It's the season to get outdoors and take the family to a nearby orchard to pick your own apples! We are spoiled with the choice of orchards around Ottawa and at the end of this article, you'll find a list of various orchards you can venture to this weekend.
Before heading out on your apple picking adventure, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Call ahead for availability! They do tend to sell out quickly and some orchards have extra restrictions for COVID-safety.
2. Check the weather- you can pick apples in any weather, but plan and dress accordingly for the weather. If you're headed to an orchard first thing in the morning, wear layers so that you're warm in the morning but can shed them as the sun comes out.
3. Ask the orchard which apples are ripe because they are all ready at different points in the season.
4. Use the outing as a learning opportunity- there are tons of activities and books linked to how seeds grow and where our food comes from. Help your child start to make these connections about where our food comes from.
- AppleStock Orchard (Winchester) Open seven days a week, 9am-5pm, with McIntosh apples.
- Avonmore Berry Farm (near Casselman) Featuring free wagon rides in the afternoon.
- Cannamore Orchard (near Casselman) A family-run farm east of Ottawa. They planted their first 500 apple trees in 1982 and have expanded the orchard several times over the past 30 years. Check out other special events and attractions during the fall.
- Dekok Berry Farm (Owners have retired to enjoy the fruits of their labour (pun intended))
- Ferme Dagenais (Embrun) A biodynamic farm since 1998, offering organic apples. A note posted to their website this year says there are still apples but they’re higher in the trees “for people who are willing to work a little harder”.
- Hall’s Apple Market (Brockville) A family-owned farm established in 1947. Twenty-nine varities of apples on 80 acres of orchard. They do weekly deliveries to Ottawa locations too.
- Log Cabin Orchard (Osgoode) Named for a log cabin on the property that was the original homestead of Clarke Moses, an Irish immigrant who settled the farm in the early 1800’s.
- Mountain Orchards (Kemptville) Mountain Orchards was originally established in 1932. The majority of the apple trees were direct descendants of the original McIntosh tree, first discovered by John McIntosh in Dundela, Ontario, in 1829.
- Orleans Fruit Farm (Orleans) Open Saturdays and Sunday in September, this is a really convenient and familiar landmark for east-enders. It’s located on St. Joseph Blvd just east of the Rockliffe Parkway.
- Pine Hill Orchard (Bourget) You can make your own cider on their Amish press. Also features wagon rides and a picnic area.
- Pinewood Orchards (Kanata) Conveniently located on Herzberg near March Road near all the high tech offices in Kanata North. Several different varieties of apples from our 800+ full-size trees, most of which are more than 50 years old. There’s also a small market with fresh fruits and vegetables. Open 7 days a week in season.
- Verger Croque-Pomme (Thurso, Quebec) Over 4 hecatres of orchards, with new varieties added every year.
- Domaine Cleroux (Casselman) About 40 minutes east of Ottawa. Often puts on events for family and children.