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
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
Hayrides to and from the orchard
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
Dutchess County, N.Y.
Hayrides, petting zoo on weekends
63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag
Cedar Heights Orchard
Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
Fraleigh’s Rose Hill Farm
19 Rose Hill Farm, off Rte. 9, Red Hook
223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Lawrence Farms Orchard
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh
15 Scism Road, off Rte. 9, Tivoli
29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls
Fairfield County, Conn.
Blue Jay Orchards
Hayrides start in October
125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel
Open year-round, hayrides, animal farm
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton
Long Island, N.Y.
Davis Peach Farm
Farm animals, apples
Hulse Landing Road, Wading River
Fort Salonga Farm
30 Meadow Glen Road, Northport
The Milk Pail
1346 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
U-Pick yearly membership required
purchase on arrival at farm, $20/family
28700 Main Road (Rte. 25), Cutchogue
Orange County, N.Y.
Applewood Orchard & Winery
Wagon rides, puppet shows, farm animals
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
Music and horse-drawn wagon rides
45 Ball Road, off Rte. 17A, Warwick
Farm animals, baked goods and ice cream
4 Ochs Lane, off Rte. 94, Warwick
Hayrides, farm market, farm animals
169 State Rte. 94 South, Warwick
Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery
114 Little York Road, Warwick
Rockland County, N.Y.
Dr. Davies Farm
306 Rte. 304, Congers
The Orchards of Concklin
Rte. 45 and S. Mountain Road, Pomona
Ulster County, N.Y.
Apple Hill Farm
124 Rte. 32 South, New Paltz
Apple Valley Farms
155 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz
Pick-your-own weekends only, hayrides
271 Rte. 208, New Paltz
Hurd’s Family Farm
Hayrides and farm animals
2187 Rte. 32, Modena
69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
Locust Grove Fruit Farm
Weekends only, farm stand, cider donuts and wagon rides
199 North Road, Milton
250 Hurds Road, Clintondale
Prospect Hill Orchards
40 Clarkes Lane, Milton
Tantillo’s Farm Market
730 Rte. 208, Gardiner
Hayrides, farm animals, cafe and bakery
43 Mt. Zion Road, Marlboro
341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland