Fall is officially here and that means it’s apple picking season. Apple season only lasts until mid-October so you have to go before the apples are out of season. If you’re interested in picking your own fresh apples they’re tons of places you can go apple picking near Toronto. Remember, when going apple picking always wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.
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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. A variety of their apples are ready for picking. Pick your own apples are weighed by the pound at $2.00/lb you must pay for what you pick. 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 $15 admission fee which includes a 5lb bag of the apples you picked from the farm. They do not take reservations or bookings for picking.
Located in Mount Albert, Brooks Farms is open for apple picking. You can not bring your own baskets for picking. All baskets must be pre-paid before entering the field. Children under five can share a basket with an adult. The farm is open from 8 am to 6 pm for the public to come and make memories with their families. If you want to take the kids to their Playland you can purchase a ticket from their website and even grab something to eat at their Farm Market Café.
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 for a specific date and time. Adult tickets are $16 and $14 for children. You can enjoy all the farm activities during your three-hour time slot. The farm hours are from 8:30 am until 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 animals, the corn maze, and the pumpkin patch. Walk-ins are only allowed if there is space. The admission fee is $5.30, however any items you pick are an additional cost.
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. Pick your own is only available on weekends and holidays. The farm is running on a first come first serve basis and is open from 10 am to 6 pm. They ask that you please bring cash to decrease wait time when busy. You can choose from different types of apples like Spartan, Royal Gala, Empire, and more. It costs $20 for a 10 lb bag that can be shared amongst two people.
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. No reservations are required, it’s a first come first served basis. For apple picking, you drive your car into the orchard after checking in and park it. There’s no admission fee, however, you must purchase a minimum of half a bushel per car.
Luna Farms is located in Stoney Creek, Hamilton. The farm is open from Friday to Sunday 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. They are open Fridays through Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. The admission fee is $5 per person. Pick your own apple prices are determined by the pound. The farm also provides tours on Fridays. To arrange a time for a tour you must email them in advance.
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. The admission fee is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For any apples picked it is $2.75 per pound. Admission also includes access to their petting zoo and Watson playground.