Our Story

The Appleflats story began in the summer of 1993, when the parents of the two founders Glen and Alex Smyth, along with aunt and uncle, finished building a house on their newly purchased farmer’s field in Wellesley Ontario. They then planted a crabapple tree in their front yard to celebrate the milestone.

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The homestead, where the orchard is now


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Left to right: Alex, Glen, Avory (Cousin) circa 1998

The year 2013

In 2013, Glen called Monforte, a local restaurant in Stratford to see if they would be interested in buying some Crabapple jam. Monforte gladly bought everything that one crabapple tree could produce, sparking the idea which created Appleflats.

The first commercial harvest occurred in August of 2016 and the business began in earnest.




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Founder Glen age 5 with the original crabapple tree circa 1997

Where we are today

Today, thousands of people enjoy Appleflats crabapple products. All of our crabapples are still hand-picked and never sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. We are proud to produce natural products made with simple ingredients and without artificial colours or sweeteners.




At Appleflats, we have a saying… “Make simple things taste great”