Believe it or not, the season of fall is officially upon us. Wednesday, September 23rd marks the first official day of fall. But with the explosion of pumpkin-flavored goods and Halloween decorations already lining the shelves, one may have thought autumn started back on September 1st. With the sun setting earlier and the coming changes of the leaves brings the many coveted fall festivities: apple picking, pumpkin picking and all the food that comes with it.
Lucky for New Yorkers, there is an abundance of land in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York region that offers many farms and orchards. Acres of plush fields along the Hudson River and the tree-filled mountains of the Catskills and Adirondacks give way for beautiful foliage and scenery during the season of fall. Whether picking apples off trees is a sport for you or not, one can’t deny the beautiful landscape in New York City’s backyard. Just a short drive north, between 40 minutes to an hour outside of the city, New Yorkers can get a taste of upstate and participate in all sorts of seasonal activities.
Although temperatures might still be fairly high, harvest season is currently in full swing. Most people won’t head to an orchard until nearly October, when they can grab some apples and a pumpkin all in one visit. But October is truly for picking the best pumpkins, and September for the ripest apples. So now is the time to throw on a flannel shirt and head upstate for some fresh-picked apples, homemade cider and mouthwatering donuts.
There are tons of fun activities for all ages at most of the orchards and farms in the Hudson Valley region. Whether you have children to take on hayrides and let loose through corn mazes, significant others to share bites of an apple or a group of friends to clink glasses with, there is something for everyone. Feed your appetite, indulge your sweet tooth, admire the colors and aesthetics of the season, and relish in the past time of apple picking in autumn. These are just three awesome and popular orchards in upstate New York that beg for fall activities and apple picking.
Barton Orchards is more than just an orchard for apple picking. Located in Poughquag, Barton also features a vegetable garden, petting zoo, weekend hayrides, a haunted house in October and a five-acre corn maze.
With acres of trees that dot the landscape, families can have fun harvesting the ripest and juiciest apples around. Apple bags can be picked up at the Apple Stand on weekends or in the Farm Market on weekdays.
Address: 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY 12570
Outhouse Orchards is a family owned and operated orchard in North Salem of northern Westchester. Walk up to the barn and grab yourself a half bushel “pick your own” bag and take a tour of the orchard as you find the best apples to fill your bag with. You can also pick your own pumpkin and gourds.
Outhouse Orchards serves up what might just be the best selection of homemade doughnuts, fudge, pies and other goodies!
Address: 139 Hardscrabble Road PO Box 202 North Salem, NY 10560
Applewood Orchards & Winery
Applewood Orchards & Winery is located in Warwick, New York and is rich in family history and tradition! The first trees were planted back in 1950, and can still be found today right behind Apple Dave’s Farmhouse! You can roam the orchard and take your pick of a variety of apples, and pumpkins. Take the kids on a wagon ride, stroll through the country store or sample the latest creation from the distillery and winery on-site… something for everyone in the family!
With no admission, parking or entertainment fees, Applewood Orchard is a great option not too far from New York City.
The town of Warwick is also home to Applefest, which takes place on Sunday, October 4, and features live music, crafts and a highly competitive apple-pie-baking contest.
Address: 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990