Fall is officially here and that means it’s apple picking season. That’s why we’ve gathered all the places you can go apple picking near Toronto. Remember, when going apple picking to always wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and a mask. Apple season only lasts until mid-October so hurry before the apples are out of season.
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Pine Farms Orchard
Pine Farms Orchard is just a short drive from Toronto and is open for apple picking. To get into the farm is a $5 admission fee per person. The farm encourages visitors to bring their own bags and to wear a mask when picking in the orchard. For everyone’s safety, it’s best for people to stay 6 feet apart from others. Visitors can also enjoy pastries from the bakeshop or grab some lunch at the Orchard Café.
Organics Family Farm
Organics Farm is also not far from Toronto. This Markham farm has opened for apple picking and is open on weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm. There’s a $14 admission fee which includes a 5lb bag of the apples you picked from the farm. The farm asks that you call ahead or check the website before visiting.
Located in Mount Albert, Brooks Farms has also opened up for apple picking. In order to stay safe this year, Brooks Farms asks that families come in groups of five and stay 6 feet apart from others. In order to stay safe, the farm will provide baskets for everyone and is not allowing visitors to sample the apples before purchase this year. The farm is open from 8 am to 6 pm for the public to come and make memories with their families.
Chudleigh’s has been around for over 50 years and grows over 22 types of apples in their orchards. The farm is located in Halton Hills where people can get a taste of the country life. In order to visit Chudleigh’s orchard, you must purchase an admission ticket online in advance. Everyone must wear a mask in the designated areas. The farm is currently not accepting cash and is open until 8:30 am to 6 pm.
To go apple picking at Dixie Orchards you must first reserve a time online. Visitors can choose from a variety of apples like Sunrise, Ginger Gold, Mcintosh, and more. With the admission fee, you can also check the farm’s sunflower field, corn maze, and pumpkin patch. The farm asks that everyone stays 6 feet apart and will be providing bags this year for everyone visiting.
Just outside of Toronto is Caledon’s Albion Orchards. The farm has been around since 1967 and has been featured in Chatelaine for being one of the best apple orchards in Canada. The farm is running on a first come first serve basis and is open from 10 am to 6 pm. You can choose from different types of apples like Spartan, Royal Gala, Empire, and more. You can also grab some pie for dessert at The Country Store located in Albion Orchards.
Archibald’s Estate & Winery
On September 11th, Archibald’s Estate & Winery will be open for apple picking. Since 1967, the Archibald’s have been growing apples and have over 10,000 trees in their orchard. They have all the apples you could want and even sell apple-flavoured wines and ciders. The farm is open from Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. You must call or email to book ahead to visit the farm.
Luna Farms is located in Stoney Creek, Hamilton. The farm is open from Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. You can pick from over 25 different types of apples and even compare the flavours of each to see which one tastes better. You’ll never know how delicious apples can be if you don’t try all the different types that can be grown.
JC Agri Orchards
JC Agri Orchards is now open for apple picking in King City. The farm encourages you to bring your own bags and wear a mask. The farm also provides wagon rides and tours of the orchard on Fridays. They are open Fridays through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.
You can pick your own apples and check out the farmers market at this Bowmanville farm. The market sells everything from fruits, vegetables, fresh cheese, meals to go, and of course pies. It even has a playground for the kids to enjoy after apple picking.