Apple picking season is in full swing ! A couple of weeks ago, we took the boys to the Watson farms in Bowmanville, Ontario for some outdoor fun. Just like summer, we like to dedicate one day of the week to family time. With winter just around the corner we are squeezing in as many outdoor activities as we can.Pick your own fruits & veggies is a fun Fall activity that we look forward to every year. We’ve done pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, and apples!
We’ve found the farm time to be an awesome bonding time for our family, it’s not something that hubby and I got to do when we were kids so we were as anxious as our kids to go experience corn mazes, tractor rides, petting horses and goats, etc…It’s not only fun for families, it’s also perfect for a romantic date with your significant other. Walking through rows of apple trees with no end in sight and the idea of Fall and falling fruits taking its full meaning … Don’t be surprised if you run into a few people that paused to enjoy a romantic kiss…
We’ve done this so many times now that I figured I should lay out the tips for all the outdorsy folks out there.
- Most of the farms on the list below will allow you to park in for free .
- It’s always a good idea to start with the store on the farm to see what kind of goods they have, you can find fresh almost everything: cheese, fruits, honey, vegetables and each farm will usually have a trademark item for instance fresh fruit pies.
- Check the weather before you go and dress accordantly.
- Have a plan for the apple you’re picking. Here are 50 ways to use apple this Fall.
- Many farms offer bags to pick up your apple, to be safe bring your own basket.
- Not all farms are free, research and be ready to pay an entry fee.
- You may want to bring some water as well as free roaming kids will use up energy .They will need to stay hydrated.
At the Watsons farm, the apple trees were somewhat far from the entrance so they had a tractor with a wagon that could sit about 30 people. Of course you’re free to walk the distance but who would refuse a free tractor ride.
As we got on the tractor and started jiggle-riding across the farm, you could see kids all over the tractor lighting up, family time, fresh air, happy kids, what’s not to like.
Best Apple Picking Spots Near Toronto
There are so many amazing farms around Toronto, that not only offer pick your own fruits, but also outdoor activities for the entire family. You can have picnics and or pet animals to name a few. Here is a shortlist of some of the best apple picking spots near Toronto. Many of them are just a few minutes drive from Toronto.
2287 Regional Highway #2
Bowmanville, ON. L1C 4V4
12416 McCowan Rd
8100 Steeles Avenue E.,
9528 Regional Road 25
Halton Hills, Ontario
14800 Innis Lake Road,
651 Scugog Line 2
Port Perry, Ontario
Have you gone apple picking? Where did you go and what did you love about it?