By: Stefanie DiMartino
Fall brings not only the crisp air and changing leaves, but the chance to visit different farms and orchards for apple and pumpkin picking. It is the perfect and quintessential fall thing to do! Even with the unfortunate restrictions, this year has imposed, it is a fun activity for all ages that can be enjoyed outdoors. And with proper safety measures still taken, of course! If you’re looking for the best apple and pumpkin picking farms near NYC, read below for my top picks.
The Top 7 Best Apple and Pumpkin Picking Farms near NYC
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY 12570 | 845-227-2306
Barton Orchards is an orchard I’ve been visiting since I’m a kid, and one of my favorites, which is why it had to be on the best apple and pumpkin picking farms near NYC list. Barton Orchards is a 175-acre apple orchard and vegetable farm located in Poughquag, New York, which is about an hour and a half away from the city. They offer all the perfect fall things and are the “premier Pick Your Own farm in the Hudson Valley. Stop by the Ice Cream Stand to try our famous Apple Cider Donut Sundae, grab a bite to eat, and visit the Farm Market. We also have a great selection of local craft beer, wine, and cider at the Tap Room, with beautiful outdoor seating areas.” – Barton Orchards
DEMAREST FARM & ORCHARD
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642 | 201-666-0472
Less than 25 miles from NYC, Demarest Farm & Orchard offers “pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. The farm market offers the finest quality fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as many of the conveniences and services sought today by patrons: a from-scratch salad bar, country bakery, delicatessen, ice cream parlor, and an endless selection of indulgent goodies (like homemade doughnuts and apple cider!) as well as unique gift and gourmet items.” – Demarest Farms
HARVEST MOON FARM & ORCHARD
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560 | 914-485-1210
Another great apple and pumpkin picking farm is Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, located a little over an hour away from NYC. Harvest Moon has all the fall vibes and Instagram worthy photos! “Not just a fruit, flower and vegetable farm, Harvest Moon also raises antibiotic and hormone-free, organic animals. They also sell their very own hard cider (Hardscrabble Cider), their own farm fresh free-range eggs, local honey, local dairy & cheeses, local maple syrup, and other country store items. From the bakery, you can expect their famous apple cider donuts (every day!), fruit pies, and specialty pastries.” Truly, Harvest Moon has something for everyone! – Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
LAWRENCE FARMS ORCHARDS
306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550 | 845-562-4268
Lawrence Farms Orchards is located in Newburgh, New York, approximately an hour and a half from NYC. Firstly, in addition to picking apples and pumpkins, you can take in stunning mountain views. Secondly, there are lots of tasty food and drink options available! It is sure to be a fun time!
451 Sport Hill Rd., Easton, CT 06612 | 203-261-3306
Silverman’s Farm is located in Shelton, Connecticut, a little over 60 miles from NYC. The Country market offers everything from fruits and vegetables to dairy products, jams, jellies, and condiments, plus pies, donuts, and other baked goods. Most importantly, there is a beautiful pumpkin patch, allowing you to enjoy fall foliage and pumpkins, all while having fun! There is also an animal farm!
WEED ORCHARDS & WINERY
43 Mount Zion Road, Marlboro, NY 12542 | 845-236-2684
For more apple and pumpkin picking fun near NYC, you can visit Weed Orchards & Winery. Weed Orchards & Winery is located in Ulster County, NY (approximately 60 miles north of NYC). It is the perfect spot to spend time with family or friends for some fall fun! They offer “Pick-Your-Own” where visitors are welcomed to pick their own produce and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the farm. Over the years, they’ve expanded even more to include a bakery, cafe, petting zoo, corn maze, playground, and a Winery, established in 2014.” – Weed Orchards & Winery
WILKENS FRUIT & FIR FARM
1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 | 914-245-5111
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm is located about an hour north of NYC. Wilkens operates “as a Pick-Your-Own and Choose-and-Cut farm with peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, over 40 varieties of apples, pumpkins, and Douglas and Fraser Fir Christmas trees available for harvest. Two of the original barns are open to the public as markets. One barn functions as a bakery with apple cider donuts, strudel sticks and fruit pies available. The other barn is primarily the farm market with pre-picked produce, fresh apple cider, honey, maple syrup and preserves. There is also a gift shop on the second floor of the farm market. The cider mill is still used today for fresh cider production and there’s a winery.” – Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
In conclusion, these are my top best apple and pumpkin picking farms near NYC. With so many great choices, you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the fall, and get your apple and pumpkin picking on!