By: Erik Taylor

Apple Picking Farms 

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Apple picking is a fall ritual that makes for a great excuse to get out of the city. Enjoy corn mazes, cooler weather, piles of colorful leaves—fall is a magical time of year.
Inhale some crisp, fresh air while picking fruit that just tastes better because you plucked it from the branch with your own two hands. One of many great places to find apple farms is in Milton just outside of Toronto. 

Here are some places to go apple picking outside of Toronto.


 
 
Willis Family Fruit Farm
 Everything is grown on the farm, Honeycrisp, Gingergold, MacIntosh, and Royal Gala.  After that, we will have Ambrosia, Jonagold, Macoun, Mutsu, Cortland, Golden Russet, Spartan, Snow, Red and Golden Delicious.
In response to our customers' requests, we have re-introduced historic heritage apples such as, Northern Spy, Snow, Spartan, Wealthy, Cox Orange Pippin, and Gravenstein.

Chudleigh's
This is more than an orchard, it's a rite of passage. This hit with kids in Halton Hills was first opened to the public in 1967, and now they grow dozens of varieties of apples to pick in their orchard, such as Mutsu, Silken, Wealthy and Sunrise. They also have their very own bakery just down the road.
 
Pingle's Farm Market
In operation for over 30 years, you can pick apples at this Hampton farm, and pick up some fall raspberries and pumpkins while you’re at it.
 
Downey's
This strawberry and apple farm in Inglewood provides complimentary bags that hold up to 20 pounds of apples for a $29 flat price. Cortland, Gala, Northern Spy, Red Fuji and many other apple varieties are available from around mid-September until around November.
 
Big'r Apple Farm
About half an hour away from Toronto, this Brampton farm lets you pick Jona Gold, Fortune, Cortland, Wealthy, Royal Gala and Empire apples among other varieties, and they also grow vegetables.
 
Applewood Farm Winery
Have a more adult-oriented apple-picking adventure at this winery where you can pick up cider and apple wine in addition to picking your own Cortlands, Spartans, Paula Reds, Sweet Sixteens and Ambrosias, typically starting in September.
 
Pine Farms Orchard
There are 21 varieties of apples to pick right off trees that are specially kid sized at this farm, including Ida Reds, Melbas, Spartans, Empires and Russetts. 
 
JC Agri Orchards
This King City farm in operation for over 40 years allows you to pick your own apples and also does wagon rides.
 
Albion Orchards
Apple picking typically goes on from around August until October at this orchard in Caledon where trees range in age from two to 40 years old. Prices start at $18 for 10-pound bags.
 
Archibald's Orchard & Estate Winery
Pick apples until mid-October at this winery that has let people do so since 1983. "Orchard monitors," the ability to drive your car into the orchard and flags clearly marking the day's best picking make this one of the more luxurious pick-your-own experiences.
 
Carl Laidlaw Orchards
This cute low-key orchard allows you pick your own Granny Smith, Smoothie, Tolman Sweet and Rhode Island Greening apples. They also have wagon rides, cider, a "barn beam walk" and sunflowers to take selfies with.

Dixie Orchards
There are lots of varieties of apples available. Also a corn maze and wagon rides, and you can stop by the Country Bakery for some cider and a sweet treat.

Organics Farm
A family owned and operated Certified Organic farm located in Markham.  In 2001 we decided to convert to organic farming and after much effort (and a lot of hoeing!) we happily opened our gates to the public in 2007.
We are certified by Pro-Cert and offer a variety of organic and local products.  We have pick your own and ready picked strawberries and apples along with a wood-fired bakery and market.  Why not come out for the day and enjoy some time on the farm picking your own fruit and relaxing in the country!

Avalon Orchards
A certified Organic u-pick orchard, a pioneer in the growing of naturally diseased resistant varieties of apples. You are also welcome to wander through the orchard and explore our woodland trails to see the beaver in the creek and the blue herons standing stilt-legged at the nearby pond.

 

 

Apple picking tips

 
Call first: Certain apple types may not be available due to demand and orchard hours can change without notice. Make sure to call ahead before making the trek.
What to bring: Some farms provide containers for carrying the fruit home, but it’s not a bad idea to bring them yourself. Comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty are a must, and keep the weather in mind: pack a sweater for cooler days and bring sunscreen.
Freezing apples: Coat 1 L (4 cups) of peeled, sliced apples with 1 ml (1/4 tsp) ascorbic acid powder and 25 ml (1/4 cup) cold water. Coat fruit on all sides, then toss with 25 ml (1/4 cup) granulated sugar. Pack, label and freeze for up to one year. Before using, frozen apple slices should be thawed for approximately one hour.
Apple types: Some of the most popular types of apples are McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Empire, Idared, Crispin (or Mutsu), Golden Delicious, Spartan, Cortland and Northern Spy. Northern Spy is the most common type of apple used in baking. Check with the orchards to see what varieties they have available.