The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards
Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.
Organics Farm (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.
The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.
There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.
Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.
Applewood Farm Winery
Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.
Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.
Myers Apple Farm
Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.
For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.
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