Mark Sunday, September 1, on your calendar and round up the family for a memorable day trip. Your destination is Waddell Apples in Kingston for the fourth annual AppleFest. This special end-of-summer event is a fundraiser to help send kids with physical disabilities to Easter Seals Camp Merrywood on Big Rideau Lake.
How do you like “them” apples? A fun outing plus a delicious taste of the season plus a great cause equal the perfect family adventure! The day will officially kick off the pick-your-own season with family entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. including live music, tractor-drawn rides in the orchard, kid friendly games and activities, tasty samples of apple baking and other treats, a corn roast, and a cheque presentation revealing the total amount raised for Easter Seals Ontario in 2013.
“We are looking forward to hosting another successful AppleFest this year. This event has been built with a vision to kick-off the harvest while bringing the community together to help send children with physical disabilities to camp,” said Marita Waddell of Waddell Apples. Kids from Ottawa look forward to attending Easter Seals Camp Merrywood and will benefit from this fundraiser too.
Besides, it’s a fun family road trip. “Visitors will be welcomed to our farm and store to purchase fresh apples, home-made baking, sweet cider, honey, maple, fudge, and preserves. It should be another delicious event,” Marita notes
Located less than two hours from Ottawa, at 2645 Washburn Road, Waddell Apples is owned and operated by Marita and her husband, Charlie. With over 130 years of experience growing apples, the Waddell family’s approach to farming is to share the farm experience, offer heritage apple varieties, use environmentally-friendly practices and support the local community. Waddell Apples’ harvest season starts in early August and runs to the end of October, while supplies last. The farm store is open 10 from a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week with pick-your-own apples starting Labour Day weekend.
For the past 90 years, Easter Seals Ontario has been offering programs and services to help children and youth with physical disabilities achieve a greater level of acceptance and independence. Since 1922, Easter Seals Ontario has provided families of children with physical disabilities with financial assistance for expensive mobility equipment and communication devices such as walkers, braces, and wheelchairs, fully accessible Easter Seals camps, and funding for alternative recreational programs. For details or to donate, please visit www.easterseals.org.
“Visitors will be welcomed to our farm and store to purchase fresh apples, home-made baking, sweet cider, honey, maple, fudge, and preserves. It should be another delicious event!”