The first day of fall has come and gone, and October will be here in just two sleeps. October means harvest time, and that’s the theme of this week’s suggestions. Needless to say, we hope you’ll harvest products from the Outaouais region to enjoy at home. The Outaouais is good enough to eat! And that’s no exaggeration.

Help out with the grape harvest

October is a busy month for winemakers: it’s grape harvest time! If you can lend a hand for a few hours, they’ll never say no. If you’re interested in helping out with the grape harvest, on Thursday, October 9, the Vignoble du Clos Baillie will be gathering the crop from its vineyard in Montebello. In return for your work in the vineyard, you’ll get a hearty meal—with wine, of course!

The Cranberries Valley

Do you know how cranberries are harvested? If not, you can find out all about it at the Cranberries Valley. Put on your waterproof boots and head into the field to learn more about these delicious, tart little fruits. Before you leave, be sure to visit the boutique and stock up on fresh cranberries to cook at home!

Pick your own pumpkins

Hallowe’en is just a month away, and it’s time to get the family together and hunt down the perfect pumpkin at the Potager Eardley agritourism farm. Every weekend in October, plus Thanksgiving Friday and Monday (October 10 and 13), you can take a wagon ride through the pumpkin fields and pick out THE best specimen to decorate. If you’re short on creative ideas, don’t worry: the farm also offers free pumpkin decorating workshops, as well as face painting for the kids!

For more ideas and suggestions for things to do in the Outaouais region, visit www.outaouaistourism.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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