A bushel a day!

The apple orchards of the valley are ripe and ready for picking

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2010

    It may have been off limits for Eve, poor girl, but it would truly be a sin to miss out on the enticing bounty offered at our local pick-your-own apple orchards. In addition to apples, you may also find peaches, pears, grapes, and more. Enjoy a fine fall day by strolling among rows of trees laden with fruit—visit a local orchard this weekend!


Applewood Orchards

82 Four Corners Rd., Warwick



This apple orchard and winery is run by the Hull family and includes plenty of fruit to pick along with entertainment. They make apple cider and donuts, and have tractor rides into the orchard. Applewood also features its own winery where they make Chardonnay’s, Cabernet Franc, and barrel fermented reds, in addition to fruit wines including Hard Apple Cider. Guests can pick their own apples daily from 9am to 5pm through October.


Breezy Hill Orchards

828 Centre Rd., Staatsburg



For the past 25 years, Elizabeth Ryan has owned and operated Breezy Hill orchard and Cider Mill. Breezy Hill isn’t a pick-your-own location (we cheated slightly by adding them to our list) but they produce 100 varieties of apples and other fruit. They sell artisan products that have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Gourmet, and other publications. They are also certified in the Eco Apple program, which means that Breezy Hill chooses the least toxic, minimal-impact methods based on what is best for the orchard ecosystem. Elizabeth Ryan also operates Knoll Krest Farm and Stone Ridge Orchard, a pick-your-own featured further down in the list.


Dressel Farms

271 Rte. 208, New Paltz



Dressel has been a family operated farm for over 50 years. Along with pick-your-own apples, the farm features picnic tables, free hayrides, ice cream, scenic views of the mountains, apple cider that’s made right on the farm, and more. The picking begins in September.


Greig Farm

223 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook



Greig Farm has been open to the public for 60 years and offers a plentiful bounty of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Come visit and feed the goats behind the Gigi Market, and the Koi fish behind Grandiflora Nursery. The new “Fresh Fruit Membership” at the farm includes discounts on all of their fruit. Greig Farm does not use systemic chemicals and chooses natural predators over the chemical solution whenever possible. Open May to October.

Hurds Family Farm
Rte. 32, Modena

A great one to take the grandkids to! Owned by the Hurd family for over 100 years, this 120-acre farm in Modena, specializes in giving visitors a real Fall Harvest experience. For the young and young-at-heart, enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, bonfires, and a cornfield maze.Visit the 18th Century Dutch Threshing Barn for country gifts and refreshments.

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Rd., Warwick



At Masker Orchards, you drive into the 200-acre orchard and take in glorious views of the Valley’s fall foliage. After picking, stop by the Masker Country Store for goods such as candles, kitchenware and baskets of all sizes. There’s even an apple core machine. Masker Orchards opens for the season on September 4 and runs through early November.

Mead Orchards

15 Scism Rd., Tivoli



With stunning views of the Catskill Mountains in the distance, this pick-your-own is open on weekends from 10am until 5:30pm. Pickers stop near the barn for picking containers and directions, and drive up into the orchards. Mead has a free entrance fee, picnic tables, and trees bearing fruit that's within easy reach from the ground. Mead doesn’t offer a concession stand, but they do have a farm stand offering fresh produce.


Soons Orchards

23 Soons Cir., New Hampton



Homemade donuts, pies, fudge and maple syrup at Scotty’s Country Kitchen are just the beginning at Soons Orchards. The orchard grows  50 varieties of apples available for pick your own on weekends or for sale online. Soons is open year round, except June and July, but apple season begins mid-September and runs through October.


Stone Ridge Orchard

Rte. 213, Stone Ridge



Tucked away in the Rondout river valley between the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains lays Stone Ridge Orchard, a 200-year-old historic New York apple orchard. They have a selection of sustainably-grown gourmet fruits and vegetables. Clustered around a majestic oak tree at the top of a hill are a small stand of apple trees. They're the oldest trees on the farm and all classic cultivars: McIntosh, Cortland, Golden Delicious, and Stayman. Stone Ridge features wide varieties of local gourmet produce and farm products as well. Many of the products they carry are only available on a seasonal basis, so every time you visit there will be something new to discover. Pick-your-own runs through November 1st.


Warwick Valley Winery and


114 Little York Rd., Warwick



Along with being a popular winery where you can picnic and listen to live music on the weekends, this scenic spot has pick-your-own apple and pear orchards. They grow Bosc and Bartlett pears and a multitude of apples. Some of the apples they grow were popular hundreds of years ago (e.g. Spitzenberg, which was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite). After harvesting your own fruit, spend the rest of the day exploring the winery, which includes a wine tasting room and the Pané Café. Picking begins in early September and continues through early November.


Weed Orchards

43 Mount Zion Rd., Marlboro



Weed Orchards is a fourth generation fruit farm situated at the base of the Marlboro Mountains bursting with a variety of produce. When you go to pick-your-own, you get to travel in style. Local craftsman John Nicklin constructed an old-fashioned wagon to escort customers through the orchards to pick apples, or to just enjoy a leisurely ride around the farm. The newly renovated Apple Bakery located in the Weed Orchard Farm Market, offers a taste-testing of different farm fresh products such as fresh baked pies, muffins, turnovers and fresh baked hot apple cider donuts. Picnic tables surround the lake so that you may sit, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Wrights Apple Farm

699 Rte. 208, Gardiner



Wrights Apple Farm has a bakery, farm, and fruit stand on location. Bring a picnic lunch and choose your own apples. Or, peruse the market for produce. The farm stand is open year round and routinely offers free samples where one can taste produce before buying. They also have samples of homemade jams, apple sauces, and cider doughnuts. Apple picking season begins September 11 and ends October 31.


Visit hvlife.com/pickyourown for additional locations to explore this fall.

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