The more I get into the food the more I hate grocery stores. It sounds strange, I know, but in a way, it makes sense. Food, especially produce, is best when it’s fresh. And how much fresher can you get than straight off the farm?
As I dive further into my culinary journey, I try to make as many conscious choices as possible. I support Canadian farmers when I can, I buy meat when I know the animal was killed in a humane way, and I try to avoid large brand names. These choices come as I gain more knowledge about food, and develop a further appreciation for what I have. I am so lucky to live in a peaceful country where I have access to fresh food daily. So to make the most of it, my guy and I headed to King City to indulge in freshly picked apples.
Pine Farms Orchard is a short 30 minute drive from High Park. In no time we were pulling up to the busy farm and parking along the endless apple vines.
The rows of McIntosh, Empire and Red Delicious were inviting, with a busy day seeming like it was just the two of us there. It was hard not to pick every apple we saw, and harder not to eat them. Though it’s not uncommon to try the apples as you make your way through, we tried to limit ourselves.
“There’s two bags of apples here,” I kept saying. “We’re not going to eat these if we keep eating them here!”
But I was wrong. The plan was to go apple picking to make seasonal recipes. Instead we devoured two bags of apples two weeks. The taste of them was like no other – fresher than fresh. They were divine.
After this experience all I’ve been thinking about is going to another farm. It was such a fun experience, and a great way to escape the hustle of the city. And let’s not forget how amazing the apples tasted! If you live in the GTA, tell me what farms you would recommend in the comments below.
Do you go apple picking in the fall? What farms would you recommend going to outside of the city?
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