We have modified our Pick-Your-Own format in order to comply with safe operating guidelines provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Ontario Ministry of Health and local Health Units. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our visitors, employees and family during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please read details below and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding!
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2020 Pick-Your-Own is Open daily 9am - 4pm
Our Pick-Your-Own opens Labour Day weekend and runs until approximately middle of October, depending on the harvest and weather conditions. Visit with family or friends to experience apple picking in our scenic orchard by the historic Rideau Canal. Each year, we work hard to grow our crop and to welcome visitors to our orchard -- please check out our apple picking information and rules below to ensure an enjoyable, safe experience for you and a healthy productive orchard for us! Remember: All outdoor activities involve some degree of risk - your safety and that of accompanying children is YOUR responsibility!
2020 Pick Your Own - Key Policies
- SELF-SCREENING FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS. Before coming to the farm, all individuals must complete a Covid-19 self-assessment. Do not come if you or anyone in your family has symptoms.
- FREE PARKING. Our onsite parking space is slightly reduced this year in order to separate the Entrance to and Exit from the orchard. Follow the signs into our rear parking lot and you will be directed to an available space. If our parking lot is full, you may Exit onto Highway 15 to find other parking nearby.
- FIXED PRICE PICKING into standard-size apple picking bags we provide at check-in. We will not be weighing the apples you pick, and you cannot use your own bags or containers this year. When you check-in, you can choose to pay for one or more Small picking bags at $13 (hold 10-12 lbs depending on size and variety of apple) or Large picking bags at $26 (hold 20-24 lbs). Entry to the orchard requires a minimum purchase of one Small picking bag and families with multiple adults must purchase one Small picking bag for every 2 adults entering the orchard.
- HAND HYGIENE. We will provide a portable hand-washing station and hand sanitizers. Please wash or sanitize your hands before entering and leaving the orchard.
- CUSTOMER TRAFFIC FLOW. You will enter the orchard at our PYO Kiosk, pre-paying for the apple picking bags we provide We will open one section of our orchard at a time, with arrows pointing up one row and down the next. Once you are done picking, you will use the designated Exit gate to return to your parked vehicle.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING. Please maintain 2 m social distancing at all times, following directional signs in the orchard rows A 'bubble' that arrives together should pick together as a group. We ask that pickers come in groups of 5 or less and from the same household, with a maximum 2 children aged 12 and under per adult. Be aware of other pickers ahead and behind you. If you wish to pass a party ahead of you, please let them know and maintain safe distance to pass.
- NO SNACKING OR SAMPLING APPLES. This is to limit hands touching faces. Public Health and Health Canada also advise that all fruits and vegetables should be washed before eating.
- FIDO STAYS HOME. This year we are not allowing dogs or other pets to accompany you into our Orchard or Farm Store, except for service animals.
- CO-OPERATION AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Persons not respecting our policies may be asked to leave. No refund will be issued.
- THANK-YOU FOR VISITING OUR FARM! Thanks for visiting this year and helping us all stay well – your family, our family, other farm customers, and our harvest team employees!
- If you wish to pick additional apples, you will need check-in again at our PYO Kiosk to purchase more bags.
- To visit our Farm Store after picking apples, follow the signs from the parking lot to the one-way pedestrian path leading to the store; there is a separate pathway leading back to the parking lot. Face coverings are currently required inside the store and we ask that you limit the number of people from your party coming inside to help us maintain social distancing and customer flow. Note that you can also Shop Online and pick up your purchases in-store with express pick-up. Kindly allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order.
Catch a glimpse of folks making memories at our orchard - fun for kids of all ages!