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NY State Apple Picking List 2020

Within Driving Distance of NYC and Beyond

We had the fun experience of revisiting Apple Ridge Orchards in Warwick, NY recently. Just as we remember, it’s a joy to be going from tree to tree picking apples and walking about the outdoor air. With lovely panoramic views from the center of the orchards to petting their farm animals these folks are high on our list. Below is a video put together from our last visit.

It’s that time of year again boys and girls; that is, apple picking season. Unfortunately, here in NYC the closest most of us will come to picking apples is heading to the local fruit stand. It’s not exactly the same thing as literally picking your own apples at an orchard, is it?

According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, our state is the second largest producer of apples in America. We’re surpassed by Washington State. The US Dept. of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Services puts 2016’s production numbers for NY State at 1.18 billion pounds from 40,000 harvest acres. That’s a heck of a lot of apples!

So, where does one go to see and pick these apples? Good question, but not a hard one to answer. New Yorkled has a list below of ‘pick your own’ orchards that are within reasonable driving distance of Manhattan. ‘Reasonable’, meaning it won’t take you all day to get there. The farthest locale might be 2 hours we’d say with others only a hour away or so. Keep in mind that some of these places also have pumpkin picking as well as seasonal events such as hay rides, tours, petting zoos, pony rides and more. It would thus behoove you to search out their websites and investigate further what their visiting hours are; and to see what events might be going on at each respective site.

Mind you, in a search through the above mentioned NYSDA I stumbled upon a few locales in Long Island, NY. They’ve been listed below as well.

Visit Apple Ridge Orchards

Be sure to double-check with each of the following listing’s sites for further details.

Long Island Farms:

Lavender By The Bay Inc
7540 Main Rd, East Marion, NY 11839

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Ave., Wading River, NY 11792

R & M Andrews & Son Farm
1038 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY 11933

Apple Picking Locations In New York State:

Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road, Warwick, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5- hours)
New Yorkled had the fine chance of visiting Apple Ridge in 2017’s Autumn and what wonderful experience it was. Amidst the beauty of the nearby rolling hills on a gorgeous day we got to walk all about their farm picking apples and enjoying the awesome clean air. We highly recommend a visit!
Apple Ridge Orchards is the most scenic and rustic pick-your-own apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and peach orchard throughout Warwick Valley. Breathtaking scenery, hay wagon rides, friendly farm animals, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, and their famous local honey, homemade mixes, apple butter and fresh preserves.

Minard Farms
59 Hurds Rd.
PO Box 317, Clintondale, NY 12515
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
NYS Thruway (I-87) exit 18 (New Paltz). They offer u-pick apples weekends and holidays from Labor Day weekend to Nov. 1

Applewood Orchard
82 Four Corners Rd
Warwick NY, 10990
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Featuring music, face painting, wagon rides and the famous puppet shows.

Dr. Davies Farm
Rt. 304 Farm Stand
Congers, NY 10920
(from NYC: approx. 1 hour or less)
Cost is $22 for a 1/2 bsh. about 25 pounds.
Picking poles are available. $2.00 plus a $1.00 deposit.

Keepsake Orchards
9 Fishkill Farms Rd., Hopewell Jct.
(Wiccopee), NY 12533
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Apple Picking is available but those Fun-filled family events won’t begin ’till sometime in mid-September.

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road,
Newburgh, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Offering later ripening varieties of Apples, as well as Seedless and Table Grapes, Prune Plums, Pears, Green Beans, Tomatoes, many varieties of Hot and Sweet Peppers, Cabbages, Beets, Spinach, Eggplant, Broccoli, and Pumpkins.

DuBois Farms
209 Perkinsville Road, Highland NY 12528
(from NYC: approx. 1.5 hours)
Voted Best Pick-Your-Own in the Mid-Hudson Valley; apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes, tomatoes, and pumpkins; lunch; entertainment; and more.

Manza Family Farm
730 Route 211,
Middletown, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
U-pick apples and pumpkins, craft store, hay maze, farm animals, hayrides, farm stand.

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Road
Warwick, NY 10990
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Pony Rides, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, & Pumpkin Patch begin mid-September

Pennings Farm Market Inc.
161 South Rte. 94
Warwick NY, 10990
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Pony Rides, Face Painting, Pumpkins, Corn Stalk Maze, Feeding Korral, Make Your Own Scarecrow!

Rose Hill Farm
“We are the oldest family owned fruit orchard in Dutchess County.  We grow tart cherries, sweet cherries, blueberries, peaches, plums, apricots and over 25 varieties of apples.”
19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook, NY 12571 // 845-758-4215
(from NYC: approx. 2 hours)

Soons Orchards
23 Soons Circle,
New Hampton NY 10958
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Apple Picking begins on the weekend of Septmber 10.

Wilkens Farm
1335 White Hill Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(from NYC: approx. 1 hour or less)
Half Bushel Picking is required for ‘Pick your Own’ (approx. 22 lbs)

Wright’s Farm Market
699 Route 208
Gardiner, NY 12525
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Pick your own apples and pumpkins Sept- Oct. They are dog friendly and have 400 + acres to roam. So bring a picnic, some wine and good friends and spend the day with us. Cider Donuts and homemade pies available in our farm market. Corn maze and wagon rides (weekend only)

In New Jersey:

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Apples available for picking and Pumpkins available in late September

New Jersey Department of Agriculture
This online locale for a large listing of many other New Jersey Apple Orchard Offerings.

Upcoming Seasonal Events

Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

Saturdays & Sundays in October
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Admission will be by timed entry ONLY, with a reduced number of tickets sold every hour starting at 11:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm. Any tickets remaining for each time slot can be purchased on-site on the day-of for an additional $2. Ticket availability is NOT guaranteed for any walk-up sales.

ONLINE – $6.00/person
AT THE GATE – $8.00/person (availability NOT guaranteed)


At the Queens County Farm Museum

The Amazing Maize Maze, sponsored by Con Edison
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in September
September 18, 19, 25, 26, 2020;

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October
Oct 2–30, 2020
Plus Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day)

Fridays, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturdays/Sundays/Columbus Day, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Get lost in NYC’s only corn maze! The Amazing Maize Maze adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues on your way to Victory Bridge where the full vista of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ masterpiece is revealed.

Maze entry will be staggered in order to maintain event capacity.

Advance Tickets Only: $12; $8 (ages 12 & under)

There’s also Maze by Moonlight taking place on October 3 & 24, 2020


Queens Farm Pumpkin Patch

Saturdayss & Sundays, October 3–October 25, 2020;
+ Monday, October 12
11:00 am–4:30 pm


Harvest Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays,
October 3–October 25, 2020;
Plus Monday, October 12
11:00 am–4:30 pm



Other Interesting Autumn Spots to visit:

Bellvale Farms Creamery
385 State Hwy. 17A,
Warwick, NY
200-year old family farm with 120-cow dairy, handcrafted ice cream, pumpkin patch and hayrides in season.

Blooming Hill Organic Farm
1251 Route 208,
Blooming Grove, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.25+ hours)
Family-run working organic farm that sells to New York City’s finest restaurants. Farm stand, bakery, grill, gifts and more. Weekends only.

Hodgson’s Farm
2290 Albany Post Road
Walden, NY 12586
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
Admission Includes: Tractor-Drawn Hayride to the pumpkin patch, Haunted House, Straw Maze, Barnyard Petting Zoo, Corn Maze. Check their site for admission costs

Pierson Bicentennial Farm
1448 Route 211 West,
Middletown, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1.5+ hours)
214-year old family farm. Raspberry and pumpkin picking. Animals, greenhouse, gift shop and farm stand. Octoberfest hayrides, haunted house, mazes, sheep shearing demonstrations and an Indian teepee.

Roe’s Orchards
3278 Route 94,
Chester, NY
(from NYC: approx. 1+ hours)
Fruits, vegetables, cider. Delicious baked goods on weekends.

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