One for the basket, one for me. It’s a time honoured tradition, one that affords many delicious opportunities to explore Ontario’s rural places at your own pace.
We’ve gathered up some of our favorite pick-your-own spots into a nice little list for all you apple-loving bakers. Take an afternoon, visit a farm and pick your own this season!
In Season Now: Apples
Applewood Farm Winery, Stouffville12416 McCowan Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville applewoodfarmwinery.com
Applewood Farm has been in the same family for over 40 years, and their expertise shows in the way they run their business. There is something for everyone at this farm, including tractor rides to the orchards, a playground for the little ones, and now, a farm winery.
Dixie Orchards, Inglewood14309 Dixie Road, Inglewood dixieorchards.com
Dixie Orchards has over 23 types of apples for you to choose from.But it doesn’t stop there, once you’re done picking apples for the day, spend some time exploring their corn maze, sipping apple cider or perusing the farm bakery.
Bonus: They often throw BBQ parties on the weekends.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards, Brampton9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton carllaidlaworchards.ca
This is the place to go if you’re looking for a day of apple picking, but also if you’re looking for more than just pick-your-own. There are wagon rides, toy tractors, a hay barn (with a barn beam walk activity inside), a sunflower field, roasted hot-dogs and buttered cobs of corn, plus – and this is our favourite part- you can bake an apple pie right there on the orchard using the apples you just picked!
T&K Ferri Orchards, Clarksburg496415 Grey County Rd 2, Clarksburg tkferriorchards.com
In addition to being a stop along The Apple Pie Trail, TK Ferri Orchards has a lot to offer. When you’ve picked as many apples as you can fit in your baskets, spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the famous, on-farm pressed, Grandad Jack’s Apple Cider.
Chudleigh’s, Milton9528 Regional Rd 25, Milton chudleighs.com
If you haven’t been to Chudleigh’s before, we suggest you pack your family in the car and head out there ASAP because this farm is a tradition for many families for a reason.
During the harvest season there are lots of activities for both adults and children. In addition to apple picking there are tractor rides, scarecrow-making, and homemade apple pies for the taking!
New for 2018: This year Chudleigh’s has introduced Cider Nights at the farm which features live music, a hard cider bar plus delicious bites like mac n’ cheese and cheese blossoms.
Mountain Orchards, Mountain (just outside Ottawa)10175 Clark Rd, Mountain mountainorchards.ca
Purchased by the Lyall and Hobson families in 1973, Mountain Orchards has been running a pick-your-own operation for decades, and plans to continue doing so for decades to come! After you’ve picked all the apples you can carry, spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful forest trail, or getting lost in the corn maze.
Nature’s Bounty, Port Perry651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry naturesbountyfarm.com
This beautiful farm looks exactly how it’s name suggests. Enjoy the views of the property while you pick from over 10 different varieties of apples. Afterwards you can attempt their obstacle course, or relax and enjoy some fresh apple cider.
Bonus: They just hosted their first Dinner in the Orchard, an event they plan to host several times a year.