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Apple Picking in York Durham Headwaters! Plan Your Next Family Outing Picking Fresh Apples!


Information courtesy of Ontario Farm Fresh! Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and what could be better than taking in the crisp weather and picking even crisper, fresh apples? Apple picking is a fun autumn activity that makes for a great family outing and is done in the fresh, open air, so it has been deemed safe even during the pandemic. Local Apple Picking Farms: Applewood Farm in Port Perry, Brooks Farms in Uxbridge, and Natures Bounty Farm in Port Perry.

Autumn in central Ontario offers residents and guests to the region the opportunity to visit an array of charming orchards and farms, for special seasonal activities, including apple and pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and more. It’s the ideal time to escape the urban streets and rediscover the beautiful countryside. When visiting local farms and orchards this autumn, remember it’s important to plan accordingly and always follow a few etiquette do’s and don’ts. While many local farms and orchards sprawl across several acres of land, guests are expected to park only in areas specifically designated for vehicles. These parking restrictions not only are for the safety of the visitors, but also for the safety of any animals on property and are to help ensure none of the natural vegetation is harmed unintentionally. While your dog may enjoy a visit to a local farm and its lush acres, many farms have their own animals and prefer visitors don’t bring pets onto the property. However, some, like the Nature’s Bounty Farm in Port Perry, do allow for pet visitors but only in areas designated for pet walking. Please be respectful of the individual farm and orchard policies for pets. Only Visit Area Open to the Public It’s essential to remember that the farm or orchard is a working business and it may even have a private residence on the property. Guests should only visit areas clearly identified as open to the public. Some apple trees in regional orchards are several years old. While still fruit-bearing, these trees, as well as their younger cousins, should always be treated with respect. In Durham alone, more than 27 different varieties of heirloom apples grow. These produce the fruit to supply seasonal favourites such as apple cider, apple wine, apple dumplings, and unforgettably delicious caramel apples. When out enjoying an afternoon of apple picking, visitors should always refrain from climbing the fruit trees. Not only can it be dangerous, but it can hurt the tree. Let the kids burn off excess energy after the apple picking by taking advantage of other activities offered on the farm. Many, like Cooper’s Farm, have large corn mazes to explore, while some, like the Brooks Farm, have a Barnyard Playland just for kids. A family trip to the farm or orchard should be fun for all ages, but sometimes the younger ones can get restless. Even when the kids are in a designated play area of the farm, adults and parents are asked to supervise for the children’s safety and well- being. Play it safe and have fun! Take a wagon ride, explore the u-pick pumpkin patch, or simple enjoy some quiet time together away from the chaos of the city. If samples are allowed, take the time to remind children they’re visiting a working farm or orchard and the yummy fruit is the farmer’s livelihood. Before you head out to take in the various pick-your-own experiences, check the websites of the individual farm or orchard for specific hours and any special events. Keep in mind, due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the activities may not be fully available, as well, you may need to purchase tickets online. Make sure you check the locations website for more information to ensure a safe visit for all. Happy picking!

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