Tips to Help You Get the Most from Your Orchard Visit

  1. Check with us before coming out. Visit our Facebook page or call us and our answering machine will have a crop update.
  2. If no one is in the yard when you arrive at the farm, please wait; we will be back soon.
  3. All fruit is picked on a first-come, first served basis.
  4. Bring your own containers if you have them.
  5. There is a cover charge for people wishing to tour the farm, walk the labyrinth, or take part in activities other than purchasing fruit.
  6. Dress for the weather. Our orchards can be wet with dew in the morning or after a rain.
  7. Bring mosquito repellent.
  8. This is a country setting and you may encounter bees or wasps. If there are allergies, please bring the required medications.
  9. Wear shoes, not sandals. We do not spray in our orchards. You may encounter the odd thistle or a sheep may have left a calling card.
  10. You are visiting a farm and may encounter our farm animals – you should not approach them unless invited to by the staff. We have a dog, Blue, in the yard.
  11. Please leave your pets at home! There can be conflict between pets and farm animals, resulting in injuries to our animals or your pet. Some of our clients are uncomfortable around dogs.
  12. Children should be kept with you always and are not permitted to roam the farm at random. Please do not allow your children to climb in the trees.
  13. We will have samples of the fruits for tasting; please do not sample apples in the field. It is very disheartening to us as orchardists to find our apples on the orchard floor with one bite out of them. We know which apples are ripe and will have those cultivars picked and ready for purchase. People wasting fruit will be asked to leave the orchard.
  14. Those that pick fruit are able to use our press to make juice. If you think you may like to make juice with your apples, please let the staff know when you arrive at the farm so we can direct you to the apples that make the best juice and to make sure the press will be available, as other folks may be booked in to use it.
  15. Apples grow on the same branch or spur on successive years. If these spurs are removed it will greatly diminish the crop the following year. You will be shown the correct picking technique. Pickers who do not follow instructions and damage the trees will be asked to leave the orchard.
  16. Those that pick fruit are able to use our press to make juice at half the regular press rental rate. If you think you may like to make juice with your apples please let the staff know when you arrive at the farm so we can direct you to the apples that make the best juice and to make sure the press will be available as other folks may be booked in to use it.
  17. There are picnic facilities available, so bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Washroom facilities (outhouses) are available.
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