Some of our favourite apple farms
14800 Innis Lake Rd, Caledon East
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm
Admission is free – Macintosh and Royal Gala apples ($18-$28 a bag) are ready now. No dogs please.
Andrews Scenic Acres
9365 10th sideroad, halton hills
M-Th: 10am-4pm, $5, Fr-Su: 10am-5pm, $10
Apples, pears and plums are ripe for picking and late raspberries may be available. There’s a playground, animal corral and wagon rides. Leashed dogs welcome.
Applewood Farm Winery
12416 mccowan rd, stouffville
picking hotline: 905-640-5357 (call for report)
$10/person aged 3yrs+, $20 per 20lb bag
Thu-Fr: 12-5pm; Sa-Su: 11am-5pm
Buy fresh picked apples at the stand, or pick your own from the orchard – Ginger Golds are ripe now. There are tractor drawn wagon rides, a children’s playground and the award-winning winery features unique fruit wines, ciders and meade. No dogs please.
Avalon Organic Orchard
3150 5th Line, Innisfil
The Nova Scotia Macs are ready at Avalon but this sweet little organic orchard grows varieties of apples that you and your children may have never tried before but your grandparents may know them well. Here’s a list that includes apples called Freedom, Goldrush, Liberty, Priscilla and Redtree. Take your own picnic to eat on the lovely grounds, go for a nature walk or pick up Avalon’s coveted apple ciders and vinegars from the tent market.
The Big’r Apple Farm
8674 Heritage Rd, Brampton
Ginger Golds, Royal Galas, Macs and Wealthy apples as well as tomatoes, eggplant, hot peppers and squash are ready for picking now! And Paula Reds are on sale. Please call to confirm prices.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards
9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton
Weekends only: 9am-5pm
A Little Paper family favourite – pick your own apples and pears, 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. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Chudleigh’s Apple Farm
9528 Hwy 25, Halton Hills
Mo-Fr: 10am-5pm; Sa-Su: 10am-7:30pm
$15/person 4yrs+, $52/family of 4
Chudleigh’s adds live music from 4-7pm on weekends to the considerable draw or their beautiful orchard & play area with farm animals, pony rides (11am-4pm, weather permitting) straw maze, tractor wagon rides and apple picking rides (10:30am-4pm). Leashed dogs are welcome.
122/141 Ashworth Rd
Open for apples on September 8th – October 28th for the Fall Fun Festival | $15/person
Pick your own apples (here’s the schedule of varieties) are $13.50/5lb bag, $23/10lbs and $40/20lbs
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, kids 2 and under are free
Forsythe Family Farms
1025 Cragg Rd, Uxbridge
Mo-Fr: 9am-6pm, $4.50 | Sa-Su: 9:30am-5:30pm, $7.25
Note: There is no apple-picking at Forsythe Farm
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.
651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry, Ontario
No admission fee
Daily, 9am-5pm, open from September 8
Pick your own apples (and later, pumpkins), bring a picnic, enjoy the play area, grab a sweet treat and sip a glass of fresh cider; Navigate your way through a dense maze of corn or test your speed and agility on the kid-friendly obstacle course; Take a nature walk to discover the various trees and wildlife around the property or just watch the sheep graze in the pasture. Wealthy, Ginger Gold, Silken, Gala and Macs are ready now. Spartans are almost ready.
Pine Farms Orchard
2700 16th Sideroad, King
Pick your own apples (Paula Red, Gingergold and Wealthy are ready now), check out the café and baked goods and consider a hike or mountain bike ride on the nearby Oakridges Trail.
Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 Taunton Rd East
Daily: 9am-6pm, Pick your own apples begins with Macs on September 8th. raspberries are also available
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 15 Sep through 28 October from 11am to 4pm. There are wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in October and a reptile maze open daily from with (M-Fr: 9am-5pm, Sa-Su: 9am-4pm) with pumpkin painting, face painting for an additional $6 fee per person. Please leave your dog at home.
Getting the perfect pick…
If Macs. Galas, Ginger Golds and Wealthy apples are your go-to, you’d best get yourself to a farm now and if you can’t get enough of that Honey Crisp, you can hold off a little bit this year. For spicy Russets and Smoothies, you’re looking to wait until Thanksgiving or later.
It’s pretty hard to predict Mother Nature but apple crops generally run something like this.
Early september | macintosh | ginger gold | royal gala
Mid september | honey gold | gravenstein| spartan| cortland| mcgowen | honey crisp
Late september | empire
Early october | mutsu| rhode island greening| russet| jona gold| tolman sweet| smoothie
Mid october | ida red| red and golden delicious
NOTE: Please do call ahead or check the farm website. We try our best but harvests end, hours change and we sometimes make mistakes.
Why bother to pick your own…
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 your kids actually picked that apple themselves, you’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 (or make!) a pie to take home.