Apple picking is one of my favourite fall traditions since I love everything apple and baking apple pies. It’s so fun to get out on a beautiful, crisp autumn day and pick some apples. Mountain Orchards is located in Mountain, Ontario, just outside of Kemptville about 45 minutes south of Ottawa.
Mountain Orchards grows a huge variety of apples from late August to mid October. Macintosh is my favourite so we usually go around the first weekend of fall when they are at their best. You can always check on their website or call to see what varieties they are picking daily and when they may run out of a certain type of apple. Also be sure to arrive early before 10am on weekends otherwise it gets very busy! Mountain Orchard also prices by the bag not by weight so you know exactly how much you’ll be paying. So it’s always best to fill your bag up as much as possible to get your money worth. For 30 lbs of Macintosh it was about $50. We did a big 20 lb and a small 10 lb bag. It may be a bit more expensive than buying them at the grocery store but they taste so much better picked fresh and it’s a nice activity to kick off the autumn season.
They also have a little store where you can buy freshly made apple cider doughnuts which are delicious! Also they have apple cider, pies, jams and apple butters for sale as well as pre picked apples if you don’t want to pick your own. If you’re hungry for more than sweets they also have a BBQ with Oktoberfest sausages that have been mixed with apple sauce that are delicious.