Support your local farmers! Pick fresh apples and more close to home @FoodlandOnt

Apple PickingDid you know that you can enjoy apple picking right here in Toronto?

Whether you’re looking to make apple pies for Thanksgiving, candy apples for Halloween or just to have fresh and healthy snacks on hand, there’s plenty of places across the GTA to pick your own apples.

Apple Orchards in the GTA:

Applewood Farm Winery – Stouville, ON
Pine Farms Orchard – King City, ON
Watson Farms – Bowmanville, ON
Albion Orchards – Caledon, ON
Willis Family Fruit Farm – Milton, ON
Organics Family Farm – Markham, ON

Here are some Apple picking tips, to help you get started! For more visit Foodland Ontario.

Call first: Certain apple types may not be available due to demand and orchard hours can change without notice.
What to bring: Some farms provide containers for carrying the fruit home, but it’s not a bad idea to bring them yourself. Comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty are a must, and keep the weather in mind: pack a sweater for cooler days, and bring sunscreen.

Buying & storing: Choose firm apples that do not have any wrinkles or bruises. Apples can keep for up to a year when stored properly. Store small amounts in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to a month, while larger amounts should be stored in a cellar, fridge or insulated garage, making sure the temperature stays consistent at just above 0 C. Don’t let apples sit on top of one another or they’ll bruise. Remove any apples that have over ripened or have soft spots as they’ll begin to turn the other apples (the saying “one rotten apple spoils the bunch” didn’t come from nowhere!)

Freezing apples: Coat 1 L (4 cups) of peeled, sliced apples with 1 ml (1/4 tsp) ascorbic acid powder and 25 ml (1/4 cup) cold water. Coat fruit on all sides, then toss with 25 ml (1/4 cup) granulated sugar. Pack, label and freeze for up to one year. Before using, frozen apple slices should be thawed for approximately one hour.

Apple types: Some of the most popular types of apples are McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Empire, Idared, Crispin (or Mutsu), Golden Delicious, Spartan, Cortland and Northern Spy. Northern Spy is the most common type of apple used in baking. Check with the orchards to see what varieties they have available.

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