Apple Picking is the Perfect Excuse to Escape New York City

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Last weekend kicked off the official apple picking season! If you're looking for a day trip out of the city, here are the perfect spots to get all your fall experiences. There are options for both New Jersey and New York to apple pick. There are other honorary mentions that have fall activities to check out.

I love all things fall. The days are cooler. The leaves begin to change, You get to bundle up, heat up a cup of cider, and cozy up with a blanket. In the city, I feel like the fall activities can be overlooked, and leaving the city is a nice treat.

Disclaimer, how the farms operate is before COVID. I strongly suggest checking each location's website and their COVID rules and regulations before going. Staple, have your mask, keep a distance from other apple picking goers, and don't be surprised if hayrides aren't a thing.

My Tips for Apple Picking:

  • Wear closed toes shoes

  • Do not try those wooden stack apple pickers; I got such a bad splinter, and it was scarring

  • Always wait on the line for Cider Donuts

  • Check when apple are prime for picking to pick the apples you want

  • Ladies keep to small bags, light pack, or no bag

New Jersey:

Demarest Farms

This is right around the corner from my house. I could easily walk there. The smell of apple cider donuts that come from this space makes your mouth water. The farm is located in Hillsdale, New Jersey, right by the Garden State Parkway. The orchard is across the street from the store. Typically a hayride takes you up from the parking lot across the street; however, this year, you drive straight into the orchard. They also have a petting zoo!

Wightman Farms

Located in Morristown, New Jersey, and was established in 1922. The market is open seven days a week from 8 AM - 6 PM; however, pick your apples is on the weekend from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. To go apple picking, you buy a ticket at the gate and then pay for your apple at the end.

Alstede Farms

Located in Chester, New Jersey, with lots of land to offer many attractions. Before going to the farm, buy your ticket for admissions online. The site also suggests you call to see which apples you can pick when planning to go. After picking the apples you want, stay for the live music and enjoy the farm!

New York:

Pennings Farm

Penning has so many different attractions in Warwick, New York! I love going here. Pennings has the store, beer gardens, and cider. For apple picking, you drive into the orchard and want the variations of apples. On your way into the orchard, you buy your bag to fill up. They check the car, and you leave to see if you have any additional bags.

After picking the apples of your choice, they have an area to pick your pumpkins. Once you're done with all the picking, enjoy live music or tastings at the Beer Garden or Cidery.

Applewood Winery

Another apple picking spot in Warwick, New York, is a bit down the road from Pennings. Here you park in the field in front of the store, snag a bag to fill in the orchard, and pay as you leave depending on the amount you pick.

Maskers Farms

Another orchard in Warwick, New York! This region is known for its orchards. This is a quieter apple picking spot. If you are looking to apple pick without a large crowd, this would be the spot to check out. Here you can drive your car right to the apple variation you want to pick!

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm

Located in Yorktown Heights, New York, you can train here and uber the rest of the city. As you enter the parking lot, you smell the amazing smells coming from the bakery. The farm is only open Wednesday till Monday; it is closed Tuesday. Here you can walk into the orchard or get a hayride to the apples. Other fall things you can do here is enjoy the winery. They do tastings!

Honorary mention for farms to visit and get the fall experience that does not have apple picking are below:

Abma's Farm:

It is located in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Come here for fantastic fall decor and display for Insta perfect moments. Pick up a picnic and go into the market to get great food.

Angry Orchard:

Do you love buying the hard cider is the store? Go to this fantastic orchard. You cannot pick the apples, but you get cider donuts, tasting, get ciders to enjoy, or growers. TreeHouse Masters made a treehouse that is on the grounds as well!

If you go to any of these locations, you will not go wrong this fall! Happy apple picking and all fall things! Yay fall!

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