Tomorrow is officially the first day of fall! 😀 To celebrate this joyous occasion, I’m posting photos from the Fall Harvest Festival that took place this afternoon and early evening at Ben Nobleman Park and Community Orchard. I thank Twitter, specifically Wychwood Barns, for passing along this information yesterday because I otherwise wouldn’t have known about the event! I try my hardest to keep on top of foodie events that happen in and around the city (read: the monthly Food Calendar), but there are things that I miss and I often kick myself (figuratively) for not knowing about them until it’s too late. Thankfully, I caught the news about the fest at Ben Nobleman just in the knick of time and did some really quick mental day-planning to make sure I had the time and accessibility to get there. Lucky for me, Ben Nobleman Park is literally across the street from Eglinton West subway station and that worked to my advantage considering I needed to sub northbound back to Downsview afterward. Score for Team Connect-the-Transit dots!
Let it be known that I’ve never actually been to Ben Nobleman Park, nor have I ever exited from Eglinton West, so this was all new to me today. Ben Nobleman Park and Community Orchard is exactly that: a park with trees, a nice big grassy area for playing, picnics, and strolling, and a playground for the little ones. What makes this park especially unique is the inclusion of a community orchard. Back in 2009, 14 fruit trees were planted and this space has since become an important green space used to educate everyone about tree planting, and for those in and around the Eglinton West community to come together and contribute to the cause. Given how the trees are only 3 years old, it’ll be some time before they really start baring any substantial fruit, but it’s the concept that matters.
It reminds me of a time last year when I noticed for the first time that there were pear trees on campus. I walked by a tree and did a double take when I looked down and saw the surrounding area covered with fallen pears – small bright green ones! They were so cute and I thought, “good squirrel food!” Even though I can’t enjoy most fruits that grow on trees in their natural states, I completely recognize the importance of fruit trees in our fall harvests.
The Fall Harvest fest that took place today from 4pm-7pm was such a cute event. There were SO many kids there playing, eating food, drinking juice, making their own juice at the juicing booth (how cute!), and learning about the different fruit trees during the little orchard tour given by the volunteers. There were bowls upon bowls of fresh fruit for everyone to take (none for me. Thanks, allergies), tea sandwiches (of which I had two), and plenty of juice to go around. And to my delight, there were magazines to take home from the promo material and raffle ticket booth and I came away with two Homemakers’ magazines. Score one for Team I-love-Homemakers’-magazine! My favourite part of the park? The beautiful painted shed of fruit trees and people holding hands. Awww.
There’s so much I’m looking forward to in the coming weeks and even though I’m probably going to be mumbling and grumbling about the earlier sunsets and all, all the exciting things happening in the near future will eclipse that. For one thing, my camera is going to be so incredibly happy when the leaves start changing colours. Allan Gardens and Main Street Unionville are my favourite places to capture the natural beauty of fall and I can’t wait to show you all some photos from previous years to get all us warmed up and excited! And for another, I am beyond excited to start my Fall Harvest series on the blog! I can’t wait to show you all the delicious fall foods in the city. Fall might be a short season, but there’s more than enough for us to enjoy.
Ben Nobleman Park and Community Orchard is located on Eglinton Ave. W. between Everden Rd. and Strathearn Rd. across the street from Eglinton West subway station. For more information about the park and the community orchard, click here.