It is the height of harvest season in Toronto. For many area residents, it’s a chance to get outdoors with the whole family and take part in the annual ritural of apple picking. While the big city is certainly not filled with farmers’ markets where you can buy fresh local produce, there is nothing quite like a drive to the scenic towns on the city’s outskirts to visit one of the many farms and orchards where they grow.
Enjoy a fall outing, pick fresh fruit and vegetables and shop at country markets at one of these Greater Toronto Area farms orchards:
What: Pick-your-own apples, shop for pies, jams and gifts at the country market, and enjoy wagon rides on weekends from mid-August to the end of October.
Where: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon, ON
APPLEWOOD FARM WINERY
What: Pick-your-own apples, shop for fine wines, pumpkins and gifts, and enjoy hayrides into the far orchards.
Where: 12416 McCowan Rd., Stouffville, ON
ARCHIBALDS ORCHARDS & ESTATE WINERY
What: Pick your own apples, shop for wines and ciders, enjoy tours and tastings.
Where: 6275 Liberty St. N., Bowmanville, ON
THE BIG-R APPLE FARM
What: Pick your own fruits while in season from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekend.
Where: 87999 Heritage Road, Brampton, ON
What: Pick your own apples, shop for local produce, fresh eggs, concessions and honey from hives on the farm. Train and wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pig races and the infamous Sue Wee Shufflers, huge aliens, play area, farm animals, zip lines, bouncing ponies, Fixeight forest, corn maze, straw jumps, pumpkin cannons, and more.
Where: 122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert, ON
CARL LAIDLAW ORCHARDS
What: Pick your own apples or purchase already picked apples, over 30 varieties, every weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy tractor rides on this 100-acre farm.
Where: 9496 Heritage Road, Brampton, ON
What: Pick your own apples from mid-August to late October. Buy Chudleight’s signature apple blossoms and other fresh baked goods.
Where: 9528 Hwy 25, Halton Hills, ON
COUNTRY APPLE ORCHARD FARM
What: Pick your own apples, and shop for pre-picked and bagged apples in addition to other local produce, apple cider, apple pies, snacks and a refreshment stand.
Where: 3105 16th Sideroad West, King City, ON
What: Pick your own apples, 23 varieties available. Shop cider, pies and caramel apples at the farm bakery on weekends. Enjoy free wagon rides on weekends during apple season, or get lost in the corn maze. Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations for sale.
Where: 14309 Dixie Road, Caledon, ON
What: Pick your own apples. Free wagon rides on weekends, farm animals, such as chickens, ducks, and goats, and harvest decorations.
Where: 97726 Heritage Rd. R.R #2, Norval, ON
What: Pick your own apples. Shop for pre-picked crops, and baked goods. Family-friendly activities include mini corn maze, corn maze, straw jump, Trike Track, farm animals, face painting, Bugsy balloon, pumpkin balloon, and pedal cart tracks.
Where: 1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton, ON
What: Buy pre-picked apples daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during September and October.
Where: 7300 3rd Concession Rd., Uxbridge, ON
WILLIS FAMILY FRUIT FARM
What: Pick your own and pre-picked apples, plus wagon rides, 2 1/2 acre corn maze and 1 1/2 acres of pumpkins.
Where: 6063 Fifth Line Milton, ON