Apple Picking On Île d’Orléans

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The apple picking season begins in mid-August here and runs through to the end of October (weather permitting).

The farming community on Orleans Island (about 20 minutes outside of Quebec City) welcomes visitors with open arms.

Many farm employees don apple costumes and wave flags attempting to entice you into their orchards.

On Sunday September 19th 2010, my family queued to get on to the island and drove for about 20 minutes once we’d got across the bridge.

We chose one of the smaller orchards on Île d’Orléans with stunning views of Mont Ste Anne and the Montmorency Falls (chutes Montmorency).

The Ferme Raynald Drouin offered a vide variety of apples and, considering we were already a month in to the picking season, there were still tons left on the trees.

We spent an afternoon in the sunshine and collected 2 large buckets of apples including: Melba, Rouville, Rouge Transparente, Lobo, Yum, Wealthey, McIntosh, Alexandre, Wolfe River, Fameuse, Cortland Redcort, St-Laurent, Spartan, Hoeny Crisp and Empire.

This lot cost us a wallet-busting (tongue very firmly in cheek) $7 each.

A great family afternoon and the kids got excited about riding down to the orchard on a tractor too.

There’s only about three weeks left of the apple picking season so, if you have a couple of hours to spare,Île d’Orléans is the place to be.

Now, has anyone got any good apple recipes?

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Farm Details:

Ferme Raynald Drouin
Ferme Laitière et Érablière
4401 Ch. Royal, Ste-Famille
Île d’Orléans (Québec)  G0A 3P0

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Face au 4552 Ch. Royal,
Ste-Famille, Île d’Orléans
Tel: (418) 829-2401
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Article: Andrew Greenfield
Photos: Andrew Greenfield

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