Apple picking is an annual ritual for many Toronto residents. The chance to pick fruit fresh from the tree, shop farmers’ markets at the height of harvest season, and take in all that fresh country air is too good to pass up.
Here’s a round-up of places to go apple picking near Toronto.
Applewood Farm Winery
This Stouffville spot prides itself on being one of Ontario’s first pick-your-own farms and provides hay rides into the far orchards. Admission to the farm is $10, and apples are an additional charge of $25.00 for a 20 lbs. bag.
Pick your own Ida Red, Macintosh, Golden Delicious and Royal Gala apples at this Mount Albert farm during September. Pricing for PYO apples is $42 for a 20 lbs. bag. Brooks also offers smaller bags at varying prices.
JC Agri Orchards
This PYO orchard in King City offers a wide variety of apples including McIntosh, Spartan and Cortland all sold by the pound. You’ll also find pre-picked and bagged apples in addition to other local produce, apple cider, apple pies, snacks and a refreshment stand. Admission is $5 per person.
It’s an annual tradition for generations of Milton families to pick their own apples at this local farm. Apple picking has already begun and winds down in late October. Don’t miss the farm’s signature apple blossoms and other fresh baked goods. Please note you need to buy passes to visit in advance.
Apple picking season remains open until early November at this Caledon farm. There is no entrance fee to enter the orchard, however, they do ask for a minimum $8 apple-pick per person. It’s $25 for a 10 lbs. bag or $40 per 20 lbs. bag.
Take a hay ride to the orchards at this Caledon farm to choose from 20 varieties of farm-fresh apples. Shop cider, pies and caramel apples at the farm bakery or get lost in the corn maze. Entrance fees are around $6 per person and you can pre-purchase bags starting at $20 for 10 lbs.
Pingle’s Farm Market
Fall is a fun time to visit this farm on Taunton Road in Hampton, Ontario. Apples are available alongside a bounty of pre-picked crops, baked goods and family-friendly activities.
This Caledon farm offers pick-your-own apples and wagon rides on weekends until the end of October. There’s no admission charge and there’s also a country market stocked with pies, jam and gifts on site.
U-Pick apples are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the month of September at this Bowmanville farm. In addition to orchard fruits, expect to find a wide variety of seasonal produce for sale at the market.
Pine Farms Orchard
There’s over 20 types of apples to pick from through October at this King City farm. They’re open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and all apples are sold at $2 per lb. There’s also a $5 admission fee per person.
Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery
Pick your own apples will be open to the public starting September 10, and prices start at $45 for a 20 lb. bushel. The Bowanville orchard offers 13 different varieties and also has a winery.
Organics Family Farm
Visit this Markham family-run farm in the fall to pick your own apples. Admission to enter is $15, with varying prices per bag.