The sun is shining, the sky is clear, the air is crisp- it’s a perfect fall day, spend it along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Get ready for a month filled with fall fun. The 26th Annual Apple Tasting Tour is kicking off early this year. On Friday September 29th you can begin collecting all your sweets, treats and Apple Jumble letters from each stop.
Start your day by stopping in to The Apple Farm Stand at Stonegoose Farms for an apple cider fried cake and some fresh apple cider. Then head out into the orchard for U Pick apples, don’t forget to say hi to the farm goats and miniature horse! Stock up on their delicious baked goods to enjoy with your friends and family.
Just around the corner is Doyle Farms Market Café & Creamery. This third-generation family farm is a pleasantly unique place to visit. Whether it’s sampling their homemade ice cream, baked goods, sandwiches or simply sipping a coffee in their newly renovated market, you’ll leave happy.
Next head over to Sodus Point and check out Youngman Orchards Farm Market’s new location! Growing since 1922 Youngman has a great line up of fruits, veggies, local meats, dairy- products, seasonal goods and so much more! Grab a treat from their on-site bakery to enjoy on their outdoor patio.
Time for lunch? Swing on over to Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Café to enjoy a farm-to-table meal. Pick up fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables. Grab some goodies from their in-house bakery. Burnap’s is a great stop for the kids with a large play area, plus the goats and chickens add to the experience.
Take a quick break and head down the road to B. Forman Park to experience the endless unobstructed lake views. Walk along the shoreline, skip a couple rocks and if you have kids joining you, they’ll love the playgrounds!
Jump back in the car and head off to Orbaker’s Farm Market, with five generations of farming experience they grow the sweetest, juiciest fruits with little to no interference from pesticides. A perfect stop for a foodie to gather the ingredients needed to create your very own farm-to-table meal that your family will love.
Now make your way over to Lagoner Farm Market who have been supplying fresh homegrown produce for over 100 years. Indulge your sweet tooth with a treat from their bakery, or enjoy one of their homemade soups, salads, wraps or hot sandwiches from their farm kitchen. Step out into the fresh fall air for U Pick apples in their orchards. Home of Embark Craft Ciderworks where they produce cider crafted from local apples, and not much else. Their ciders are a taste of something new and a blast from the country’s past.
Take the short drive over to Young Sommer Winery, known for their authentic and award-winning German wines. They specialize in grape and fruit wines that embody the micro-climate around Lake Ontario’s shores. Their Senshu Apple Wine is considered the “Riesling” of apple wines, and it’s delicious. As they say “Come as a guest, leave as family”.
End your day with a delightful dinner from The Saltbox Smokehouse, who offers over 15 varieties of bacon smoked in-house. Savor an entrée from their dinner menu or order bacon by the slice to try them all!
Another great dinner option is The Bay Street Restaurant located right in Sodus Point. This fine dining establishment with a Key West flair is known for their extensive Martini Bar. With over 180 martinis to choose from, there is something for everyone (21+ of course) to fancy. Grab your family and friends to experience all the flavors during tasting weekend which takes place Friday October 6th through Monday October 9th. Don’t forget an apple a day keeps the doctor away.