Apples are a big crop in the Beaver Valley; in fact Grey County is the #1 producer of apples in Ontario. Especially in the lower valley near Thornbury, not too far from Georgian Bay, apple orchards are widespread. And now is the time to get ready for the harvest, which will go on for the next 3 months.
Apples grow well here for several reasons. The water of Georgian Bay tends to moderate temperature, reducing the chance of spring frost damage to blossoms. Many orchards are planted on slopes leading down from the escarpment, providing cold air drainage, again reducing the chance of frost damage. And the gravelly soil of the old beach ridges extending south of the bay is what apple trees like.