NY Apple Picking (& Pick Your Own) – Beyond New York City

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Apple-Ridge-Orchards-Ad-01One of the many enjoyable features of the turning seasons are the ripened crops of items to be picked at farms near and far. New Yorkled had the pleasure a few times of picking apples at one particular farm in Connecticut. ‘BUT you don’t have to go that far to enjoy the thrill of ‘picking your own’. Keep in mind that some of these spots will begin the season in mid August whereas other will begin at and around Labor Day. Thus, it’s in your best interest to contact these places or visit their websites to learn more.

Below are a number of spots in the NY State area and beyond. So, hope one and all have the opportunity of getting out there and enjoying Autumn the way it was meant to be enjoyed! Note that some of these spots will offer all sorts of family fun activities from pony rides, hay rides and tours to petting zoos and other items. Of course what’s available and the days they’re to begin will vary with each individual spot.

Special Seasonally Related Events in our Immediate Area:

32nd Annual Queens County Fair
At the Queens County Farm Museum
Saturday & Sunday
September 20 & 21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
There’ll be craft and food vendors, the Big Apple Circus To-Go offering fun for everyone, Pig Races, Pie Eating Contests, Carnival and Hayrides, Corn Husking Contests and much more!
ADMISSION:
$9.00 / adult*
$5.00 / child (12 & under)*
Free with Farm Membership
*Gate admission does not include The Amazing Maize Maze, carnival rides/games and various other fair activities.
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The 3rd Annual Breukelen Country Fair
September 27, 2014
Makers Unite!
Join the Wyckoff Farmhouse museum for a day long extravaganza of crafting, creating and hands on fun! Meet the makers and learn from the past to present how Breukelen does it best!
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PUMPKIN PATCH
at the Queens County Farm Museum
Saturdays & Sundays,
October 4 – 26, 2014
11 am – 4:30 pm
October is pumpkin month at Queens Farm. Enjoy wandering through our patch to find your perfect pumpkin. A great farm adventure for the whole family!
Price of pumpkin based on pumpkin size.On weekdays, pumpkins are sold in our Gift Shop. There is no admission fee to enter the pumpkin patch.
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THE AMAZING MAIZE MAZE at the Queens County Farm
Saturdays & Sundays, September 20 – October 26
& Columbus Day, Oct. 13th
11 am – 4:30 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm)
On hand will be their 3 acre interactive corn maze.

ADMISSION:
$9.00 / adult
$5.00 / child (ages 4-11);  ages 3 & under free
Groups of 10 people or more get $1.00 discount off price shown
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Apple Picking Locations In New York State:

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Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road, Warwick, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5- hours)
845-987-7717
Apple Ridge Orchards is the most scenic and rustic pick-your-own apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and peach orchard throughout Warwick Valley. Breathtaking scenery, hay wagon rides, friendly farm animals, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, and their famous local honey, homemade mixes, apple butter and fresh preserves.

Minard Farms
59 Hurds Rd.
PO Box 317, Clintondale, NY 12515
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
NYS Thruway (I-87) exit 18 (New Paltz). They offer u-pick apples weekends and holidays from Labor Day weekend to Nov. 1

Applewood Orchard
82 Four Corners Rd
Warwick NY, 10990
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Featuring music, face painting, wagon rides and the famous puppet shows.

Dr. Davies Farm
Rt. 304 Farm Stand
Congers, NY 10920
(from NYC: approx. 1 hour or less)
Cost is $22 for a 1/2 bsh. about 25 pounds.
Picking poles are available. $2.00 plus a $1.00 deposit.

Keepsake Orchards
9 Fishkill Farms Rd., Hopewell Jct.
(Wiccopee), NY 12533
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Apple Picking is available but those Fun-filled family events won’t begin ’till sometime in mid-September.

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road,
Newburgh, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
offering later ripening varieties of Apples, as well as Seedless and Table Grapes, Prune Plums, Pears, Green Beans, Tomatoes, many varieties of Hot and Sweet Peppers, Cabbages, Beets, Spinach, Eggplant, Broccoli, and Pumpkins.

DuBois Farms
209 Perkinsville Road, Highland NY 12528
845-795-4037
(from NYC: approx. 1.5 hours)
FREE ADMISSION
Voted Best Pick-Your-Own in the Mid-Hudson Valley; apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes, tomatoes, and pumpkins; lunch; entertainment; and more.

Manza Family Farm
730 Route 211,
Middletown, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
845-692-4363.
U-pick apples and pumpkins, craft store, hay maze, farm animals, hayrides, farm stand.

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Road
Warwick, NY 10990
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Pony Rides, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, & Pumpkin Patch begin mid-September

Mr. Apples Orchard
New Paltz, NY 12440
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)

Pennings Farm Market Inc.
161 South Rte. 94
Warwick NY, 10990
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Pony Rides, Face Painting, Pumpkins, Corn Stalk Maze, Feeding Korral, Make Your Own Scarecrow!

Soons Orchards
23 Soons Circle,
New Hampton NY 10958
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Apple Picking begins on the weekend of Septmber 10.

Wilkens Farm
1335 White Hill Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(from NYC: approx. 1 hour or less)
Half Bushel Picking is required for ‘Pick your Own’ (approx. 22 lbs)

Wright’s Farm Market
699 Route 208
Gardiner, NY 12525
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Pick your own apples and pumpkins Sept- Oct. They are dog friendly and have 400 + acres to roam. So bring a picnic, some wine and good friends and spend the day with us. Cider Donuts and homemade pies available in our farm market. Corn maze and wagon rides (weekend only)

In New Jersey:

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Apples available for picking and Pumpkins available in late September

New Jersey Department of Agriculture
visit this online locale for a large listing of many other New Jersey Apple Orchard Offerings.

Other Interesting Autumn Spots to visit:

Bellvale Farms Creamery
385 State Hwy. 17A,
Warwick, NY
845-988-5414.
200-year old family farm with 120-cow dairy, handcrafted ice cream, pumpkin patch and hayrides in season.

Blooming Hill Organic Farm
1251 Route 208,
Blooming Grove, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.25+ hours)
845-782-7310.
Family-run working organic farm that sells to New York City’s finest restaurants. Farm stand, bakery, grill, gifts and more. Weekends only.

Hodgson’s Farm
2290 Albany Post Road
Walden, NY 12586
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Admission Includes: Tractor-Drawn Hayride to the pumpkin patch, Haunted House, Straw Maze, Barnyard Petting Zoo, Corn Maze. Check their site for admission costs

Pierson Bicentennial Farm
1448 Route 211 West,
Middletown, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
845-386-1882
214-year old family farm. Raspberry and pumpkin picking. Animals, greenhouse, gift shop and farm stand. Octoberfest hayrides, haunted house, mazes, sheep shearing demonstrations and an Indian teepee.

Roe’s Orchards
3278 Route 94,
Chester, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
845-469-4724
Fruits, vegetables, cider. Delicious baked goods on weekends.

Apple Facts:

New York ranks 2nd in apple production in the U.S., producing 1.25 billion pounds last year! September is the perfect time to pick apples for eating, baking, saucing and cider!