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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Apple picking in Durham. You can do it by GO train and GO bus


When I posted this photo on Instagram, I had to make sure I pointed out that it was staged. I did *not* throw an apple. Problem is, I was a real trouble-maker as a kid and hands down, my mom and dad, when shown the picture, would have called me, tsking, "Some things never change". It's a legacy I can't live down.

I've become a huge supporter of local area farms within a cycling or GO bus distance to my house in Courtice. The photo above was taken at Archibald Orchard on North Liberty Street in Bowmanville, a 35km round-trip bicycle ride from my house. Because I can't ride back with a 1/2 bushel of apples, hubby met me there with the car. Recently I was asked by a follower on Twitter if he were to gather the family and travel from their downtown condo to apple pick without renting a car, how would this be done, on a Saturday?

And surprisingly, it can be. GO train to Oshawa, catch the Newcastle 90 and exit the bus at Maple Grove Road on Highway 2 in Bowmanville. Watson Farms is just west of the bus stop. You can't miss it as the bus travels right past it. There's all kinds of "pick your own" produce and a play area for kids. Bring a suitcase for easier transport of your fruits and vegetables!

I have no idea how one would use GO Transit to apple pick anywhere else in the GTA but this farm is right on a route, and if you're also a downtown Toronto dweller that randomly reads my site, please try the Paula Reds, they are delicious at this time of year!

4 comments:

Squiggles said...

I'll have to check it out! I normally go to a farm not far from my parent's house but it is an hour-ish drive from Durham Region.

Love the fresh fruits and veggies, so yummy.

But GO train/bus, I suggest one of those carts on wheels to lug everything home. Especially if you go nuts.

Skin Man said...

I love going to u-picks; especially in the fall! This was a really neat story btw - well done!

Marymary Millidweeb said...

I must say Cindy all the cycling is showing! Way to go!

C.J. Smith said...

THANKS MARY

Hey Skin - I try to spin the best I can!