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Ottawa Valley orchard’s apple pie a treat for the taste buds

Sep 29, 2019 by Jonathan Mulvihill, Renfrew Mercury

The apple pie from MacLaren Orchards looks like a quality homemade item and tastes like a dream. – Jonathan Mulvihill/Torstar

Everything tastes better when it reminds you of home.

I was born and raised in Renfrew, located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley and only an hour west of Ottawa.

Just outside of town is MacLaren Orchards, which is described as an “Ottawa Valley Tradition”. It is said that this orchard produces some of the finest apples in the Ottawa Valley, including MacIntosh, Lobo and Empire.

Besides the bundles of apples, they also offer apple cider and a delicious fresh apple pie – the latter of which I had the pleasure of trying.

The pies cost $14 each, but the tastiness and quality make it well worth the price.

Just looking at it made my mouth water. The texture felt like something homemade, which is exactly what I was hoping for at MacLaren’s.

The filling inside has everything that makes an apple pie delightful. Besides the usual apples, MacLaren’s likes to add cinnamon and nutmeg for a bit of additional flavour. The crumble on top also has some cinnamon. The crust is just crisp enough to hold everything together and makes the journey from the plate to the stomach easy.

Even with only one slice, it feels like your mouth is having a party with your taste buds. The different flavours of the apple, cinnamon and nutmeg really work well together, and the texture and flavour of the crisp crust adds to the experience.

This looks like the type of pie you remember having as a young child, and the flavour is the one element that really brings it home.

If you’re a fan of apple pies, I urge you to try this one out because I guarantee that having even one slice will make your day.

Fillings: apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.

MacLaren’s Orchard is at 3376 Burnstown Rd. See more at

Give them a call at 613-432-8997.

by Jonathan Mulvihill

Jonathan Mulvihill is a reporter with the
Renfrew Mercury and
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