It must be getting close to fall. While in the garage the other day, I saw the scarecrow decoration, and wondered if it was too soon to put it up.
We decided to go apple picking today – I have missed it the last few years for one reason or another, and decided this year we were going to go, and set out today in the semi-rainy weather to give it a go.
There are a number of places to choose from if you live in the west end – here is a rundown of the top ten to choose from:
Orchalaw Farms: This farm offers scenic views of the Credit River, along with a play area, free wagon rides, and a promise that they grow everything they sell onsite. Farm opens September 10 and offers over 20 varieties of apples. They do have Pick Your Own available or 2016. Also carry squash and pumpkins (with a pumkin patch for the kids).
Al Ferri & Sons: These guys have been around for a long time. They gave free wagon rides in the past (not sure about this year) and have other things for sale such as baked goods, honey, jams preserves, pies and apple cider. Update: for 2016 there is no pick your own, but they do sell apples in the general store.
The Big’r Apple Farm: They have vegetable picking, as well as apple picking. Currently have tomato, sweet peas, eggplant, peppers and okra. Ready picked apples now available.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards: They open for apple and pear picking on September 3 (weekends and holidays only).
Downeys Farm Market: This is a great spot for a fun day with the family. With a corn maze, wagon rides, and an on site market. They have an orchard across the road for pick your own apples. They do birthday parties as well. They charge $9 per person (age 2 and up) for admission to the play areas.
Chudleighs: They have a play area for kids, wagon rides, and pick your own (apples) is already open for the 2016 season. You can bring a lunch, and make a day of it – they have a picnic area as well, host birthday parties, camps and school day trips.
Dixie Orchards: They offer ready picked apples, and a market with pies, preserves, bakes goods and various produce. Not open yet for 2016 – they have not updated their site, so I am not sure when they open in September.
Albion Orchards: Opens August 20 for pick your own apples. They have a Country Store and pumpkin patch as well.
Andrews Scenic Acres: They offer pick your own vegetables and fruits, with free wagon rides and lots of fun for the kids. Great place to spend a day. They also have a Market, and winery on site.
Springridge Farm: This farm has an incredible two story gift store that you could easily lose an hour in. They offer a wide variety of produce such as corn, apples, peaches, berries, but no pick your own. A worthwhile family outing.
Stonehaven Farms: They offer strawberry (over for 2016) and pumpkin picking. They have wagon rides, a corn maze and an onsite market.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with all that fruit – it didnt seem like much on the field, but now that I have it home, it seems like much more!