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september 19, 2019

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An apple a day ...

Did you know that apples have existed in the wild since prehistoric times and as a cultivated crop for 3000 years? Because of its large, deep bodies of water in Lakes Ontario, Huron, Erie and Georgian Bay, Ontario is a leader in cultivating apples, with 20 different varieties grown on 16,000 acres across the province. Ontario’s top 5 apples are McIntosh, Gala, Empire, Red Delicious, and Northern Spy. Make some memories by heading out to pick apples with the family, and then bake pies, make apple sauce or just eat them fresh from the trees!


brooks_farm_article1_sept_192019.jpgWeirdly enough, while there are lots of PYO apple farms outside of the GTA, especially in the Collingwood area, and Niagara, the “fun-farms” tend to be clustered close to Toronto, so if you’re looking to make a day of it, the GTA is where its at. Chudleigh’s Apple Farm in Milton has PYO but also slides, farm animals, wagon rides & more!  Brooks Farms, Mt Albert has Animals, Train Rides, Zip Lines, and apples too! Applewood Farm & Winery Stouffville Corn Maze, Animal yard & wine, cider and meade. Downey’s Farm Market & Winery has Farm animals, wagon rides, play area, PYO fruit & festivals.


orchard_home_farm_article2_sept192019.jpgSW Ontario has some good options too. Orchard Home Farm - PYO Apples & Pears in St George is more of a late summer/early fall option; it opens daily, mid August - late October. You don't even need a ladder because their apples are grown on "Dwarf" and "Semi-dwarf" trees! Great Lakes Farms in Port Stanley is also open daily in the fall. It has PYO apples, pumpkins, and an awesome corn-maze. Apple Land Station, near London, has  PYO apples + farm animals and a train tour of the farm starting Labour Day.


cannamore_orchards_train_article-3_sept19_2019.jpgEastern Ontario has loads of beautiful farms – some of which have apple orchards. Avonmore Berry Farm has berry in its name but in addition to the U-Pick strawberries and raspberries, it also has apples & pumpkins. Cannamore Orchard in North Dundas has PYO or prepicked apples, and also strawberries & pumpkins and a cool train. Mountain Orchards near Ottawa has 25 acres with almost 10, 000 apple trees. You can PYO, take a wagon ride and more!


collingwood_apple_pie_trail_article4_sept192019.jpgCentral Ontario is one of the most important places in Ontario for commercial production of apples but it also has some fun places to PYO.  However, what it is known for is the Apple Pie Trail in the Blue Mountain, Collingwood & Meaford. This  award-winning apple-inspired regional trail unites art, apple history, food, ciders, treats, and apple pies at 28 local orchards, and other apple -focussed businesses in the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment along the shores of Georgian Bay. Hike, hike, paddle or cook and sink your teeth into delicious, crunchy apples!


Featured Events

St. George AppleFest

Sept 21-22, 2019
St. George (SW Ontario)

featuredevents1_sept192019.jpgDon’t want to pick your own apples? Come out to St George AppleFest and enjoy all things Apple! Yummy pies, fun crafts, entertainment, kids’ activities & more!

Apples & Art Studio Tour

Sept 28-29, 2019
Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (Eastern Ontario)

featured_event2_sept192019.jpgOne of the most colourful events of the year! Come meet and chat with over 80 artists and enjoy art in the spaces where it is actually created. Free Event.

Ruthven Apple Festival

Sept 28-29, 2019
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Ruthven (SW Ontario)

featured_event3_sept192019.jpgA fun fall day for all ages! Musical entertainment, children’s rides/games, Sat am breakfast, Sunday Car Show, 100+ craft/food vendors, Farmers Mkt. FREE parking & admission.

Featured: casino

featured_sept192019.jpgShorelines Casino Belleville, Shorelines Casino Peterborough and Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands are conveniently located just off of the 401.  Offering slot machines and exciting live table games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat. Looking for a high limit experience? Enjoy the Prive room! Come to play and stay for a meal at their All-You-Can-Eat Buffets or Restaurants.  Ask about their daily specials and promotions.  Shorelines Casinos, Where Ontario Comes to Play!



onlyinont_sept192019.jpg Did you know Toronto is home to a massive urban orchard with >1.5 million pounds of fruit grown annually in the city? This awesome organization called Not Far From The Tree connects people who have excess fruit to volunteers who are willing to pick and share it. The fruit pick is split equally among the tree registrant, the picking volunteers, and one of 35 social service agency partners, such as food banks, community kitchens, supportive housing programs, and community health centres.

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