Apple picking orchards near Montreal? Take your pick, no pun. The city is auspiciously surrounded by several dozen orchards, and in many cases, that means a less than one hour's drive. Find out where to go to pick them and how to avoid annoying crowds with my day trip guide below.
Don't have a car but want to spend the day in nature chomping on apples? I've got just the day planned for you too. Keep reading.
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Looking for an apple orchard one hour's drive or less from Montreal?
I batched those closest to the city by general direction. I even Google mapped them for you.
And keep reading to discover my strategy for avoiding annoying crowds. There's little worse than thinking you escaped the city only to reckon, stuck bumper-to-bumper on a country road, that the city is en route to the exact same orchard as you. Been there. Not a relaxing experience.
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No Car? No Problem.
No car? No problem. You might not be able to visit an orchard near Montreal without one, but here's Plan B. You might even want to leave you car at home to do this instead.
Ultimately, a craving for orchard frolicking is a yearning for nature. So if sans car, wait until late September when the leaves start changing colors en masse and then head to one of Montreal's most impressive fall foliage destinations.
Now all you're missing is an apple in hand.
Either drop by this public market or this one before or after your nature walk and choose from an enviable selection of apple varieties as well as apple ciders, wines, jams and other goodies. Vendors are on-hand to recommend recipe ideas and offer advice on what to do with your freshly-purchased bounty.
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Apple and Vanilla Grass Cocktail
Prefer booze with your finely-picked fruit? I understand. And so does the team at Toqué, one of Canada's top restaurants.
The award-winning Montreal-based institution generously shared how to make their in-house apple-based cocktail recipe sure to impress the pickiest dinner guests.
Just one thing.
It requires vanilla grass.
I don't even know what the heck that is. But according to Wikipedia, it's "a useful aid to entering a meditative state." And you can buy it on Ebay or find it somewhere at the Jean-Talon Market or your local health food store.
240 ml (8 oz) Cortland apple juice, extracted with a juice extractor
2 branches of vanilla grass
120 ml (4 oz) vodka
In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the apple juice to a simmer, and add the vanilla grass. Turn the heat off and cover. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes. Remove the vanilla grass.
In a shaker, mix all the ingredients together with ice. Filter with an ice strainer and pour into martini glasses.