This is Apple Country
The South Georgian Bay region is perfect for apple growing. The valley on either side of the Beaver River protects the area from the most severe weather and the proximity of Georgian Bay moderates the coldest winter weather.
There is no better way to enjoy the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore our countryside and fall colours then this region! The Apple Harvest Festival takes place in the Blue Mountain Village & throughout the town of Thornbury during Thanksgiving Weekend, (Oct.12-14, 2019), as well as Harvest of the Arts in Downtown Collingwood. Another great event not to be missed is the Apple Harvest Craft Festival which takes place in Meaford, (Oct.5-6,2019). This annual event has become one of the largest in southern Ontario, attracting close to 200 artisans and crafters with a long waiting list wanting to participate. With a juried group of unique and talented craftspeople, you’ll discover a wide variety of creative work with little duplication!
South Georgian Bay, Mother Nature and human nature have teamed up to create perfect conditions for apple pie. By the warmth of wood fired kitchen oven, generations of bakers refined and traded their recipes creating a heritage of apple pie second to none. Follow the Apple Pie Trail , a conducive to self-guided, guided, adventure, culinary experiences or just sight-seeing! Download the digital map & brochure and start your Apple Pie Trail adventure today!
The Famer’s Pantry is open seasonally from May until October, and is the perfect place for picking apples! This family run market came from humble beginnings, with a roadside apple stand to all it is today. No longer a stand, The Farmer’s Pantry is continuously growing and expanding. With everything from pony and tractor rides, a mini-golf course, sand mountain, pick-your-own orchard experience, and a full farmer’s market – there is really an experience for everyone.
Buying Local Apples & Apple Goodies
Tk Ferri Orchards – This family business, it’s values and its harvest area an epitomic representation of this region, it’s beauty and its agricultural riches. Today the orchard covers 22 acres and is home to nearly 58 000 trees. Along with on-farm pressed Grandad Jack’s Apple Cider, a variety of hand-picked apples are available, in season, including Honey Crisp, Mac, Mutsu, Ambrosia, Gala, Cortland, Golden Delicious and a TK Ferri exclusive, Bay Beauty.
Grandma Lambes – Grandma Lambe’s famous pies are made from a secret family recipe handed down through the generations and their own orchard apples. Each pie is made in-house and by hand by a very dedicated team in the kitchen. A visit to Grandma Lambe’s is as much an adventure, because you’ll always find something new, as it is an experience –if the delicious look of the pies won’t get you…the intoxicating smell surely will. There’s also in season veggies & fresh on-site!
Ravenna Country Market – Well known for their homemade baked goods, a stop here for a must! Whether it’s for an apple, raspberry or rhubarb pie! Yum!
Thornbury Village Cider & Brew House – Produces award-winning, premium quality, Ontario craft ciders and beer.Since 2006, the historic facility has been nestled in the famous Blue Mountains in the midst of 7,500 acres of apple orchards. Open for tastings, tours & more!
Georgian Hills Vineyard – Their cider is made from unique varieties of heritage apples grown in the Beaver Valley.
Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery – In 2008 Coffin Ridge added cider production to their artful ways and began producing exciting, crisp and dry Forbidden Cider which are now available at LCBO outlets throughout Ontario. Their craft cider program has since expanded to include regular limited edition special releases exclusively available at their Tasting Bar.
Duntroon Cyder House – Produces classic English style amber coloured, crisp, off-dry, ciders. Crafted from their hand picked Duntroon Parish heritage apples, slow fermented and blended. They use “Y” in cider spelling to imply classic English Cyde.
Beaver Valley Cidery – Produces hand-crafted hard ciders from select varieties of heritage apples grown in their own orchard or supplied by local Georgian Bay apple growers, in a converted heritage barn that dates back to the 1870s. Open: May to December 31. Free tours available every Sunday at noon.