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From Farm to Table in the BoQ

Apple trees

This fall experience apple picking, local foods and fun festivals to celebrate our region’s bounty.

The sweet and spicy smells of fall are approaching – by this point, you’re probably dreaming of crunching leaves, big cozy sweaters, hot coffee, rubber boots, homemade soup and crisp, fresh, Ontario apples.

The season is upon us and it’s time to get ready to explore the apple orchards in the region. Would you like to go for a country drive, pick up some homemade pies or pick your own apples? Below is a list of places in the BoQ where you can do all of the above.

Remember to call ahead and and learn about the safety protocols in place for each place listed.

Apple tree

Apple Orchards

Pop in to appreciate the local produce and homemade treats or spend the day picking that perfect apple with the family. Check out the websites or social media pages linked below to plan your day; apple orchards typically operate seasonally, so they open to the public on certain dates.

Grills Orchards
886 Grills Rd, Quinte West

Grills Orchards is a short drive just outside of the Belleville core. They grow and sell fifteen of the most popular Ontario apples. While pick-your-own is not an option this year for safety reasons all varieties are available in the market store. Ask Diana, the owner of the orchard, about the best apples for baking, cooking and eating.

They also bake their own bread and pies each day and make mouth-watering fudge. On top of their own homemade products, they also sell local meats, cheese, honey, vegetables, ice cream, maple syrup, baked goods, jams and jellies (with sugar-free options available).

Campbell's apples and pumpkin displayCampbell’s Orchard & Country Market
1633 County Rd 3, Prince Edward County

Campbell’s Orchards is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! With their beautiful property, dogs, cats, and chickens running around (try to spot the sheep too), a corn maze, Apple Falls Cider, and an abundance of homegrown food available to pick or purchase, you can easily spend an entire day with the family here. They’re open all year and their products change with the season.

Dunnett Orchards
143 Dundas St, Brighton

The orchard is located just outside of Brighton and has over 100 acres filled with stunning apple trees. Pick your own or purchase Ontario apples, as well as other products like asparagus, tart cherries, raspberries, honey, apple cider and maple syrup. This spot is quiet, quaint and full of friendly staff and visitors.

Cricklewood FarmCricklewood Farm
14953 County 2 Rd, Brighton

Cricklewood Farm has been my go-to place since I could walk and hold an apple. They’ve grown a lot since then, now offering pick-your-own for 60 different apples, raspberry picking and pumpkin picking! They also have over six acres of corn mazes, a full playground for the kids and guided tours to learn more about the variety of apples on the property.

Like every orchard, you can’t leave without buying a local pie or snack. They sell their own apples, corn, raspberries (frozen and fresh depending on the season), pumpkins and squashes, baked goods, sparkling cider and jams.

(Country) Markets

How do you like them apples? Choose from homegrown and homemade apple sauce, apple fritters, apple crisps, apple pies, apple juice, apple cider, wildflowers, garden vegetables, chocolate, fudge, cheese, cookies, muffins, frozen fruit and even more pies. Need I say more?

Apple Gates Orchard
728 Stockdale Rd, Quinte West

Apple orchardApple Gates Orchard is a small family-owned and -operated orchard. They have been growing, picking and selling an array of Ontario apples since 1974. Their products are available for purchase at the farm gate and the Front Street Farmers’ Market in Quinte West.

Cheer Farms
365 Main St, Brighton

Cheer Farms is arguably the cutest roadside market in the region. The business is family owned and operated with the husband and wife team, Dave and Lorraine, holding the reins.

If they don’t grow it, they will be sure to bring it in from another local Ontario farmer/producer. In the little market, you will find homemade baked goods for sale as well as plenty of apples, strawberries, onions, potatoes, beets, corn and fruit baskets.

Belleville Farmers’ Market
Pinnacle Street, Market Square, Belleville

The Belleville Farmer’s Market has been running for nearly two centuries! What’s so special about this farmers’ market? It’s open all year round and hosts an array of local farmers, producers and artisans. The market runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the Market Square behind City Hall.

A lineup of stalls at the Front Street Farmers' Market
Photo credit: Front Street Farmers’ Market

Front Street Farmers’ Market
67 Front Street, Downtown Trenton

Located in downtown Trenton in the City of Quinte West, the Front Street Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am – 1 pm from May to the end of October. Buy local goods from the folks who grow and make them at this waterfront market.

Codrington Farmers’ Market
2992 County Road 30, Codrington

The Codrington Market is the destination for Brighton-area folks looking for farm-fresh foods. This rural market is just ten minutes north of the 401, open Sundays from 10 am – 2 pm from May to October. Grab some local Empire Cider while you’re there!

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.