May Flower 2018

It was a very cold Winter, Spring of 2018 arrived 10 days later.  With the blessing of lovely warm weather for the last couple of weeks, our early apple Gingergold is flowering. All apple trees  are expected to be in full blossom in the coming  weekend. Pieter's Appleyard will be open Saturday 05/26/2018  from 12:00PM to 3:00PM for everyone. Admission is free, come and enjoy beautiful blossoms of our apples.

GingerGold flower 2018

2017 Season Completed with good note

2017 season started with wet and relatively cold weather, which had added difficulty on apple crop management.  After a very drought weather condition in 2016,  our apples are stressed across all cultivars. Luckily, with hard work from all our staff and precise crop management, we still come out with a reasonable harvest season.

A great news to our customers, we just received our   2017 report from OMAFRA , all test results  are far below  the limit. Our customers can enjoy our excellent tasting apples with a peace of mind.

Now 2017 season is closed, we thank all your support for your local farm!

See you in  2018.

Pieter’s Appleyard.

 

Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, from our families to yours. What is a better way to spend thanksgiving than spending a day with your family in our picturesque farm, picking fresh apples from our trees in such a beautiful fall-like weather. Let your kids roam around our fields and the trail while they enjoy the fresh air.  Better yet, bake an apple pie/cake with our apples to share with your loved ones!

Before winter set in, let’s go out and enjoy the weather.  We have varieties that have become available this weekend for picking:  Mutsu, Golden delicious and  Snow.  Varieties still available for picking are: Empire, Liberty, Cortland, Macoun,  Spartan.

Season Greeting

School is back, snack time returns.

Back to school shopping also means parents need to pack healthy snacks for our loved ones.   “An apple a day, chases the doctor away” is a very old saying and has endured the test of time.  What a better way to pack your kids, wife, or husband, a healthy snack — a fresh hand picked apple from our farm!

To add to their excitement, we’ve added a new item for their lunch bags: crispy apple chips.  There is only one ingredient in this tasty snack: fresh hand picked apples from our farm.  No sugar, nor preservatives are added.  The low heat process concentrates the sugars enhancing the flavor and earthy sweetness turning our apples into healthy snack.

hand picked apple chips

100% Apple Chips

Fresh Pressed Apple Cider Available in Coming Weekend ( 09/23/2017)

Pieter’s Apple cider

As expected, with the several different varieties of apples at our farm are ripening, our popular, blended apple cider will soon be pressed in the coming 4 weeks. Continuing the tradition, we make our apple cider with a variety of apples, which contributes to the complex flavor and sophisticated taste of blended apples.

The best part is that our cider has no added preservatives or sugars, but simply consist of 100% hand picked fresh apples.

 

Party Tent is up

Picnic Tent

To enhance our patron’s overall comfort and experience, we have added a party tent for our upcoming harvest season. The tent overlooks the beautiful Lake Ontario while patrons may sit comfortably in a shaded area to relax and enjoy the cool breeze blowing in from the waterfront.

A reservation for the picnic table is required. The first hour is free of charge and a fee of $10.00  per hour per picnic table is required beyond the first hour (subject to   availability). Please email info@pietersappleyard.com to book your reservation and for any other inquiries.

 

Much anticipated: Raw Apple cider vinegar

With much anticipation, our 100% blended apple cider vinegar is finally available in our store. Our apple cider vinegar only has one single ingredient: raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider.  With nature's helpful yeast, fruit sugar turns into alcohol, which is done through the process of fermentation.  The beneficial bacteria, also known as "probiotics"-turns the alcohol into acetic acid.  That's why cider vinegar tastes sour and has a pungent smell.  Our vinegar has been eight month in the making.

Our raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar still contains parts of the "mother", stringy mass of yeast and live bacteria left over from fermentation process.  Apple cider vinegar possesses amazing health benefits.

100% pure apple vinegar

Hand Crafted Apple Cider Vinegar

Peach ready for Civic holiday long weekend

early red haven
early red haven

Rain has been a descriptive word for this summer.  To do our part for the environment, we collect rain for our trees every year. This year, the water truck ( 1,000 litters ) is often overfilled with one rain fall while it usually takes a week or two in previous years.

With Jesse's painstaking care and effort, our peaches still are coming along nicely,  will be ready to celebrate our Civic Holiday long weekend.  With warmer weather forecast this coming week, you should be pleased to see how much these peaches will size up.

Apple and Pear are also ready for market in the Mid August, thanks to Jesse's persevering effort.

 

 

Paula Red
Pear

Cherry first year production

After 7 year since planted, our cheery trees are starting to produce fruits this year . Even Our cherry trees have never been sprayed, they are bearing plenty of sweet, juicy and healthy cherries. We had some cherries on the young trees in previous years, but they hadn't consistently yielded  much fruits. Now our clients could reasonably expect the trees to bring them some sweet and juicy fruits in many years to come!

Peach is a promising year for 2017 after almost no fruit in drought 2016.

Early apples: Paula Red , Yellow Transparency,
Silken are  coming along nicely, they should be ready for the market in a few weeks. Stay tuned...

first mature year cherry
A lot of cherry
tree with peach
Paula Red early apple

Hand Thinning Day Party

A torrential storm whipped through southern Ontario the evening before the hand thinning was scheduled, luckily the day after wasn't due for any rain. Our day started with a chilly windy and cloudy morning, but all of us were still eager for our designated apple thinning party: Michelle's family arrived at the farm before 9 AM after a 1.5 hour drive on the highway, wondering if Michelle's parents left their house earlier on Saturday than the  regular work day. With the beautiful weather of 25c, sunny blue sky with white clouds flowing by, it was a beautiful day to get outdoors. With this highly productive volunteer  day, Our GTA city folk were enjoying their needed outdoor exercise with lots of fresh air and plenty of sun light as well as a lots of walking.

After 20 years of managing the U-pick apple orchard, Jess has plenty to say. New bred Patrick is eager to learn. and Jess is happy to transfer the knowledge!

knowledge transfer

It takes 100% focus, and it's not as easy as it looks!

100% focus

it is husband and wife's decision: which one to thin?:

decision

It takes effort to reach high to perfect

reach high

Before Thinning

before thinning

It takes some hard work and nail breaking effort to get what we want!

after thinning

Our effort wouldn't be wasted, a bowl of fresh picked cherries is the reward before the apples are ready in August!

cheery tree with sunset