Strawberry Festival (July)
- Pumpkin Fest (October)
- Christmas at the Farm (December)
Our Experiences at Downey’s Farm in Brampton
Downey’s Farm creates the holiday magic with Christmas at the Farm as Santa travels from the North Pole to Downey’s Farm from Late November until Late December each year. In 2021, Santa and Santa’s Helpers dressed very warm as the entire event was outside and was very enjoyable as long as you came prepared and dressed for the weather. To view all of the different areas took about an hour, however you are welcome to stay in the Play area for as long as you like so we visted from about 1:30-3:30pm and then stopped at Downey’s Farm Market for a treat to take home, as no visit to Downey’s is complete without the pumpkin donuts.
A visit with Christmas at the Farm includes:
Wagon Ride: They have created an awesome soundtrack that goes with the Wagon ride that tells the kids Santa’s sleigh dropped different items and they have to search for them along the wagon ride as they watch the field go by. Lookout for chocolate chips, presents, reindeer and much more along the route. It was a fun 10 minute ride that my daughter enjoyed.
Hot Chocolate & Cookie: Visit the Elves who are serving Mrs. Clause famous chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa and then head to the fire to enjoy and warm up.
Private meet and greet, socially distanced visit with Santa: Santa was riding a 7ft high John Deer tractor which allowed you to visit Santa and take off your mask and feel safe. Santa was also double vacinnated. Santa also gave each child a small gift – a painting set.
See the Elves Workshop, Reindeer House, Santa’s Closet, Reindeer Flight Academy, and take your picture in Christmas scenes around the farm: Enjoy visiting all of these huts and playing the I Spy game in each one to find certain items. Use a Stamp to mark off each place on your map – collect all 6 and turn it in at the Downeys Market to recieve reindoor food for your lawn on Christmas Eve. There were also fun snowman games like Guess the Snowman and Snowman Search in the play yard that we also enjoyed.
Visit the Farm Animals: visit the lambs, goats and alpacas that are allowed to be outside in the winter.
Why should I buy a Season Pass to Downey’s Farm?
Want to spend lots of time OUTDOORS with the kids and have lots of different activities to do? Your family will love Downey’s Farm so it makes simple sense to buy a SEASON PASS! Downey’s Farm offers affordable entertainment for the whole family, buy simply buying a Seasons Pass. Visit more than 3 times and make back your money! The Season pass is a great option for small children if you want multiple short visits, or busy families who can only visit for a couple hours, or families that love to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Valid from May – October! Regular Price is $50 Individual, and $164 for a Family of Four!
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