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by NYMetroParents Staff September 6, 2013

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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.


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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.



Rockland County

Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304, Congers
Labor Day through mid-November, open 9am-5:30pm daily. Hayrides offered weekends 11am-5pm; weekdays by appointment ($5 per person). Farm market and picnic fields. Cash only.

Orchards of Concklin
2 S. Mountain Road (off Route 45), Pomona
Sept. 11 through Oct. 30, 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.

Westchester County

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
Apple picking begins in late August, 8am-6pm daily (call for availability). Fresh pies, donuts, produce, and local honey and maple syrup for sale.

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.

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Road
North Salem
Apple picking 9am-5pm daily, while supplies last. Fresh donuts and cider for sale. Hay rides and corn maze.

Ulster County

Dressel Farms
271 State Route 208, New Paltz
U-pick apples (15 varieties) in September and October, weekends 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. Cash or check only; ATM on premises.

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards
Route 299 W., 69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
Apple picking through October, 9am-6pm daily. Gourds and fresh peanut butter also available. Bakery, corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin picking.

Minard Farms
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. 14 through Oct. 20, 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. 28-29) and Johnny Appleseed Cider Festival (Oct. 19-20) 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
845-256-9109; tantillosfarm.com
Through October, 9am-4:30pm daily. Farm stand, bakery, and soft-serve ice cream bar.

Wilklow Orchards
341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland
845-691-2339; wilkloworchards.com
Labor Day through Halloween, 9am-5pm daily. Roadside stand with homemade cider, baked goods, jams, jellies, apple cider donuts. Hayrides, picnicking, pumpkin picking, and farm animals.

Wright’s Farm
699 State Highway 208, Gardiner
845-255-5300; eatapples.com
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.


Orange County

Applewood Orchard & Winery
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day through October, pumpkin picking in October; call for hours. 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. Horse-drawn carriage and 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.

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Road, Warwick

Apple picking 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).

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Lane (off Route 94), Warwick
Apple picking in September and 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. 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 end of October, 9am-5pm daily. Pumpkins on sale from late September through October. Weekend hayrides and petting zoo. Ice cream stand, smoothie bar, 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, 9am-6pm daily. Dwarf trees ideal for kids. Store with pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh-pressed apple cider and donuts, fudge, baked goods, and gifts.

Warwick Valley Winery Distillery and Orchards
114 Little York Road, Warwick

Apple picking through October; weekdays 11am-6pm, weekends 10am-6pm. Wine tastings daily. Café (cash only) and bakery on site, open Friday-Sunday 12-5pm. Live music performances on weekends, 2-5pm.

Dutchess County

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Lane (off Route 7), Poughquag

U-pick apples through October, 9am-5pm daily. Call for admission and activities prices.

Cedar Heights Orchard
8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck

Apple picking September through October, 9am-dusk daily.

Fishkill Farms
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction

Apple picking from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving, 9am-6pm daily. Farm market on site.

Green Horizons Organic Farm
South Dingle Lane, Pawling

Apple picking by appointment only; call ahead to schedule a visit.

Greig Farm
260 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

Apple and raspberry picking through October, 8am-8pm daily.

Mead Orchards
15 Scism Road off Route 9, Tivoli

Pick-your-own apples starting the weekend of Aug. 11 (subject to change). Call ahead to confirm picking dates. Open weekends and Monday holidays 10am-6pm. Farm stand on site.

Meadowbrook Farms
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.



Columbia County

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm
215 White Birch Road, Hudson

Apple and pumpkin picking in September, 8am-5pm daily.

Love Apple Farms
1421 Route 9H, Ghent

Pick-your-own apples (30 varieties) mid-August through October, peaches mid-July through September, and pears late August through September; 8am-5pm daily. Homemade pies, donuts, preserves, and baked goods for sale. Petting zoo, playground, and café with homemade Mexican food and other light fare on site, all open 8am-6pm daily through November.

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Ave., Kinderhook
Apple picking early August through late October (call to confirm season end date). Pick-your-own raspberries, plums, and grapes through September; pumpkins and summer squash through October. Farm stand with fruits, vegetables, and preserves. Open 8am-6pm daily.

Saratoga County

Bowman Orchards
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.

Riverview Orchards
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.

Saratoga Apple
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.

Albany County

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.


Oswego County

Behling Orchards
114 Potter Road, Mexico

Apple picking through October, 8am-6pm 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-6pm.

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. Call for more information on the Fall Jamboree.

Sage Creek Orchards
139 Minckler Road, Mexico

Pick-your-own apples through mid-November, Wednesday-Sunday 9am-6pm daily. U-pick berries 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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