I’m pretty sure my mom packed a Mac in my lunch box every Monday and then left in there until Friday afternoon – it was a kind of nutritional Red Rover with a lone, bruised McIntosh rolling unloved and uneaten between parent and child all week.
Slip a Honey Crisp or a Smoothie into the bag though and it’s a whole new game. If my kids actually picked that apple themselves, I’ve quadrupled the chance they’re going to eat it. And that’s all aside from how much fun it is to hop on the tractor-pulled wagon, munch down an apple picked straight from the tree and maybe grab a pie to take home with us.
Most apple farms are open for the picking in early to mid September but please do call or check online to avoid disappointment and see what’s ripe.
Getting the perfect pick…
It’s pretty hard to predict Mother Nature but, in general, apple crops should run something like this. If Gravenstein is your go-to, you can put things off a bit but, if you can’t get enough of that Honey Crisp, you had better get yourself to a farm at the start of the season.
14800 innis lake rd, caledon e
Admission is free and the apples are ready now.
Andrews Scenic Acres
9365 10th sideroad, halton hills
Daily: 9am-6pm, $5/person on weekends
Apple picking at Andrew’s is not yet posted but the market is open, corn is ready to be picked and late raspberries will soon be available. There’s a playground, animal corral and wagon rides.
Applewood Farm Winery
12416 mccowan rd, stouffville
picking hotline: 905-640-5357 (call for report)
Apple picking starts September 9th. w-f 12-5, sa-su 9-5
Buy fresh picked apples at our stand, or pick your own from the orchard. There are tractor drawn wagon rides, a children’s playground and the award-winning winery features unique fruit wines, ciders and meade.
Alferri & Son’s
8605 heritage rd, brampton
m-f: 9am-6pm, sa-su: 9am-5pm
Open for picking now! A variety of produce, honey, baked goods and jams available in the farm store.
The Big’r Apple Farm
8674 heritage rd, brampton
m-f: 10am-6pm, sa-su: 9am-2pm
Open for picking now!
Carl Laidlaw Orchards
9496 heritage rd, brampton
Weekends only: 9am-5pm
Roast a hot dog and corn, jump in the hay, enjoy a wagon ride into the orchards and play with toy tractors on this bucolic, unspoiled farm by the river. Bake your own pie in the charming kitchen or buy one from the market.
Chudleigh’s Apple Farm
9528 hwy 25, halton hills
$13/person 4yrs+, family of four $45, seniors $8, Under 3yrs free
Orchard & play area with farm animals, pony rides (11am-4pm, weather permitting) straw maze and tractor wagon rides and apple picking rides (10:30am-4pm)
122/141 ashworth rd
Open for apples on September 9th for the Fall Fun Festival | $14/person
Train and wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pig races, play area, farm animals, zip lines, rusty’s forest, corn maze, straw jumps, pumpkin cannons, corn cob blasters, new larger straw jump area, duck races & more.
The barnyard playland is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $10/person (ages 3 – 99), kids 2 and under are free
Forsythe Family Farms – see update
1025 cragg rd, uxbridge
m-f: 9am-6pm | sa-su: 9:30am-5:30pm
Wkdys/$3:50, Wknds: $6.50
Update | There is no apple-picking at Forsythe. Reader Stefanie M. suggests Nature’s Bounty instead.
The barnyard adventure playground, farm animals, billy goat mountain slide, tricycles and pedal carts are available everyday.
On weekends, you can visit the enchanted forest, take a wagon ride through the storybook forest along the way, talk with a farm educator, try out a themed scavenger hunt and enjoy the small animal cuddle corner.
Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 taunton rd e
m-f: 9am-6pm | sa-su: 9am-5pm
Check in with their crop report to see what’s ready for picking before you go.
The Fun farm with farm animals, giant slide, straw jump, pedal carts, trike track and mini golf is opens weekends from 16 Sep through 29 October from 11am to 4pm There are wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in October and a pirate maze open daily from 9am-5pm with pumpkin painting, face painting for an additional fee.