Another season of apple picking has arrived and thanks to the record-hot days we enjoyed this summer, our apples are bursting with flavour and sweetness. The timely rains we received in August have helped to crop size up. The orchard is positively tantalizing!
How will Covid-19 affect the apple season? This is a question we have been mulling over all summer long. After careful consideration, we are confident that we can offer a safe and enjoyable pick-your-own apple experience this fall. Rest assured, we have sought the advice of Public Health and other farm businesses to develop our safety policy and while some things may be different, you will find that much of what you love about visiting our farm has remained the same.
The big changes
Booking and Paying in Advance: This is the most significant change we have implemented. To avoid large crowds, we are limiting the number of people allowed on the farm at one time. We are asking that all guests book their picking time in advance and pre-pay for apples. This will help reduce crowd size, limit contact between staff and guests, and facilitate contact tracing if the need arises. Our prices remain essentially the same, however, the bags are being sold empty and will not be weighed.
Time Limits in the Orchard: To ensure fair access to the farm for all of our visitors, we ask that you respect a 60 minute time limit while in the picking area and 30 minutes for other activities for a total of 90 minutes per visit. Each vehicle will be given a card with the arrival time to display on the dash and staff will monitor the parking area.
Online Shopping: Guests who are not interested in picking apples but would still like to purchase apples and other goodies are encouraged to use our online shopping feature and pick up their purchase at the farm. By pre-paying for your purchase, we simply load your order into your car and you are on your way.
Rules in the Orchard: We will have additional staff on hand to guide you to the apple varieties that are ready for picking and check to ensure that you have purchased your apple bags prior to entry. Even though apple picking is done outside, we still ask that everyone respect physical distancing, sanitize hands before entering the picking area, and wear a mask if you are comfortable doing so. If a row becomes too crowded, staff will ask guests to wait outside the row until others have finished.
What will remain the same?
Apples: We have grown a delicious and beautiful crop of apples again this year, and still have over 20 varieties to choose from throughout the season. Please check the website to find out when your favourite variety will be available, or come with an open mind and try something new!
Activities: With some slight adjustments, we are still offering a corn maze, obstacle course, and pumpkin patch. The sheep still enjoy munching on corn husks and Lily the llama remains the guardian of the flock.
Pumpkins and Squash: Our pumpkin and squash crop is looking good and we will have many different edible and decorative types available.
Farm Shop: We have lots of new local products to offer this year, in addition to fresh baking, farm-fresh corn, preserves and fall decor.