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Apple Picking Tips for Families

ROB ALEXANDER, Nature’s Bounty

Fall is the most beautiful time of year in Scugog. There’s a crispness in the air, and the leaves have started to turn vibrant hues of red and yellow. Farmers’ fields have all turned shades of amber and gold as the harvest approaches. This is the time to get out and explore all that our area has to offer, and a fall family outing just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a local orchard for fresh apples.

Nature’s Bounty has been the go-to spot for local families to make memories of picking apples and pumpkins for over 25 years. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, minutes from Port Perry and Whitby, the farm boasts more than 20 varieties of delicious apples as well as a pumpkin patch, corn maze and a flock of friendly sheep.

If you get a chance to visit Nature’s Bounty or any other orchard in the area, here are some great tips to make the most of your outing.

Try something new: Everyone knows the classic McIntosh and Cortland and the now-famous Honeycrisp, but there are so many interesting varieties of apples grown in our region. Don’t be afraid to expand your horizons! Try a crunchy and tart variety like Crimson Crisp or a sweet and aromatic Ambrosia. Your new favourite is just a bite away.

Respect the rules: If you’re visiting a farm for the first time (or even returning for an annual visit), call ahead or check online for rules and etiquette. Each farm is different! Farmers open their gates to visitors, but access is a privilege. Make sure to follow all posted signage and listen to staff there to make sure everyone’s visit is safe and enjoyable.

Ask Questions: U-Pick farms exist to provide people with the freshest produce and help connect visitors with their food. You should feel free to ask the farmer or staff about how the crop was grown and what challenges they had to overcome. You might learn something new and gain a new appreciation for local food.

Avoid Wasting Food: Farmers work all season long to produce their crops. When you pick-your-own produce, make sure to pick carefully and avoid dropping or bruising other fruit. Food waste has a negative impact on the environment and prevents the next person from enjoying the same experience.

We hope to see you out enjoying all that this season has to offer!

Nature’s Bounty Farm 651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry

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