Apple picking is an annual ritual for many Toronto residents. The chance to pick fruit fresh from the tree, shop farmers' markets at the height of harvest season and take in all that fresh country air is too good to pass up.
Here's where to go apple picking near Toronto.
This Caledon farm offers pick-your-own apples and wagon rides on weekends from mid-August to the end of October. There's also a country market stocked with pies, jam and gifts on site.
Applewood Farm Winery
This Stouffville spot prides itself on being one of Ontario's first pick-your-own farms and provides hayrides into the far orchards. Might as well pick up a bottle of Apple Jack while you're there.
The Big'r Apple Farm
This Brampton farm opens the first week of September for apple picking and offers PYO from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekend while the orchard fruit is in season.
Pick your own Ida Red, Macintosh, Golden Delicious and Royal Gala apples at this Mount Albert farm during September. In addition to apples, find all sorts of local produce for sale as well as fresh eggs, concessions and honey from hives on the farm.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards
PYO apples and already picked apples are available every weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at this 100-acre, family-owned farm in Brampton. You'll find over 30 varieties of apples here and can enjoy tractor rides and applewood fire-roasted corn on the cob
Chudleigh's Apple Farm
It's a annual tradition for generations of Milton families to pick their own apples at this local farm. Apple picking begins in mid-August every year and winds down in late October. Don't miss the farm's signature apple blossoms and other fresh baked goods.
Country Apple Orchard Farm
This PYO Orchard in King City offers a wide variety of apples including McIntosh, Spartan and Cortland. You'll also find pre-picked and bagged apples in addition to other local produce, apple cider, apple pies, snacks and a refreshment stand.
Take a hay ride to the orchards during the month of September at this Caledon farm to choose from 23 varieties of farm-fresh apples. Shop cider, pies and caramel apples at the farm bakery or get lost in the corn maze.
Apple picking season kicks off during the first or second week of September each year at this Brampton farm. Here you'll find Honey Crisp, Gala, Macintosh, Cortland, Delicious, Macoun, Empire, Jonagold and Smoothies to name just a few.
Pingle's Farm Market
Fall is a fun time to visit this farm on Taunton Road in Hampton, Ontario. You can PYO apples in the second week of September. They're available alongside a bounty of pre-picked crops, baked goods and family-friendly activities.
This Uxbridge orchard boasts Vista Bella and Earligold apples in early August, while additional varieties like Honey Crisps and Lobos come into season later followed by Russets and Northern Spys. They're available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during September and October.
U-Pick apples are offered throughout the month of September at this Bowmanville farm. In addition to orchard fruits, expect to find a wide variety of seasonal produce for sale at the market.
Photo by John Carvalho via the blogTO Flickr pool.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO