Apple picking is the perfect fall date/outing and a great way to collect a variety of apples for some of our favourite apple recipes.
Just because it is getting cooler out doesn’t mean it is time to hibernate just yet. Fall has a ton of great produce to offer and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors before winter settles in. This year my husband and I decided to spend a few hours on the first day of October picking apples and enjoying the fresh air.
I think it is incredibly important to do new things together when dating, married or as a family. Life experiences for me equals happiness, particularly when I share them with people I love. This fall my husband and I ventured out of the city of Toronto (about an hour) to Nature’s Bounty Farm. The farm offers apple picking, some seasonal produce and a corn maze to boot. Overall an amazing day!
Here are a few tips I have learned to make sure your apple picking Perfect Fall Day Date is a success…
We originally were heading to Organics Family Farm, but when we arrived we saw a sign that said no apple picking today (apparently they were in between varieties). They had not posted anything on social media or on their website about this and we were disappointed and frustrated upon arrival to find out we couldn’t do what we drove over an hour to do! Luckily we live in an age of smart phones, so we were able to find another farm, Nature’s Bounty Farm, about 20 mins away that turned out great. Calling ahead would have probably avoided all the frustration and time wasting.
Do A Bit Of Research
When I was looking at all the different apple picking places I noticed there were some key differences with respect to ‘the experience’. Some were clearly geared to families and young children, others had more produce to pick/purchase, etc. So before going, figure out what you want your day to look like and read reviews. A friend of mine who had never gone apple picking either decided to try her luck at Chudleighs, which is a well known place in Milton, west of Toronto for Pick Your Own (POY). She told me how, despite arriving just as the farm was opening, cars were lined up down the street to get into the parking lot. Carloads of children and families made for a more hectic experience (although she said she still had a great time).
Bring A Bag?
Some places charge extra if you want to use their bags or baskets to collect your produce, so be sure to read the fine print on their website.
Many of the farms and sometimes the weigh stations are out in fields so not every place will have a debit or credit card terminal on hand. Best to bring some cash just in case (and to help keep farmer costs down as well). We ended up with a ton of apples (probably 30+) and only paid $12 and some change. We also bought some beautiful pumpkins and garlic as well for another $12…can’t help myself when fresh beautiful produce is in front of me 🙂
Make A Plan
Making a plan was something I learned after the fact as I am currently sitting on a mountain of apples and unsure of what to do with all of them. Before you go out picking, figure out what you want to do with all your beautiful produce so it doesn’t go to waste. Also, be aware that there are many varieties of apples and certain types of apples work better in certain dishes. A new favourite variety of mine is called Wealthy which is a bit tart, but still very sweet.
Check out a few favourite Two Kooks In The Kitchen apple recipes below!!
Two Kooks Apple Recipes!
Looking for something to do with all your newly picked apples? Why not try try one of these great recipes…