Picking your own apples and pumpkins has been a long-time fall tradition. There’s something so satisfying about actually getting your hands dirty and picking something fresh off the tree. If you feel like escaping the city for a short while, we’ve got a list of pumpkin patches and apple orchards just a short drive from downtown that might interest you.
Applewood Farm and Winery
Location: 12416 McCowan Rd., Stouffville,
Applewood Farm and Winery costs $7.50 to enter and the admission fee gives you access to different activities like their corn maze, wagon rides, and their animal barn. If you want to pick your own apples, you can purchase a $20 bag that will hold up to 20lbs of apples. They’re open from 9am to 5pm on weekends, and 12pm to 5pm Wednesday through Friday. They’re also open on Thanksgiving Monday from 9am to 5pm.
Pine Farms Orchard
Location: 2700 16th Sideroad, King City
Pinefarms Orchard is only a few minutes north of Canada’s Wonderland. If you’re planning on visiting on a weekend, you’ll have to pay a $3 admission fee, but on weekdays it’s free! Apples are priced by the pound, so you only pay for what you’re picking. They’re open every day from 9am to 5pm.
JC Agri Orchards
Location: 3105 16th Sideroad West, King City
Not too far from Pinefarms, JC Agri Orchards is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 4pm, and they’ll be open 10am to 4pm on Thanksgiving Monday. Apples are priced by the pound, so you can pick as much as you can eat.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards
Location: 9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton
Carl Laidlaw has a huge variety of different apples for you to choose from. There is an admission fee to enter the farm, but once you’re in you have access to all the different activities available on the farm. They offer wagon rides into the orchards where you can pick both apples and pears. You can also shop around in their barn market. Carl Laidlaw Orchards is only open on weekends from 9am to 5pm.
Location: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon
Head over to Caledon, Ontario to visit Albion Orchards, where they’ve got a wide variety of Ontario-native apples. There’s no admission fee to enter, but you do have to purchase a plastic bag to store your picked apples in before you can start picking. They’re open every day from 10am to 4pm.
Location: 9528 Highway 25, Halton Hills
These guys have been inviting people to their family apple farm since 1967. The admission fee of $13 gets you access to things like their apple orchard, hotdog bbq, and “husks & hardwood” (freshly grilled corn on the cob and turkey legs). Chudleighs is open from 10am to 5pm every day.
Location: 573 Parkside Drive, Waterdown
Head to Waterdown, Ontario to visit Frootogo Orchards, open every day from 9am to 5pm. They grow all of their apples on dwarf-apple trees, making them easy and fun to pick. They also have “Harvest Weekends” in September and October, where they offer wagon rides for $1 and a corn maze for $5.50 from 11am to 4pm.
Location: 2287 Regional Highway # 2, Bowmanville
Watson Farms has a variety of apples that you can pick, and there is no admission fee. They also offer free tractor rides Friday through Sunday, and holiday Mondays. They’re open every day from 9am to 6pm.
Location: 122-141 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert
Brooks Farms is open seven days of the week from 9p.m. to 5p.m., which includes vegetable picking as well as a farm market. Apples, pumpkins, squash, and autumn strawberries are among the fruits and vegetables available for picking this season.
Andrews Scenic Acres
Location: 9365 10 Side Road, Halton Hills
Andrews Scenic Acres is a family classic in the GTA and open seven days a week from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. Items open for picking range from flowers to vegetables, with today’s items being dahlias, gladiolas, sunflowers, blueberries, raspberries, pumpkin and corn. There’s a $5 admission fee per person and pumpkins are charged at $0.49 per pound.
Location: 3250 Hessen Strasse R.R. #1, St. Clements
Nauman’s is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s pumpkin crops are ready to be picked, so get your family or friends together this Thanksgiving weekend and spend a day picking pumpkins and drinking cider.
Location: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham
Reesor’s is one of the closer pumpkin farms to Toronto, and it’s open all of Thanksgiving weekend (including Monday). Pricing is fairly flexible and includes options such as $35 to fill a wheelbarrow with pumpkins, $25 to pick three pumpkins or $0.39 a pound.
Pingle’s Farm Market
Location: 1805 Taunton Rd., Hampton
Pingle’s Farm Market is open daily from 9a.m. to 6p.m. and also offers apple picking for those who aren’t looking to haul around pumpkins. Pingle’s is also celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, so stop by their market for some special Fall treats.
Location: 975 Regional Road 21, Port Perry
This one’s a bit of a trek from the city, but it’s totally worth it if you want that country escape. Willowtree is open on weekdays from 8a.m. to 7p.m. and weekends from 8a.m. to 6p.m.
Feature photo courtesy liz west via Flickr.