Exactly two years ago my family and I discovered an amazing place – Avalon Orchard, an ORGANIC pick-your-own apple orchard. Why am I so excited about this? Because this is the only organic apple orchard in my area! We do have lots of local orchards with delicious apples, but if I have an access to an orchard which is not too far from where I live and organic, then that’s where I am going to pick my Rosh Hashana apples from! First of all the location is great, its located in Innisfil, Ontario which is only 40 minutes from Vaughan (where I live). This orchard is located in a beautiful quite place full of trees and gorgeous hiking trails. They even have a sky diving area and a great farmers market really close by.
The apples are yummy and the price is great! $1.69/lb ($1.49 if you buy over 20lbs of apples), ohh and they don’t have any admission fees! Our first trip to this orchard was on September 8th 2012 and since then we are happy returning customers. The orchard is huge with tons of trees with more than 10 different kinds of apples. What I like about this orchard in particular is the way they plant certain types of apples which are naturally resistant to bugs and fungi to insure they stay organic and in order not to use synthetic pesticides. This is why you’ll find apples that you don’t usually see in stores.
The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold; typical of this time of year. Our girls enjoyed it very much too especially our 3 year old who couldn’t stop picking the smallest apples she could find just because they are so cute and delicious! We picked 3 kinds of apples and they are all yummy and juicy, great for juicing, smoothies, baking and salads. So we are all ready for the upcoming Rosh Ha Shana, The Jewish New Years, when we have a custom of eating lots of apples dipped in honey, a symbol of a sweeter year to come.
Check out this orchard you will not regret it!
P.S. Here is their address and contact info:
3150 5th line
Owner/Proprietor: Gaye Trombley
They are open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm during harvest season (end of August til mid October)