SEE OUR MOST RECENT APPLE PICKING GUIDE TO THE NYC AREA
As the cool autumn air settles in, families embrace the changing season with the classic pastime of apple picking. Local farms offer an assortment of attractions, from easy-picking dwarf apple trees and other seasonal fruits, to charming farm stands packed with home-baked goods, to hay rides out to the fields. Apple picking makes for a quintessential weekend getaway that brings fruitful rewards far after you've left the orchard-the fun continues at home when you try recipes like apple pie, cider donuts, or even fresh-pressed cider.
Make sure to call farms ahead of time when planning your apple picking outing. Hours and availability are subject to change due to weather and other farm conditions. Most importantly, have fun, and pick as many varieties of apples as your basket can handle!
Below, you'll find our comprehensive 2010-11 guide to pick-your-own apple farms in New York (from Long Island to Upstate), New Jersey, and Connecticut - all within easy traveling distance of the New York metro area.
Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304, Congers
Apple picking through first week of November. Hayrides offered daily, $5 per person. Farm market and picnic fields. Cash only. Open daily 10am-5pm.
Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Road (off Route 45), Pomona
Apple picking September 11-October 24. Picking poles available, $5 refundable deposit and $1 rental fee. Pick-your-own open Saturdays and Sundays and Columbus Day, 10am-5pm. Haunted house with inflatable slide (.50 cents per ride); corn maze and farm store with baked goods, apple cider, and donuts open 12-5pm.
130 Hardscrabble Road, Croton Falls
Apple picking through mid-October. Fresh pies, donuts, and produce. Open daily 8am-6pm.
62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs
Pick-your-own apples through the first week of November, 9am-5pm daily. Bakery and farm market with local produce open 9am-6pm daily. Hayrides on weekends ($3 per person).
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
Apple picking through October, Friday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm. Farm market with apple cider, baked goods, pre-picked produce, and gifts.
Davis Peach Farm
Hulse Landing Road (near Wildwood State Park), Wading River
Pick-your-own nectarines through late September, peaches through mid-October, and apples through October. Open daily 9am-6pm.
604 Church Lane, Aquebogue
Apple picking sunrise to sunset through the fall. Visit website for availability.
Fort Salonga Farm
30 Meadow Glen Road, Northport
Apple picking through October, 10am-2pm daily. Pick-your-own raspberries and strawberries until first frost. Honey produced on the farm is for sale. Class tours available.
812 Sound Avenue, Wading River; second location Fresh Pond Avenue, Baiting Hollow
U-pick apples and pumpkins through October, 9am-5pm daily except Tuesdays.
Milk Pail Farm & Orchard
757 Mecox Road, Water Mill
Apple and pumpkin picking through October, Friday-Sunday and holidays, 10am-5:30pm. All apple trees are semi-dwarf for easy picking. Minimum apple pick is 1/2 bushel (20 pounds).
Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill
Apple and raspberry picking through November, 9am-6pm daily. Hayrides, five-acre corn maze, and picnic area. Farm market with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, homemade pies, jams, and snacks.
28700 Route 25, Cutchogue
Apple picking through September, Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm. Also offer u-pick blackberries, peaches, and cherry tomatoes (call for availability). Hayrides 9am-4pm on Saturdays through October and Columbus Day.
84 County Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester
Apple picking through October, 9am-7pm daily. Two corn mazes, hay pyramid, petting zoo, hayrides, and pony rides. Farmers market with homemade ice cream and homegrown fruits and vegetables. Also have seasonal u-pick vegetables, pumpkins, peaches, raspberries, and flowers (call for availability).
Brook Hollow Farm
Rt. 94 to Frog Pond Road, Hainesburg
Apple picking through October, 9:30am-4:30pm daily. Farm market on premises. Wagon rides on weekends.
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
Pick-your-own apples through October, Saturday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm; Monday-Friday 10am-2pm by reservation, 2-4:30pm open to the public. Farm store with bakery, apple cider, salad bar, and fresh produce. Weekend hayrides available.
223 Meyersville Road, Gillette
Pick-your-own apples through October, 8am-6pm daily. Also offer hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, farmers market with homemade pies, fruits and vegetables, honey, donuts, and apple cider.
Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor
Apple picking through October, as well as pears and raspberries; open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 2-6pm (must enter orchard before 5:15pm for u-pick). Farm market with pre-picked fruit and vegetables, pies, and turkey.
561 Blairstown Road (Route 521), Hope
Apple picking through October (15 varieties), Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm; also open Labor Day and Columbus Day. Also offers u-pick Raspberries and blackberries through the fall. Pumpkin picking begins in October. Hayrides available. Store on premises with sweet corn, fruit butters, jams, jellies, and honey.
284 County Road 519, Belvidere
Apple picking (17 varieties) through October, Saturday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm. Farm market, bakery, ice cream barn, playground, and mini golf.
Pochuck Valley Farm
962 Route 517 (McAfee-Glenwood Road), Glenwood
Apple picking through October, 9am-4pm daily. Farm market with deli, homemade donuts, pies, jams, cider, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Race Farm, LLC
87 Belcher Road, Blairstown
Apple picking through October, 9am-5pm daily. Store on premise with pre-picked produce and bakery.
122 Oakdale Road, Chester
Apple picking (34 varieties) through October, 9am-4:30pm daily. Hayrides available. U-pick pumpkins and tomatoes in September and u-pick Indian corn in October.
Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge
Apple picking (more than 10 varieties) through October, Sundays 12-4pm. Land is stroller-friendly. No pets allowed. U-pick pumpkins, peaches, and tomatoes are also available in the fall (call for availability).
Stony Hill Gardens
8 Route 24 (Route 513), Chester
Pick-your-own apples through October, 10am-5pm daily; apples sold by the pound. Pick-your-own pumpkins start in late September. Store and greenhouse on premise (open daily 9am-6pm). Hayrides on weekends.
Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph
Apple picking through October, 9am-6pm daily. Call for available varieties. Farmers market with fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade pies and baked goods, and homemade ice cream. Weekend hayrides available.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
Pick-your-own apples through November 1, 9am-5pm daily; also have pick-your-own fall raspberries. Fall harvest festivals every weekend starting September 18 (see website for details). Farmers market with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider and donuts. Wagon rides and pony rides. Barnyard of farm animals and one-mile nature trail open to visitors.
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue (Route 202), Morristown
Pick-your-own apples (25 varieties) through October, Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm. On-premises store, bakery, corn maze, and pumpkin slingshot. Weekend hayrides available.
Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Road (Route 519), Fredon Township
Pick-your-own apples (35 varieties) through October, 9am-5pm daily. Wagon rides available. Store on premise with apple pies and apple cider donuts, jams, jellies, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
250 Calhoun Street, Washington Depot
Pick-your-own apples through October on a scenic family farm; pick-your-own pears through September. Open 9:30am till dusk daily. Pre-picked fruit, apple cider and donuts, and flowers available on the farm through November.
Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, LLC
278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110), Shelton
Apple picking through October, 10am-5pm weekends only. Dwarf apple trees for easy picking. Cider press on location. Farm store with apple cider and donuts, maple syrup, local honey, fruit butter, jams and jellies; open Monday-Friday 12-6pm, weekends 10am-6pm.
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel
Apple picking through October, 10am-5pm daily. Farm store and gift shop with produce, baked goods, apple items, baskets, and gifts, open daily 10am-5:30pm through December.
108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford
Apple picking through October. Harvest festivals in September and October. Farm store with a variety of apple items. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
529 Woodland Street, South Glastonbury
Pick-your-own peaches and plums through September; apples and pears through October. Bakery with donuts, pies, and other baked goods. Greenhouse with flowers and mulch. Open daily 8am-6pm.
251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire
Apple picking through October; pick-your-own pears, peaches, nectarines, and plums through September. Farm stand with pre-picked fruit, locally grown vegetables, local honey and jams, pies, and cider. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Easy Pickin's Orchard
46 Bailey Road, Enfield
Pick-your-own apples, pears, and raspberries through October. Vegetable and flower gardens available for picking and cutting. Free wagon rides on Sunday afternoons. Open Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm, Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4), Sharon
Apple picking through October. Peaches and plums available for picking while they last. Family-fun hayrides, six-acre corn maze, and apple cider for tasting. Pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh baked pies, and cider donuts available for purchase. Open daily 8am-6 pm.
213 Calhoun Street, Washington Depot
Apple picking through October. Monday-Friday 11am-5pm; weekends 11am-5:30pm.
High Hill Orchard
170 Fleming Road, Meriden
Apple and pear picking through October. Apple and pear cider available. Hayrides in September and October. Open Tuesday-Thursday 12-6pm, weekends 10am-5pm.
Hickory Hill Orchards
351 South Meriden Road, Cheshire
Pick-your-own apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines. Country store with apple cider, donuts, pies, and other baked goods, as well as gourmet foods and gift baskets. Weekend hayrides. Open daily 10am-5:30pm.
Horse Listeners Orchard
317 Bebbington Road, Ashford
Apple picking through October. Farm store with pre-picked fruits and vegetables and pies. Free train rides, apple cider donuts, and hot apple cider. Tractor rides, hay bale maze, baking demonstrations, pumpkin painting, and carving activities. Open Monday-Friday 1-6pm, weekends 9am-6pm.
Johnny Appleseed's Farm
Several picking locations, Ellington
Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins through October. Open daily 9am-6pm. Call for locations.
894 Andrews Street, Southington
Apple and pumpkin picking on weekends through October. Farm store open daily 9am-5pm.
Lost Acres Orchard
130 Lost Acres Road, North Granby
Pick-your-own apples through October. Farm kitchen with baked goods, pies, jams and jellies, local honey and maple syrup, fudge, and Ginny's quilts for sale. Call for hours.
Maple Lane Farms, LLC
57 Northwest Corner Road, Preston
860-887-8855 or 860-889-3766; www.maplelane.com
Apple picking through October. $1 hayrides on weekends. Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm.
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem
Apple and pumpkin picking through October. Farm market with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Bakery with cider donuts and other baked goods and specialty items. Picnic areas, animal yard, and farm hiking trails. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Oak Haven Farm
113 Khourie Road, Scotland
Pick-your-own apples (limited this season), pears, raspberries, pumpkins, and gourds throughout the fall. Sheltie dog farm. Open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-4pm.
Long Bottom Road, Southington
Apple picking through October. Apple cider donuts, pies, and fruit baskets available. Open Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Scott's Yankee Farmer, LLC
291 North Bride Brook Road, East Lyme
Apple picking through October. Open Monday, Thursday, and Friday 11am-5pm; weekends 10am-5pm.
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton
Apple picking through mid-October. Pumpkins available in October. Animal farm, farm market, florist, greenhouse, and cider mill. Year-round petting animal park. Weekend tractor rides through October. Open daily 9am-5pm.
47 Kielwasser Road, Washington Depot
Pick-your-own apples through October. Call for hours.
Woodstock Orchards, LLC
494 Route 169, Woodstock
Apple picking through mid-October. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and Vermont cheese. Open daily 9am-6pm.
Wright's Orchard and Dried Flower Farm
271 South River Road, Tolland
Apple picking through October. Pick-your-own pumpkins in October. Farm store with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, cider donuts, and pies. Dried flower and basket barn. Open Thursday-Tuesday 12:30-5:30pm, except Sunday 1-5:30 pm; closed Wednesdays.
Beyond the NY Metro Area
(from Southeast to Upstate New York)
63 Apple Tree Lane (off Route 7), Poughquag
U-pick apples through October. Call for admission and activities prices. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Brittany Hollow Farm
150 Route 9 North, Rhinebeck
Apple picking through October. Call for hours and availability.
Cedar Heights Orchard
Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck
Apple picking through October. Open daily 9am-dusk.
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
Apple picking through October. Farm market on premises. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Fraleigh's Rose Hill Farm
19 Rose Hill Farm Road, Red Hook
Apple picking through October. Farm stand with pre-picked fruit, cider, and baked goods. Open weekends 10am-6pm.
Green Horizons Organic Farm
South Dingle Road, Pawling
Pick-your-own apples in October; by appointment only.
260 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Apple picking through October, as well as fall raspberries. Open daily 9am-7pm.
15 Scism Road off Route 9, Tivoli
Pick-your-own apples through October. Open 10am-5:30pm weekends and Monday holidays.
29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls
Apple picking daily 10am-5pm beginning mid-September (end date depends on availability). Farm market with apple cider, apple cider donuts and other baked goods, homegrown vegetables, local honey, and more; open daily 9am-6pm.
99 Feller-Newmark Road, Red Hook
Apple picking through October. Farm stand with local vegetables and honey. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Orange & Ulster Counties
Apple Bin Farm Market
810 Broadway (Route 9W), Ulster Park
U-pick apples through the beginning of October. Country store with bakery, deli, gourmet items, homegrown fruits, cider, and donuts. Open daily 7:30am-7pm.
Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road, Warwick
Pick your own white and yellow peaches from mid-August through mid-September. Monday through Thursday by reservation only, 9am-5pm; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and all holidays open to the public 9am-6pm.
Learn about apple varieties and enjoy hay wagon rides, fresh-pressed cider and homemade cider doughnuts, friendly farm animals for petting, glass observation honey beehive, farm store, and bouncy house.
Applewood Orchard & Winery
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day through October; call for hours. Farm store and winery.
271 Route 208, New Paltz
U-pick apples (15 varieties) through mid-October, weekends 10am-5pm. Small trees for kids. Homemade apple cider and donuts. Ice cream stand. Hayrides, picnicking, and animals to feed. Farmers market during the week.
Route 299 West, New Paltz
Apple picking through October. Bakery, corn maze, hayride, and pumping picking. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh
Apple and pumpkin picking through October, plus pick-your-own grapes, peppers, cabbage, and other vegetables. Horse-drawn carriage and train rides through the village on the weekends, hay bale maze, playhouse farm village, and animals for petting. Country store with honey, preserves, hot cider, and homemade donuts. Open daily 9am-4pm.
45 Ball Road, Warwick
Apple picking through early November, bags provided. Free admission and parking. Country store with honey, preserves, and country gifts. Picnic areas available. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Maynard Farms & Orchards
River Road (off Route 9W), New Paltz
Apple picking through October. Open weekends 10am-5pm.
250 Hurds Road, Clintondale
Apple picking through October. Farm market with apple cider, donuts, homemade pies, jams, and jellies. Hayrides, farm tours, and picnicking. Restrooms available. Open weekends only 10am-5pm
Mr. Apples Low Spray Orchard
Route 213 West, High Falls
845-687-9498 or 845-687-0005; www.mrapples.com
Apples available through mid-November; pumpkin picking down the road. Nature trail, waterfalls, and hayrides. Open daily 9am-6pm.
4 Ochs Lane (off Route 94), Warwick
Apple picking through October. Also have u-pick raspberries, pumpkins, tomatoes, and other vegetables through October. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider, homemade donuts, preserves, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and honey. Homemade ice cream. Small petting zoo. Pies on the weekend. Open daily 9am-5pm through December.
Pennings Orchard and Farm Market
169 Route 94 South, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day weekend through end of October, 9am-5pm daily. Pumpkins on sale from late September through October. Weekend hayrides, kiddy corral, and petting zoo. Farm market offers produce, fresh baked pies, jams and jellies; open 9am-7pm. Ice cream stand, smoothie bar, pub, and café with full menu.
Prospect Hill Orchards
40 Clarkes Lane, Milton
Apple picking (15 varieties) September 18-October 24. U-pick pears and pumpkins available. Low-hanging branches ideal for small children. Two free family festivals: Kids Days September 25-26 and Johnny Appleseed Cider Festival October 16-17, with make-your-own scarecrows, crafts with gourds, cider pressing, hayride, and face painting. Tractor-pulled hayrides stop at the cider pressing tent, pumpkin patches, picnic area, and market. Open weekends 9am-4pm.
Soons Orchard & Farm Market
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
Apple picking Labor Day through October.
Dwarf trees ideal for kids. Pumpkin picking late September, wagon rides to pumpkin patch. Store with pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh-pressed apple cider and donuts, fudge, baked goods, and gifts. Store hours 9am-6pm seven days a week. Open for apple picking Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm.
Tantillo's Farm Market
730 State Route 208, Gardiner
Apple picking through October. Farm stand, bakery, and soft-serve ice cream bar. Open daily 9am-4:30pm.
Warwick Valley Winery Distillery and Orchards
114 Little York Road, Warwick
Apple picking through October 11am-6pm weekdays, 10am-6pm weekends. Wine tastings daily. Café and bakery open Friday-Sunday.
341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland
Apple picking Labor day-Halloween. Also available: Roadside stand with homemade cider, baked goods, jams, jellies, apple cider donuts, as well as hayrides, picnicking, pumpkin picking, and farm animals. Open daily 9am-5pm.
43 Mount Zion Road, Marlboro
Apple picking through October; nectarine, plums, peaches, eggplants, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pear picking through early September. Bakery, farm market, free hayrides, petting zoo, hay maze, sand art, craft tables, and face painting. Music entertainment and children's activities on weekends only. Open weekdays 10am-4pm, weekends and holidays including Labor Day and Columbus Day 9am-5pm.
Wright's Apple Farm
699 State Highway 208, Gardiner
Apple picking through October. Open daily 8am-4:30pm. Pets allowed, picnic areas, fruit stand with baked goods and flowers.
Fix Bros. Fruit Farm
215 White Birch Road, Hudson
Apple and pumpkin picking through October. Open daily 8am-5pm.
Golden Harvest Farms
3074 Route 9, Valatie
Apple picking mid-September through October, 10am-3:30pm daily. Roadside stand open 8am-6pm with fruits and vegetables, and cider mill. Vodka distillery open Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm for tours and tastings.
Love Apple Farms
1421 Route 9H, Ghent
U-pick apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears. Homemade pies, donuts, preserves, and baked goods, petting zoo, playground, and café with homemade Mexican food and other light fare. Open daily 8am-6pm through December; u-pick 8am-5pm daily.
100 Sawmill Road, Germantown
Apple picking through September. Open daily 9am-5pm.
5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
Apple picking through the beginning of November. Raspberries, plums, and grapes through September. Pumpkins and summer squash through October. Farm stand with fruits, vegetables, and preserves. Open daily 8am-6pm.
141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
Pick-your-own apples through October, 10am-5pm daily. On site bakery and farm store. U-pick pumpkins in season. Pony rides, hayrides, and food booth on weekends.
Lindsey's Idyllwood Orchard & Farm
267 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
Pick-your-own apples (25 varieties) from Labor Day through mid-November, 9am-6pm daily. Farm store with farm-raised beef and pork, pre-picked fruits and vegetables, honey, jams and jellies, pies, homemade cider, and donuts.
660 Riverview Road, Clifton Park
Pick-your-own apples through mid-October, 10am-5pm daily. Store with fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet foods, and crafts. Also on premises: donut robot, observation beehive, petting zoo, and hayrides on weekends. Available for birthday parties and school trips.
1174 Route 29, Schuylerville
Pick-your-own apples through October, 9am-6pm daily. Roadside store with fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, jams, and jellies. Wagon rides on weekends.
Route 146, Altamont
Apple picking through mid-October, 10am-4pm weekends and holidays. Farm market located at 6654 Dunnsville Road in Altamont with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider and donuts, full bakery, and gift shop; open daily 9am-6pm. Starting mid-September, they'll have a haunted house, bouncy bounces, apple bin maze, and pumpkin slide.
Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
518-765-2956 or 866-640-7425; www.indianladderfarms.com
Apple picking through October. Farm market and cider house. Café open for lunch, Group tours available. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Applejacks Orchard & Country Giftshop
751 Brand Hollow Road, Peru
U-pick apples through mid-October. Hayrides, hay maze, beehive, and petting zoo. Gift shop with local honey, gourmet jams and jellies, and quilted items. Open daily 10am-5pm.
531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru
Pick-your-own apples (Macintosh only) mid-September through October. Farm stand with pre-picked apples of many varieties, along with apple cider, pre-picked vegetables, baked goods, and more. Open daily 10am-5pm.
685 Argersinger Road, Fultonville
Apple picking through October. Corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, picnic area, hayrides. Store with pre-picked produce, apple cider and donuts, and local honey and maple syrup. Orchard tours on weekdays by appointment. Cash only. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Sand Flats Orchard
371 Martin Road, Fonda
Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins through October. More than 10 apple varieties. Store with apple cider and donuts, baked goods, local maple syrup and honey, and pre-picked fall vegetables. Corn maze, weekend hayrides, animals for petting, group tours during the week by appointment. Open daily 9am-6pm through October.
114 Potter Road, Mexico
Apple picking through October, 9am-5pm daily. Farm store with cider, donuts, pies, treats, fall vegetables, honey, and maple syrup. Also, cook shack with hot food open on weekends. Pony and wagon rides, corn maze, and Spooky Hollow haunted maze.
Greco Family Farm & Orchard
297 West 5th Street Road, Oswego
Pick your own apples (16 varieties) through November, 10am-6pm daily; U-pick pears through mid-September. Corn maze, trail rides, hayrides, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, horseback riding, and school tours available. Farm market with pre-picked produce, maple syrup, honey, and baked goods on premises.
Ontario Orchards Farm
15273 Center Road, Sterling
Pick your own apples mid-September through mid-October, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. Corn maze, hay rides, and U-pick pumpkins available. Farmers market (located 7 miles away) with baked goods, cider, caramel apples, fresh produce, jams, jellies, preserves, pottery, and plants.
Sage Creek Orchards
139 Minckler Road, Mexico
Pick your own apples through mid-October, 9am-6pm daily. U-Pick berries while they last. Refreshment stand, picnic area, tractor-pulled hayrides, and face painting. Store on premises with fresh produce, candies, jams, and jellies.