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Vis­i­tors are in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence some real flavours of fall, right from the Loucks Farm gar­den at Up­per Canada Vil­lage, dur­ing the his­toric at­trac­tion’s “ Fall Gar­dens Day” on Satur­day, Sept. 12. One of the Vil­lage’s “ Flavours of Au­tumn” se­ries of fall events, Fall Gar­dens Day will also give vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy and learn about the Vil­lage gar­dens at har­vest time, through a guided af­ter­noon gar­den tour.

When the av­er­age North Amer­i­can in 2009 sits down to eat, each in­gre­di­ent has of­ten trav­elled hun­dreds of kilo­me­ters from farm to plate. Not so in the 1860s. Most fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles were grown in the fam­ily’s own gar­den and or­chard.

Up­per Canada Vil­lage gardeners in­vite vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the di­ver­sity of tastes pro­duced by 19th-cen­tury plant va­ri­eties at the Loucks Farm gar­den from 9: 30 a. m. to 3 p. m. Peo­ple will dis­cover an ex­plo­sion of flavours by sam­pling sorel, chard, Nas­tur­tium petals, red pear and cal­abash toma­toes, car­rots, beat tops, win­ter onions, pen­cil pod beans and broc­coli, as well as a mul­ti­tude of herbs such as basil, dill and sage.

In the af­ter­noon, vis­i­tors are in­vited to join a Gar­den Tour led by a Vil­lage hor­ti­cul­tural in­ter­preter through a se­lec­tion of the gar­dens on site ( tour starts in front of Cook’s Tav­ern at 1 p. m.). The tour will fo­cus on late-bloom­ing an­nu­als and peren­ni­als, as well as on heir­loom veg­eta­bles.

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