Vaughan - October 17th, 2022 - As you know, by Labour Day of 2021, I had already declared the season as fall. So quickly after my first fall-farm visit to Dixie Orchards, I drove east on King Street then north on Innis Lake Road towards Albion Orchards Apple Farm & Country Market.
I drove up to the lovely white picket sign at the corner of the driveway, then turned left where I was greeted by a gorgeous white barn where the Country Market lay. On the left hand side of the barn was a great little play area for kids and families, as well as rows of apple trees just begging to be picked at. It was a busy day, with a lot of families around, so those trees definitely got what they wanted.
As if the music playing outside and the amazing staff members dancing and smiling weren’t enough to fill my cup, I stepped onto the old fashioned front porch of the market and was invited inside by the aroma of fresh picked apples and fresh baked pies just coming out of the oven. Inside the market, covered in wood and homey decor, you could find their famous pies, as well as specialty items like fresh apple cider, frozen meat pies, pumpkins, squash, zucchini and other seasonal vegetables. They also have local honey, pure Ontario maple syrup, Mennonite summer sausage, jams, preserves, and unique home and gift items!
There’s something special about Albion Orchards. Both Chatelaine Magazine and the Food Network listed this fruit grower as one of the top four apple orchards in Canada! Albion Orchards was established in 1967, and is open September, October, November and December. Plan to visit in the late summer and fall as soon as the apples are ready for harvest. In October apple season is in full swing. This is when the selection of apple varieties is greatest. They also have a small pumpkin patch, and Christmas trees in December!
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