Take Your Pick: Apples, Pumpkins, Hayrides and Fall Fun

Take Your Pick: Apples, Pumpkins, Hayrides and Fall Fun

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NEW YORK IS THE SECOND-LARGEST apple producing state in the country, and the Hudson Valley produces nearly 25 percent of the state’s crop. Right now it’s apple time in the Hudson Valley, and farms from Granite Springs to Gardiner to Ghent are brimming with varieties ready for picking.

In addition to bestsellers like Macintosh, Empire, Gala and Honeycrisp, you can find heirloom varieties like Esopus Spitzenburg (a spicy apple discovered in Ulster County), Chenango Strawberry (a sweet, fragrant apple also native to New York), Cox’s Orange Pippin (England’s most famous dessert apple) and Calville Blanc d’Hiver (a tart French baking apple that dates back to 1598). And there are new varieties like SnapDragon. “It is really exceptional,” says Steve Clarke, of Prospect Hill Orchards. “When you bite into it you get that burst of flavor you get with most apples, but with this apple I find the flavors just keep exploding in your mouth.”

Not all varieties of apples ripen at the same time—reason enough to keep coming back to your favorite orchard. Many farms now include on-site markets, complete with pre-picked produce and fresh-baked apple cider doughnuts or pies, craft cider and tasting rooms, and there are activities like haunted houses, hayrides and corn mazes.

And, when the apples are through, the pumpkin patch awaits.

Check our U-pick listings, double-check the farms’ websites for schedules and availability, pack up the family. See you at the farm!

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Don Baker Farm
183 Rt 14, Hudson
(518) 828-9542; donbakerfarm.com
PYO: daily 9-5
apples

Fix Brothers Fruit Farm
215 White Birch Rd, Hudson
(518) 828-4401; fixbrosfruitfarm.com
PYO: daily 8-5
apples, pumpkins; IPM method

Golden Harvest Farms
3074 US Rt 9, Valatie
(518) 758-7683; goldenharvestfarms.com
PYO: Sat-Sun 9-4
apples

Love Apple Farm
1421 Rt 9H, Ghent
(518) 828-5048; loveapplefarm.com
PYO: daily 8-6
apples

Philip Orchards Farm
270 Rt 9H, Claverack
(518) 851-6351; philiporchards.com
PYO: daily 9-5:30
apples; IPM method

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook
(518) 758-7224; samascott.com
PYO: daily 8-5
apples, pumpkins, squash

Smith Farms
200 White Birch Rd, Hudson
(518) 828-1228; smithfarmshudson.com
PYO: Mon-Thu 10-5, Fri-Sat 10-4
apples

Yonder Farms
37 Maple Ln, Valatie
(518) 758-7011; yonderfruitfarms.com
PYO: Sat–Sun 9-6
apples, pumpkins


DUTCHESS COUNTY

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag
(845) 227-2306; bartonorchards.com
PYO: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat–Sun 9-6
apples, tap room; IPM method

Cedar Heights Orchards
8 Crosby Ln, Rhinebeck
(845) 876-3231; rhinebeckapples.com
PYO: 9-dusk daily
apples

Dykeman Farm
823 W Dover Rd, Pawling
(845) 832-6068; dykemanfarm.com
PYO: Sat–Sun 10-5
pumpkins

Fishkill Farms
9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction
(845) 897-4377; fishkillfarms.com
PYO: daily 9-6
apples, pumpkins, cidery

Green Horizons Organic
6 S Dingle Ln, Pawling
(845) 855-5555
PYO: by appointment only
apples, pumpkins

Greig Farm
223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook
(845) 758-1234; greigfarm.com
PYO: daily sunlight hours
apples, pumpkins

Meadowbrook Farm
29 Old Myers Corners Rd, Wappingers Falls
(845) 297-3002; meadowbrookfarmmarket.com
PYO: daily 9-6
apples, pumpkins

Mead Orchards Farm
15 Scism Rd, Tivoli
(845) 756-5641; meadorchards.com
PYO: Sat–Sun 10-6
apples


ORANGE COUNTY

Apple Dave’s Orchards
82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick
(845) 986-1684; appledavesorchardsanddistillery.com
PYO: daily 9-5
apples, pumpkins, distillery, cidery

Jones Farm
190 Angola Rd, Cornwall
(845) 534-4445; jonesfarminc.com
PYO: Mon & Wed–Fri 8-6, Sat–Sun 8-5
pumpkins

Late Bloomer Farm
32 Union St, Montgomery
(845) 742-8705; facebook.com/latebloomerfarm
PYO: Wed-Sun 10-6
pumpkins

Lawrence Farms Orchards
306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh
(845) 562-4268; lawrencefarmsorchards.com
PYO: daily 9-4
apples, pumpkins; IPM method

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Rd, Warwick
(845) 986-1058; maskers.com
PYO: daily 9-5
apples

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Ln, Warwick
(845) 986-1591; ochsorchard.net
PYO: Wed-Sun 9-5
apples, pumpkins

Pennings Farm Market Orchard
169 Rt 94, Warwick
(845) 986-1059; penningsorchard.com
PYO: daily 9-5
apples, cidery

Pierson Farm & Greenhouse
1448 Rt 211 W, Middletown
(845) 386-1882; piersonsfarm.com
PYO: daily 10-6
pumpkins

Sleepy Hills Orchard
1328 Rt 284, Johnson
(845) 726-3797; sleepyhillsorchard.com
PYO: Sat-Sun 10-4
apples

Soons Orchard
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
(845) 374-5471; soonsorchard.com
PYO: daily 9-6
apples, pumpkins; IPM method

Warwick Valley Winery, Distillery & Orchards
114 Little York Rd, Warwick
(845) 258-4858; wvwinery.com
PYO: Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5
apples, pears, winery/distillery, cidery

Wright Family Farm
329 Kings Hwy, Warwick
(845) 986-1345; wrightfamilyfarm.com
PYO: Sept: Sat-Sun 12-6/Oct: Fri 4-6, Sat-Sun 10-6
pumpkins


ROCKLAND COUNTY

Dr. Davies Farm
306 Rt 304, Congers
(845) 268-7020; drdaviesfarm.com
PYO: daily 10-4
apples, pumpkins

Orchards of Concklin
2 S Mountain Rd, Pamona
(845) 354-0369; theorchardsofconcklin.com
PYO: Sun 10-5
apples; IPM method


ULSTER COUNTY

Dressel Farms
271 Rt 208, New Paltz
(845) 255-0693; dresselfarms.com
PYO: daily 9-6
apples, pumpkins, cidery

Dubois Farms
209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland
(845) 795-4037; duboisfarms.com
PYO: daily 10-5
apples, pumpkins

Hurds Family Farm
2187 Rt 32, Modena
(845) 883-7825; hurdsfamilyfarm.com
PYO: daily 9-5
apples, pumpkins; IPM method

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards
69 Yankee Foley Rd, New Paltz
(845) 255-0999; jlorchards.com
PYO: daily 9-5
apples, pumpkins

Kelder’s Farm & Homegrown Mini Golf
5755 Rt 209, Kerhonkson
(845) 626-7137; keldersfarm.com
PYO: daily 10-6
apples, pumpkins

Locust Grove Fruit Farm
199 North Rd, Milton
(845) 795-5194; locustgrovefruitfarm.com
PYO: Sat-Sun 10-5
Apples, pumpkins

Prospect Hill Orchards
73 Clarks Ln, Milton
(845) 795-2383; prospecthillorchards.com
PYO: Sat–Sun 9-4
apples, pumpkins

Saunderskill Farm
5100 Rt 209, Accord
(845) 626-2676; saunderskill.com
PYO: Tue–Sat 7-6; Sun 7-5
apples, pumpkins

Tantillo’s Farm
730 Rt 208, Gardiner
(845) 256-9109; tantillosfarm.com
PYO: daily 9-4:30
pumpkins, apples

Twin Star Orchards
155 N. Ohioville Rd, New Paltz
(845) 633-8657; twinstarorchards.com
PYO: Fri-Sun 11-7
apples, cidery

Wallkill View Farms
15 Rt 299 W, New Paltz
(845) 255-8050; wallkillviewfarmmarket.com
PYO: daily 9-6:30
pumpkins

Weed Orchards & Winery
43 Mount Zion Rd, Marlboro
(845) 236-7848; weedorchards.com
PYO: Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat-Sun 9-5
apples, pumpkins, winery/cidery; IPM method

Wright’s Farm
699 Rt 208, Gardiner
(845) 255-5300; eatapples.com
PYO: daily 8-4:30
apples; IPM method

Wilklow Orchards Farm
341 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland
(845) 691-2339; wilkloworchards.com
PYO: daily 9-6
apples, pumpkins


WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
(914) 485-1210; harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com
PYO: daily 9-4:30
apples, pumpkins, cidery; IPM method

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
(914) 277-3188; outhouseorchardsny.com
PYO: daily 9-5
pumpkins, apples

Stuart’s Fruit Farm
62 Granite Springs Rd, Granite Springs
(914) 245-2784; stuartsfarm.com
PYO: daily 10-5
apples, pumpkins

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights
(914) 245-5111; wilkensfarm.com
PYO: daily 10-4:30
apples, pumpkins, winery; IPM method

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