The Big Apple – Top 5 apple picking farms near NYC

Need a little nature fix? Travel further than the farmers’ market this weekend for some pick-your-own apples. The best part … you don’t even need a car to get to these PYO farms. Not only will you be supporting local farms but you’ll also save CO2 by traveling via public transit, and did we mention that fresh country air, apple cider, and yummy baked goods? Load up your reusable tote this weekend at our top 5 apple picking farms.

Top Pick

Fishkill Farms, Fishkill, NY – Pick from 15 organic apple varieties like our fave, Granny smith. Plus, FF has hayrides, music, bbq, and other fall favorites. Open 7 days through October and Tuesday through Sunday in November.

Other Amazing PYO Farms

Hank’s Pumpkintown, Watermill, NY – Don’t let the name fool you, this spot is a go-to for apple picking. There is also apple cider, candy apples, and apple pie as well as a corn maze, wagon rides, and more. Open Saturday and Sunday through October.

Maskers Orchards, Warwick, NY – Stock up on Macintosh, Cortlands, and Golden Delicious apples and apple butter and jams at this 200-acre farm. Open Saturdays through early November.

Jenkins & Luekin Orchards, New Paltz, NY – Fuji, Gala, Ida Read … pick ‘em by the bushel at this 50-year-old family-run farm. Take a run through the corn maze and after stop by the bakery for hot-out-of-the-oven apple pie. Open 7 days a week through October.

Outhouse Orchards, North Salem, NY – Three words: apple cider donuts. Try to eat just one. Oh yeah, there’s also Cortlands to pick and apple cider. Mmmm. Open 7 days a week through October.

Fun Fact: America’s longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard and was still bearing fruit when a derailed train struck it in 1866.

Now that you’re stocked up, try these mouth-watering recipes: Granny Smith Guacamole, Confetti Apple Slaw, and Baked Organic Apples Stuffed with Winter Fruit Compote.

What are you going to make with your apples?

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