The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the breeze is cool – it’s a perfect fall day, and what better place to spend it than along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario? You can enjoy the best of what fall as to offer along the Apple Tasting Tour and soak in the views of the greatest lake around (pun intended).
Start your day with a visit to Apple Town Farm Market. Their locally grown produce is the perfect way to fuel up for your day. Don’t forget to grab a glass of apple cider! Locally made and freshly pressed from Noto Fruit Farm and Cider Mill, it’s cider at its best.
Next, head off to Lagoner Farms for some old-fashioned Upick apples in the orchards. Enjoy a classic tractor ride to and from the orchards before finding the perfect apple. Available varieties rotate by weekend, so there’s always something fresh and delicious to grab off the tree. After, indulge your sweet tooth with a treat from their bakery or a piece of fudge – buy 1 lb., get ½ for free! If your stomach is calling for something more substantial, pay a visit to their farm kitchen and grab one of their homemade soups, salads, wraps, or hot sandwiches.
No visit to Lagoner is complete without stopping by Embark Craft Ciderworks. Founded by the passionate apple farmers at Lagoner, they produce cider crafted from local apples (and not much else.) Utilizing the unique tastes of heirloom and Old-World apples, their ciders are a taste of something new, and a blast from the country’s past. The Pippin cider is made from Newtown Pippin apples, which were a favorite of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson!
After, stop for a bite at the Saltbox Smokehouse, one of 2019’s restaurant sponsors. This smokehouse and deli smokes all of their own bacon, and they offer over 15 varieties of it! Choose from their breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu- or just order bacon by the slice to try them all.
Make your way closer to the lake with a stop at Young Sommer Winery. Known for their authentic and award-winning German wines, when you visit here you “come as a guest, leave as family”. They specialize in grape and fruit wines that embody the micro-climate around Lake Ontario’s shores. Their Senshu Apple wine was the first they produced and is considered the “Riesling” of apple wines.
End your day at Orbakers Fruit Farm, just across the street from the lakeshore. With over 130 years of farming experiences, they boast over 200 acres of farmland to grow the sweetest, juiciest fruits with little to no interference of pesticides. For more lake views, head down the road to B. Foreman Park. Dip your feet in and cool down or just enjoy the view- you’ve had a busy day!