Before school started, I took a road trip to Kelowna and made stops in Merritt, Hope, Kamloops and Vernon. There wasn’t a lot to do in each stop so when we arrived in Vernon, we just went all out. We visited several farms in the afternoon and Davison Orchards was my favourite.
The farm was located up on a hill with a beautiful view of Vernon. I was quite excited when we arrived because the farm was huge and there were just rows and rows of apple trees as far as the eye can see. The family behind Davison Orchards has been running the place for over 80 years. Covering around 100 acres of land, you can find all sorts of fresh and local produce including apples, apricots, pumpkins, zucchinis, pears and much more. They also have a small market where you can buy their fresh produce, pure apple juice, home supplies, condiments and assorted hot foods including pies and soups.
On the day we arrived, we were told that it was their first day of apple picking. I come from the city where farms were a rare sight so I’ve never gone apple picking. I was ecstatic when we got there and hopped on their farm tour tractor to head over to the apple picking.
If you couldn’t go apple picking or if you wanted to know what apples were available at the farm, they have a tasting booth inside their market where you can try five different kinds of apples.
Similar to a safari, there was a train that would take you around the area, only this was a tractor.
In October, you can go to Davison Orchards to pick a pumpkin. Some of them were extremely huge (mainly for carving) while others were tiny and cute looking.
We got to pick three different types of apples. I wasn’t a fan of Spartan apples so I picked most of the gala apples because they’re sweeter than the other options.
After half an hour of picking apples, we went into the market and bought some of their pies, jams, and pure apple juice.
Apple Cutie Pie
Baked to perfection with just the right amount of apple filling inside the pie.
The crust was an absolute delight with a rich and buttery flavour and crumbly texture.
Nana’s Apple Slice
Compared to the cutie apple pie, Nana’s apple slice had more apple and cinnamon than crust. In fact, the crust was almost thinner and more flaky than the pie.
Overall, if you want a real experience at Davison Orchards, you have to get one of their pies for a hearty dessert after apple picking. All it’s missing is a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
For the price of a $5 tour ticket per person, Jacky and I both picked 10lbs of apples.