Top Apple Picking Places Outside of NYC

Right after Labor Day weekend, all the way through the fall, orchards all around the Tristate area will be blossoming with fresh, juicy apples. Turn your summertime blues into happy time reds by embracing fall’s most fabulous features – apple picking.  Fall can be so much more fun than “sweata weatha.” Apple picking is something you can do with your family, friends, or with your new boyfriend/girlfriend.  I don’t know what it is, but something is really romantic walking through the apple orchards and picking apples together, however; if you’re nervous that you and your guest(s) might be bored, you’ll be surprised how many orchards have more to do than just apple picking. Whether you’re there for the hayrides and cider, or there for the petting zoos and corn mazes, there’s a place for you and your loved one to partake in the perfect fall fun.

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If you’re looking to get away this weekend, why not speak some time picking apples? I mean, some of the best treats out there consist of these juicy fruits; apple pie, cider donuts, hard cider. I’ve decided to save you some time researching and I rounded up some of the best places near New York City.  Who doesn’t want to come home with a basket full of fall’s favorite fruit?!    



Greig’s Farm

Greig’s farm has been open to the public for over 60 years and is open every day from 9am to 7pm rain or shine. It is located in the Hudson Valley region at 227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY, 12571. There is also pumpkin picking down the street as well as a great opportunity to grab some fresh eggs, cheese, meats, fish or flowers. Since this is a farm, I encourage you to grab some blackberries as well.


Barton Orchards

This orchard not only offers 122 areas and 25 varieties of apples, it also has a petting zoo and weekend hayrides for the kids. Throughout October, there is even a haunted house. The farm is open every day from 9am to 5pm with multiple dining options all on site. There is a bakery that sells fresh apple cider donuts, a kitchen that sells burgers, chili, hot dogs and more along with a tap room for adults. If you have a sweet tooth like myself, and want to indulge in the homemade fudge counter. Barton is located at 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, New York. (seems like a fitting street name).    



Wright’s Apple Farm

Located at 669 State Route 208 in Gardiner, New York, this 453-acre farm produces 100,000 bushels of apples annually. They also have a variety of other fruits, including cherries, peaches, plums and nectarines. The farmer’s market is open year-round and a bakery that makes an assortment of pies daily. Let us not forget, there are plenty of pumpkins to pick from, as well.      

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DuBois Farm

DuBois Farm is a little far away from the city, located in Highland, New York (around a 1.75 car ride). The owners saved this land from development around 13 years ago. It is a 54-acre farm and instead of an apartment complex there are fall weekend barbecues, a corn maze, pony ride, a café with apple cider donuts, and PYO plums, pears, peaches, grapes, eggplants, tomatoes, pumpkins, apples and nectarines!


Fishkill Farm

This specific apple orchard has been in the same family for over 100 years and it’s mission had never changed. The mission is to combine the historical identity of the “u-pick” orchard with sustainable farming methods. You can PYO cherries, berries, peaches, nectarines as well as enjoy some live music, hayrides, and barbecues. There are up to 15 apple varieties to choose from, including Idared, Red Delicious, McIntosh and Granny Smith. Opened 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm. Located at 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Fishkill, New York.  

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As you can tell, there is much more to do than just apple picking when going to farms and orchards. Pack a little picnic and head out on an adventure this weekend! Write and tell us what you think your favorite apple-picking place around NYC is! Cheers!


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