2022 Ultimate Guide to Apple Picking in and around Windsor, Ontario
Apple picking season has officially begun!!!
WindsorEats has put together an ultimate guide to help you do your own picking in the Windsor-Essex area. From the best places to go on your apple picking adventure to some helpful tips to know before you go and for when you’re on the farm, we’ve got you covered.
MELEG’S LAKEVIEW ORCHARD AND CIDER MILL
This 65-acre farm is more than just pick-your-own. Meleg’s Lakeview Orchard offers freshly squeezed apple cider and also frys hot cinnamon donuts on site! While you pick your own apples, you might as well take advantage of the end of the raspberry season, for victory!
For nearly 90 years now, Thiessen Orchards have offered a choice of 8 different apple varieties. The farm is also filled with a whole host of family activities. General admission is good for weekends and Thanksgiving Monday with kids 2 and under free.
General admission includes tractor rides to the orchard, fun acre with running barrel train, putt putt golf, corn maze, springboard, outings with farm friends and a haunted barn (surcharge).
If you’re an adult, when you’re done picking your apples at Wagner Orchards, be sure to stop by their store to pick up some of their ciders and wines. Absolutely delicious!
They also have their own bakery which bakes delicious treats like strudels and pies and offers their own fresh Berkshire pork and beef.
Open since 1969, Abbruzzese Apples is located at the intersection of Upcott Rd. and Highway 3 between Kingsville and Essex.
This little-known orchard is located in Essex, between Belle River and Lakeshore. If you are considering a visit to Kennette Orchard, just a word of warning to keep your pets at home.
PATILLO APPLE ORCHARD
The Patillo Apple Orchard is such a beautiful property just minutes from Tecumseh and well worth the visit for some tasty and crispy apples.
BRING THE KIDS
Transporting children to the farm is a great family activity and can provide a great lesson in where food really comes from.
EARLIER IS BETTER
We mean this for both time of day and time of season.
Arriving at the farm earlier in the day will help you avoid most large crowds. Plus, if you go picking in September rather than October, you’ll also have a better chance of getting the best-ripened apples you thought were only in fairy tales.
BE READY FOR THE WEATHER
Rain or shine (picking apples on a rainy day can be fun, beautiful, and make for great photos), be sure to watch the forecast and prepare well for what it will be like.
September weather can be unpredictable at times, so we recommend that you dress in layers.
NOT ALL FARMS HAVE FOOD
Do your research before heading out with the kids. Just because it’s a farm doesn’t mean they’ll have food to buy. Save yourself the hunger by knowing ahead.
IF POSSIBLE, BRING YOUR OWN BAGS
Not all farms allow this, but if possible, it’s best to bring reusable bags. This helps reduce waste and even helps farms by saving them from distributing and using fewer bags. And why not help the environment with such a small gesture? !
BE A RESPECTFUL APPLE PICKER
Chances are some of the best apples are out of reach. Use an apple picker, please! Don’t shoot apples or branches. Don’t jump on the tree. Do not shake the tree or the branches.
When you pull or shake the tree, many other apples will scream on the ground, which will cause a lot of waste. When possible, if picking your apples causes a few to fall, scoop them up, wipe them up, and take them home to enjoy. ”
The main thing is just to keep in mind to respect the trees and the farm.