I have a thing for apple picking. How can you not? There really isn’t anything quite as good as an apple just picked off a tree and the desserts you can make with these freshly picked apples once back in your cozy home.
My love for apple picking comes from cherished childhood memories. My mother grew up in the Easter Townships, and on the way to my grandparents’ house, we’d always see the beautiful trees of Rougemont and apple stands by the side of the road. I think I associate apple fields with the simplest ways of life. Especially since my mom still shows me the stand where my grandmother used to sell pies and such on the 112 every time we drive by. But enough about the memories, let’s get to it!
This Thanksgiving Weekend (Canadian, eh), I convinced my mom we should pay my aunt a visit, she still lives in her hometown. We drove there on a rainy Saturday, but I made her promise we would go apple picking the next day. After a lovely day visiting landmarks that marked my mom’s childhood (Chez Ben included), we had a lovely Thanksgiving supper at my aunt’s boyfriend’s place.
On Sunday, after saying farewell to our hosts, we finally went apple picking. At this point, I secretly wished we would find a field which also had pumpkin picking, but Google Maps wasn’t cooperating. Finally, we randomly made a stop Chez Le Roi de la fraise in Saint-Paul-d’Abbotsford and were delighted to see apples, pumpkins and squash available for picking at some great prices (better than the Market, may I add).
Although it was cloudy and not the best for picture taking, we managed to get some great produce out of our adventure and see some animals! I don’t think I had ever seen so many different kinds of squash at once and the pumpkins were so beautifully colourful!
The Eastern Townships hold a special place in my heart and I’m sad I don’t find the time to go more often. While I love my beautiful Laurentian’s for hiking and its stunning fall colours, I have to say the view of those townships is quite amazing. It’s the perfect fall getaway, a short drive away from Montreal. I recommend trying this apple orchard since it was off the beaten track and not too packed with tourists. Be sure to drop a line in the comments if you have some suggestions I should check out, I’m hoping to be back soon especially with the ski season right around the corner!