"A" is for Apple - Sound Shore Moms of Westchester

Via Westchester Family 

By Jean Sheff


Everyone is heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean family outings must stop. Keep learning your ABCs when you literally take on A is for apple at your local orchard.

Yes, the top fun-for-all activity in September is apple picking. You can easily get apples in the grocery store, but here in the Northeast pick-your-own is the perfect outdoor family activity.

Plus, it’s educational, shouldn’t your children see how apples grow – certainly not in a plastic bag at the supermarket. And when kids pick apples, they tend to eat them too! So be prepared, your family will to polish off these nutritious beauties in no time.

Visit these orchards for nearby apple picking. Some locations also sell other items such as farm fresh fruits, vegetables and apple cider. And some offer freshly made donuts and apple pie. Others celebrate the season with hayrides, animals, corn mazes and kids’ activities. So, get the family together and go apple picking on a perfect September day!

Heading Out to Pick-Your-Own

Some farms have pick-your-own on weekends only so always call ahead to ask about activities, picking hours, crop availability, variety and prices to make sure your family has the best experience possible!

Westchester County, N.Y.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

Country store, educational visits

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

914-485-1210. harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Outhouse Orchards


139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

914-277-3188. outhouseorchardsny.com

Stuart’s Farm

62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs

914-245-2784. stuartsfarm.com

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Hayrides to and from the orchard

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights

914-245-5111. wilkensfarm.com

Dutchess County, N.Y.

Barton Orchards

Hayrides, petting zoo on weekends

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag

845-227-2306. bartonorchards.com

Cedar Heights Orchard

Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck

845-876-3231. rhinebeckapples.com

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction

845-897-4377. fishkillfarms.com

Fraleigh’s Rose Hill Farm

19 Rose Hill Farm, off Rte. 9, Red Hook

845-758-4215. pickrosehillfarm.com

Greig Farm

223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

845-758-1234. greigfarm.com

Lawrence Farms Orchard

39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh

845-562-4268. lawrencefarmsorchards.com

Mead Orchards

15 Scism Road, off Rte. 9, Tivoli

845-756-5641. meadorchards.com

Meadowbrook Farms

29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls

845-297-3002. meadowbrookfarmmarket.com

Fairfield County, Conn.

Blue Jay Orchards

Hayrides start in October

125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel

203-748-0119. bluejayorchardsct.com

Silverman’s Farm

Open year-round, hayrides, animal farm

451 Sport Hill Road, Easton

203-261-3306. silvermansfarm.com

Long Island, N.Y.

Davis Peach Farm

Farm animals, apples

Hulse Landing Road, Wading River

631-929-1115. davispeachfarm.com

Fort Salonga Farm

30 Meadow Glen Road, Northport

631-269-9666. fortsalongafarm.com

The Milk Pail

1346 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill

631-537-2565. milk-pail.com

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

U-Pick yearly membership required

purchase on arrival at farm, $20/family

28700 Main Road (Rte. 25), Cutchogue

631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Orange County, N.Y.

Applewood Orchard & Winery

Wagon rides, puppet shows, farm animals

82 Four Corners Road, Warwick

845-986-1684. applewoodorchards.com

Masker Orchards

Music and horse-drawn wagon rides

45 Ball Road, off Rte. 17A, Warwick

845-986-1058. maskers.com

Ochs Orchard

Farm animals, baked goods and ice cream

4 Ochs Lane, off Rte. 94, Warwick

845-986-1591. ochsorchard.net

Pennings Orchard

Hayrides, farm market, farm animals

169 State Rte. 94 South, Warwick

845-986-7080. penningsorchard.com

Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

114 Little York Road, Warwick

845-258-4858. wvwinery.com

Rockland County, N.Y.

Dr. Davies Farm


306 Rte. 304, Congers

845-268-7020. drdaviesfarm.com

The Orchards of Concklin

Rte. 45 and S. Mountain Road, Pomona

845-354-0369. theorchardsofconcklin.com

Ulster County, N.Y.

Apple Hill Farm


124 Rte. 32 South, New Paltz

845-255-1605. applehillfarm.com

Apple Valley Farms

155 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz


Dressel Farms

Pick-your-own weekends only, hayrides

271 Rte. 208, New Paltz

845-255-0693. dresselfarms.com

Hurd’s Family Farm

Hayrides and farm animals

2187 Rte. 32, Modena

845-883-7825. hurdsfamilyfarm.com

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards

69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz

845-255-0999. jlorchards.com

Locust Grove Fruit Farm

Weekends only, farm stand, cider donuts and wagon rides

199 North Road, Milton

845-795-5194. locustgrovefruitfarm.com

Minard Farms

250 Hurds Road, Clintondale

866-632-7753. minardfarms.com

Prospect Hill Orchards


40 Clarkes Lane, Milton

845-795-2383. prospecthillorchards.com

Tantillo’s Farm Market

730 Rte. 208, Gardiner

845-256-9109. tantillosfarm.com

Weed Orchards

Hayrides, farm animals, cafe and bakery

43 Mt. Zion Road, Marlboro

845-236-2684. weedorchards.com

Wilklow Orchards

341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland

845-691-2339. wilkloworchards.com

Posted 12:00 am, August 27, 2018

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