Apple picking makes for a quintessential family weekend getaway or day trip that brings fruitful rewards far after you've left the orchard. Here, we've put together a list of pick-your-own apple farms throughout New York state, including Southeast, Central, and Upstate NY.
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.
SOUTHEAST NEW YORK
Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304, Congers
Labor Day through mid-November, open 10am-4:30pm daily pick your own. Hayrides offered weekends 11am-5pm; weekdays by appointment ($5 per person). Farm market open 8:30am-6pm and picnic fields. Cash and checks only.
Orchards of Concklin -APPLE PICKING HAS ENDED FOR THE 2014 SEASON
2 S. Mountain Road (off Route 45), Pomona
Open September and October on weekends and Columbus Day 10am-5pm. Picking poles available; $5 refundable deposit and $1 rental fee. Farm store with baked goods, apple cider, and donuts (open 8am-6pm). “Pick your own” group tours are available by appointment.
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
Apple picking begins in early September (call for availability). Fresh pies, donuts, produce, and local honey and maple syrup for sale. New York State wines and spirits. Open 8am-6pm daily.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
Apple picking through October, 10am-4:30pm daily. Farm market with apple cider, baked goods, pre-picked produce, and gifts.
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
Apple picking 9am-5pm daily, while supplies last starting weekend after Labor Day. Fresh cider for sale. Hay rides and corn maze. Pick your own pumpkins.
271 State Route 208, New Paltz
U-pick apples (15 varieties) in September and October, weekends only 10am-5pm. Small trees for kids. Homemade apple cider and donuts for sale. Ice cream stand on site. Hayrides, picnic tables, and animals to feed. Farmers’ market open during the week from 9:30-5:30. Cash or check only; ATM on premises.
Route 299 W., 69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
Apple picking Labor Day Weekend through October, 9am-6pm daily. Gourds, fresh peanut butter, and fresh cider also available. Bakery, corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin picking.
250 Hurds Road, Clintondale
Apple picking through October, weekends 10am-5pm. Farm market with apple cider, donuts, homemade pies, jams, and jellies. Hayrides, farm tours, and picnicking available. Restrooms on site.
Mr. Apples Low Spray Orchard
Route 213 W., High Falls
GPS location: 25 Orchard St.
Organic-style apples available through mid-November, 10am-6pm daily. Pumpkin picking and hayrides down the road. Nature trail with waterfalls.
Prospect Hill Orchards
73 Clarkes Lane, Milton
Sept. 13 through Oct. 26, weekends and Columbus Day 9am-4pm. U-pick pears, Asian pears, and pumpkins also available. Low-hanging branches for small children. Two free family festivals: Kids’ Days (Sept. 27-28) and Johnny Appleseed Cider Festival (Oct. 18-19) with make-your-own scarecrows, gourd crafts, cider pressing, hayrides, and face painting. Tractor-pulled hayrides stop at the cider-pressing tent, pumpkin patches, picnic area, and market. Parking available at 73 Clarkes Lane.
Tantillo’s Farm Market
730 State Route 208, Gardiner
Through October, 9am-4:30pm daily for picking. Farm stand and bakery open 9am-6pm, and soft-serve ice cream bar open 11am-10pm.
341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland
Labor Day through Halloween, 9am-6pm daily. Roadside stand with homemade cider, baked goods, jams, jellies, apple cider donuts. Hayrides, picnicking, pumpkin picking, and farm animals.
699 State Highway 208, Gardiner
September and October, 8am-4:30pm daily. Pets allowed. Picnic areas and a fruit stand on site with baked goods and flowers. Farm store open 8am-6pm daily.
Applewood Orchard & Winery
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day through October, pumpkin picking in October; 9am-5pm. Farm store and winery on site.
Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road, Warwick
Pick your own apples in the fall, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm by reservation only (call or visit the website); weekends and holidays 9am-6pm. Dwarf apple trees make picking easy for kids. Hay wagon rides, farm animals for petting, glass observation honey beehive, and farm store with fresh-pressed cider and homemade cider donuts.
Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh
Apple and pumpkin picking through October, plus pick-your-own grapes, peppers, cabbage, and other vegetables. Train rides through the village on the weekends, plus a hay bale maze, playhouse farm village, and animals for petting. Country store with honey, preserves, hot cider, ice cream, and homemade donuts. Open 9am-4pm daily.
45 Ball Road, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day through early November, 9am-5pm daily. Bags provided. Free admission and parking. Country store with honey, preserves, and country gifts. Picnic areas available. Pony rides, live music, haunted house, and maze for children on weekends (call for starting dates).
4 Ochs Lane (off Route 94), Warwick
Apple picking in September and October. Also have U-pick 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. Pies available on weekends. Homemade ice cream for sale. Small petting zoo. Open 9am-5pm daily through January.
Pennings Orchard and Farm Market
169 Route 94 S., Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day weekend through the second week of November, 9am-5pm daily. Pumpkins on sale from late September through October. Weekend hayrides and petting zoo. Ice cream stand, pub, and café with full menu. For apple picking info, call 845-986-7080.
Soons Orchard & Farm Market
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
Apple picking Labor Day through October, 10am-4pm on weekends and Monday holidays. Dwarf trees ideal for kids. Store with pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh-pressed apple cider and donuts, fudge, baked goods, open 9am-5pm.
63 Apple Tree Lane (off Beekman Road), Poughquag
U-pick apples, garden and pumpkin late July through October, 9am-5pm daily. Weekends feature festivals, corn made, food, and music. Call for admission and activities prices.
Cedar Heights Orchard
8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck
Apple picking September through October, 9am-dusk daily.
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
Apple picking from Labor Day through November, 9am-6pm daily. Farm market on site. 1/3 of apples are grown organically.
Green Horizons Organic Farm
6 South Dingle Lane, Pawling
Apple picking by appointment only; call ahead to schedule a visit.
260 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Apple and raspberry picking through October, 8am-7pm daily. Farmers market open Saturdays 10am–3pm.
15 Scism Road off Route 9, Tivoli
Pick-your-own apples starting the weekend of Aug. 16-17 (subject to change). Call ahead to confirm picking dates. Open weekends and Monday holidays (Labor Day and Columbus Day) 10am-6pm. Farm stand on site open beginning of August.
29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls
Apple picking 10am-5pm daily beginning mid-September (end date depends on availability). Farm market with apple cider, apple cider donuts, baked goods, homegrown vegetables, local honey, and more; open 9am-6pm daily.
UPSTATE NEW YORK
Fix Bros. Fruit Farm
215 White Birch Road, Hudson
Apple and pumpkin picking in September through October, 8am-5pm daily.
Love Apple Farms
1421 Route 9H, Ghent
Pick-your-own apples (30 varieties) mid-August through October, and peaches mid-July through September, 8am-6pm daily. Homemade pies, donuts, preserves, and baked goods for sale. Petting zoo and playground open 8am-6pm daily through November.
5 Sunset Ave., Kinderhook
Apple picking early August through late October (call to confirm season end date). Pick-your-own raspberries, plums, tomatoes, peppers, beans and grapes through September; pumpkins and summer squash through October. Farm stand with fruits, vegetables, and preserves. Open 8am-6pm daily.
141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
Pick-your-own apples September through October (weather dependent), 10am-5pm daily. U-pick pumpkins in season. On-site bakery and farm store. 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, Rexford
Pick-your-own apples through mid-October (weather dependent), 10am-5pm daily. Store with fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet foods, and crafts. Also on premises: donut robot, observation beehive, animal observation, and hayrides on weekends. Available for birthday parties and school trips.
1174 Route 29, Schuylerville
Pick-your-own apples September through October, 9am-6pm daily. Roadside store with fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, jams, and jellies. Wagon rides on weekends. Live entertainment on weekend.
Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
518-765-2956 or 866-640-7425 (apple picking hotline)
Apple and pumpkin picking through October (weather dependent), 9am-5pm daily. Farm market and cider house. Café open for lunch. Group tours available.
CENTRAL NEW YORK
114 Potter Road, Mexico
Apple picking September through October, 8am-5pm daily. Farm store with cider, donuts, pies, treats, fall vegetables, honey, and maple syrup. Cook shack with hot food open on weekends, 10am-5pm. Pony and wagon rides, corn maze, and Spooky Hollow haunted maze. Barn Store open 8am-5pm.
Ontario Orchards Farm
15273 Center Road, Sterling
Pick-your-own apples mid-September through mid-October, weekends 9am-5pm. Corn maze, hayrides, and U-pick pumpkins available. Farmers market (located 7 miles away) with baked goods, cider, caramel apples, fresh produce, jams, jellies, preserves, and plants. Fall Jamboree is Sept. 20-21.
Sage Creek Orchards
139 Minckler Road, Mexico
Pick-your-own apples through early November, 9am-6pm daily. U-pick blueberries while they last. Refreshment stand and picnic area. Open at least six days a week, call ahead to double check schedule. Store on premises with fresh produce, candies, jams, jellies, and fresh honey.
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