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.
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.
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!
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.