Answers to your most frequent questions.
Is Orchard Home Farm open year round?
We are open seasonally from late August until late October/early November (weather dependent).
We want you to enjoy the apples we grow at the peak of freshness, during the harvest season.
When does the orchard open for each harvest season?
We open in late August for our early apple varieties and kick off the primary part of the harvest season in early September.
How many varieties of apples and pears do you grow?
Currently, we grow more than 20 varieties of apples and pears. Some may be familiar favourites while others may be new to you and worth a try. From sweet to tart and everything in between, we offer a variety of apples and pears to suit everyone's tastes.
How do I know when my favourite apple and pear varieties are ready?
To find out when your favourite apple and pear varieties are ready for Pick Your Own and/or available Pre-Picked at our outdoor market, please bookmark our "Ready Now" page in your favourites.
You can also subscribe to our "Crop Updates" email list, for direct to your inbox updates throughout the harvest season (subscription link is at the bottom of this page).
NOTE: Each of the varieties that we grow can mature at different times throughout the season, and picking dates can vary from one year to another, so knowing the current season's dates is important.
What is the difference between "Pick Your Own" and "Pre-Picked"?
"Pick Your Own" apples are the varieties that we welcome you to hand pick in the orchard.
"Pre-Picked" apples are those that have been hand picked, fresh from the tree by us and are readily available at our outdoor market for your convenience.
Is there an entrance fee to come apple picking?
There is currently no entrance fee, you simply pay for what you pick in the orchard or purchase from our outdoor market.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Both cash and debit are accepted.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is designated parking, including accessible spaces for customers wishing to shop at our outdoor market.
There is also a lot, centrally located in the orchard with an abundance of parking spaces for customers who wish to park and walk amongst the trees to pick their apples. Here you will also find, pull wagons provided for use during your visit, they're great for toting your apples or wee ones as you explore.
Yet another option, is angled parking along the tree rows in the orchard, steps away from your favourite varieties.
Are there restrooms available for your patrons?
Yes, we have three public restrooms available in the orchard and one accessible restroom adjacent to our outdoor market building, steps away from the accessible parking spaces.
What is Farm Etiquette?
You are visiting a working farm and a business. As a guest, we ask that you kindly respect any rules and signs displayed on the property.
Please keep an eye on your children to ensure a fun and safe visit.
Kindly dispose of garbage and unwanted items in the waste receptacles provided throughout the orchard.
Do you sell apples/pears from the ground?
At Orchard Home Farm we do not sell, give away or use any fruit that has touched the ground, for the health and safety of our customers and our community.
Can I bring my pet with me?
For the health, safety and comfort of all of our customers we have a "No Pets Please" policy.
Trained and Certified service animals are welcome.