What is it about apple picking and fall? We’re not even sure we care what we do with the apples, how we utilize them, we just kind of want to go to an orchard when the air is crisp and it’s cable-knit-sweater weather. We envision our outfit as much as we do the freshness of the apples, because really the wardrobe change is just as exciting as a change in what fruits are in season. Here are 5 places to go apple-picking, because we’re pretty sure if you haven’t mentioned the idea to friends this week, you were going to next week…
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell JCT, NY: (1 hour 30 min from NYC via car)
Fishkill Farms is a family owned farm that has been around for 100 years. They are committed to sustainable farming practices and you can pick organic apples as well as other farm fresh veggies. Enjoy a free hayride if you go on the weekend.
Masker Orchards, Warwick, NY: (1 hour 15 min from NYC via car)
Masker Orchards is one of the most popular apple-picking orchards in NY. Masker Orchards is very family friendly with a haunted house, face painting, and an apple maze. Shop at the country store to pick up jams, jellies, local honey, and syrup.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights, NY: (About 1 hour via MetroNorth, Grand Central)
This farm has 7 acres of apple-picking orchards that you can venture through on foot. After picking your fruit take a wagon-ride back to the main area where you will find three farmers markets. At the markets you can get other farm-fresh finds and baked goods. Don’t miss their famous apple cider donuts!
Wright’s Farms, Gardiner, NY:(About 1 hour 30 minutes from NYC via car)
Wright’s Farms is a little more quiet than some of the other pick-your-own orchards. However, the farm still has about 453 acres in the Hudson Valley that you are free to picnic, sample apples, and hike during the day.
Outhouse Orchards, North Salem, NY: (About 1 hour from NYC via Car or MetroNorth, Grand Central)
A family owned and operated farm, Outhouse Orchards is located in the scenic Croton Falls. Here you can pick apples and pumpkins, walk through a corn maze, or take a hay ride. The farm also has a farm stand where you an pick up some Fall produce from the gardens, local honey, and maple syrup.