Apple lovers rejoice. Thanks to this summer’s sunny weather, we’re expecting the sweetest apples in over 40 years, according to Ontario Apple Growers’ Association chairman Charles Stevens. The starches in apples change into sugar as sunlight strikes, which means our hot, sunny summer has worked wonders for this year’s apple crop. What a delicious revelation. To celebrate fall and this rare year of apples in Ontario, we’ve put together our top apple picking spots in the GTA and southwestern Ontario.
A 9-minute drive from our Uxbridge community of Wyndance, you and the kids can pick apples on weekends from 10 AM – 4 PM, or by appointment. You can also pass by the roadside stand for fresh McIntosh and Empire apples.
With a gift shop, bakery and gourmet market, Carluke Orchards is the perfect stop for foodies near our Wyndfield, Victory, Lush, Summerlea and Avalon communities. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM.
30 minutes from Ten88, Applewood Farms is open Wednesday to Fridays from 12 PM – 5 PM and weekends from 9 AM – 5 PM. Currently available for picking are Royal Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland and Macintosh apples. For the adults, the Applewood Farm also sells delicious fruit-infused wine that is a must try. New this year is their Wild Blueberry Wine and Apple Jack; a bourbon meets cider concoction that can be enjoyed warm or cold.
Open every day 10 AM – 5 PM July 1 to October 31 and 35 minutes from Rain & Senses, Chudleigh’s is one of the most popular apple orchards in the GTA. In October, visitors can pick Golden Delicious, Fuji Russet, Creston, Snow, Mutsu, Ambrosia and Granny Smith apples.
A 35-minute drive (or $28 uber pool ride) from Midtown, Wittamore’s is a massive 220-acre farm just north of the Toronto Zoo that allows you to pick more than just apples. For the fall enjoy apples along with squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, pumpkins and autumn strawberries and raspberries.
A quaint family run operation seven generations in the making, Carl Laidlaw is accessible from Eau Du Soleil, Glow and Lakeside. The farmers invite you, your kids and your family dog to stop by 9 AM – 5 PM on weekends and holidays.
30 minutes from our Imagine community, this family-run farm boasts famous apple cider, plum and pear picking in addition to fresh apples and a pair of “spoiled” goats that love attention for the kids to enjoy. Open weekends from 10 AM – 4:30 PM.
A 40-minute drive from our Riverland community, Orchard Home Farms is open Monday – Sunday from 9 AM – 7 PM. They offer both apple and pear picking for the whole family, as well as honey, cider and of course, fresh and delicious apple pies and treats.
Need some inspiration on what to do with your freshly picked apples? Check out the Ontario Apple Growers Association’s mouthwatering recipes. We’ve featured our two favorite options below: