Three Apple Growing Areas
Some of the best tasting apples in Eastern Canada can be found in our orchards located in three areas of Prince Edward Island conducive to growing apples. On our Apple Trails you’ll meet each grower and learn a bit about their orchard. The trails and growers are listed in order as one travels across the Island from west to east. In addition there’s Off the Beaten Trail for orchards located in little pockets of apple growing heaven.
|Everyone knows Malpeque Oysters are some of the best in the world. What you may not know, is some of the best apples come from there as well, for both the same reasons. Malpeque Bay is a shallow bay that warms early and stays warm into the fall. Combining the warm breezes from the bay, the low hills on the west shore, and that perfect P.E.I. soil gives you some great tasting apples.|
Grower: John Brady, 795 Canada Road, Tyne Valley • 902-831-2330 • email@example.com • Brady’s Farm Facebook
Our small, family-operated orchard contains 15 varieties which ripen between mid-August and late October. Tree-ripened fruit is picked and packed for sale at our farm gate, as well as in Summerside at Compton’s Vegetable Stand and on Saturday mornings at the Summerside Farmer’s Market.
VARIETIES: Russet, Northern spy, as well as 13 more varieties noted in the Apple Chart.
Growers: Barry and Carol Balsom, 1158 Route 167, Arlington • 902-831-2965
Arlington Orchards was established in 1992 on a farm that was in our family for nearly 200 years. The first plantings consisted of McIntosh and Cortland, and each year since then we have added other apple varieties, or have tried out new rootstocks on which to grow the varieties. We also grow plums and pears in our orchard which covers over 50 acres in total. We offer a U-pick in September and October with Radio Flyer wagons for your convenience to pick your apples, school tours, free hayrides on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and other fun activities.
VARIETIES: Red Astrachan, Dolgo Crabapples, Melba, Joyce, Kestrel, Macoun, Wolf River, Ambrosia, Lodi, Sandow, Coxs Orange Pippen, Gloster 69, Alexander, Smoothee, Bethel, Wealthy, Fameuse [ Snow], Duchess, Empire, Hume, as well as 14 more varieties noted in the Apple Chart.
|Charlottetown and orchards have gone hand in hand almost as long as there has been a Charlottetown. The curious fact about orchards in this trail area is that they tend to produce a redder apple. Growers call a branch that produces redder apples a “sport”. This redness is due to a genetic fluke. In the 1950s the Stewart family’s Newland Farm produced one of the first “Red Cortland” in the world. Before that the Smallwood Orchard produced a Red Pewaukee, known locally as the “Brighton”. Both of these orchards have fallen to the city’s expansion but there are still orchards on the outskirts. You too may find a redder variety.|
|Beamish Orchard www.beamishorchard.ca
Grower: Mike Beamish, 2100 Route 248, Warren Grove • 902-566-4135 • firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a certified organic orchard with just under three acres of apple trees. Our first trees were planted in 1990 and we practiced integrated pest management from the beginning until finally progressing to full organic certification in 2006. We have planted scab-free trees. We are a small family-operated business; our five children have worked alongside us and continue to help out evenings and weekends. We were new to farming and have learned many things. We’re happy to share our experiences with you. Visit our website to learn more about our orchard.VARIETIES: NovaMac, Redfree, and Liberty as listed in the Apple Chart.
Grower: Mark Ashley, 906 York Road, Route 25, York • 902-629-1520 • email@example.com
Our neatly kept orchard is located in beautiful York, only a short drive from Charlottetown. You are invited to take a picnic lunch as there is ample space to relax and a clean washroom is provided. Apple cider, produced on our farm, is available year round and sure to become a favorite from the first sip! Open throughout September and October.
VARIETIES: William’s Pride, Greensleeves, Empire, and eight varieties listed in the Apple Chart.
|This is Prince Edward Island’s oldest growing area, dating back to the 1780s with the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists to The Three Rivers area. The sandy loam warms quickly in the spring, Cardigan Bay and its estuaries modify the Island’s climate, giving The Three Rivers area the mildest climate and one of the longest growing seasons on the Island. This combination of soil and climate provides excellent apple growing conditions.|
|Macphee’s Orchard www.macpheesorchard.com
Grower: Richard Macphee, 5151 Launching Rd, Cardigan • 902-583-3203 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Our orchards are designed for u-pick with 4,000 trees pruned for easy picking and the best quality apples we can grow in our climate. We practice organic and ecological apple production methods. Over 40 varieties ripen throughout our season from mid-September to early November.
VARIETIES: Empire and Cox’s Orange Pippin are two of our main varieties along with 10 others listed in the Apple Chart. The remainder are a mix of new and heritage varieties.
|Maple Farms www.maplefarms.ca
Grower: Barry Hanaveld, 494 Route 17, Lower Montague • 902-838-2345 • email@example.com
Our farm began as an experiment in the early 40s before it was acquired by the late Bert Haneveld in 1952. A mixed farm, it went through many changes—through years when apples were $2.00 a bushel many different crops were tried in an effort to keep the farm in business, forest products, corn, pickling cucumbers,strawberries,bedding plants, and eggs which, for a time was a sustaining force until the late 80s when other family members took over that part of the farm. Plums and pears have over time been removed due to weather or other problems. But apples were the core crop that was the foundation off what is still there today.Our U-pick is open September to early November.
VARIETIES: Melba, red and yellow Crab Apples as well as four varieties listed in the Apple Chart.
|There are little pockets of apple growing heaven sprinkled around the Island. Since they are not located on any of our three recognized trails we have created this “Off the Beaten Trail” section.|
|Olde Towne Orchard
Growers: Marc Brunet and Josée Renaud, 257 Warburton Road, Fredericton PE • 902-621-0732 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The apple orchard is located on a designated scenic heritage road in the beautiful rolling hills of Fredericton P.E.I. sheltered with mature trees, a running brook with a comfortable pick-nick area. The apple orchard features 650 apple trees. Our u-pick is open from mid September to end of November. Bilingual service.
VARIETIES: Gingergold, McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, and Jonagold as listed in the Apple Chart.