By: Lyla Gleason
Now that the school year is underway, its time to get excited for our favorite fun-for-all fall activity…apple picking. The tri-state area is full of Pick-Your-Own orchards with apple trees in every variety, farm and animal adventures, delicious treats and plenty of fun-filled outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re stocking up on apples as a healthy on-the-go snack, making homemade applesauce or planning to bake some fruity desserts, fresh fall apples will surely please even the pickiest eaters.
Grab your camera and plan to have some family adventures at these New York, New Jersey and Connecticut farms. Note: all farms are dependent on weather so call ahead to confirm times and fruit availability and be sure to wear appropriate footwear in case of mud.
Family Friendly Apple Picking in New York
Lewin Farms – Long Island
Harbes Family Farm – Long Island
Bartons Orchards – Hudson Valley, New York
Family Friendly Apple Picking in New Jersey
Alstede Farms – Chester, New Jersey
Demarest Farms – Hillsdale, New Jersey
Terhune Orchards – Princeton, New Jersey
The 27-acre orchard features a wide variety of dwarf trees making this a great option for families with young kids. The Pick-Your-Own apple season begins with Gala and moves on to Empire, Fuji, Macon, Granny Smith, Red
Golden Delicious, Stayman Winesap and more. Call the farm store at 609-924-2310 to find out which varieties are available on the day you plan to visit. Admission is free and apples are sold by weight. Free wagon rides are available through the orchards on weekends and Apple Days Harvest Festivals ($8 or free under 3) take place on seven fall weekends with live music, food, kids activities, discovery and adventure barns and more. The farm store features a wide range of harvest vegetables, baked goods, freshly pressed apple cider as well as their famed apple cider donuts.
Pick-Your-Own apple orchard is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Family Friendly Apple Picking in Connecticut
Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard – Shelton, Connecticut
Originally a dairy farm, Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard has been around since 1849. With more than 10,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees in its Pick-Your-Own orchards, Beardsley’s a good option for families with small children. This year’s apple season kicks off with Gala, Macon and Cortland but check out their varieties and schedule online before you go. Pricing is $1.85 per pound plus a $1 bag fee (cash or check only). If you love apple cider, don’t miss the state-of-the-art apple press or their untreated cider for making hard (alcoholic) cider. A variety of fresh bakery items like pies, cider donuts, pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, fruit breads and scones are also available so come hungry.
Pick-Your-Own is weekends only, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Silverman’s Farm – Easton, Connecticut
Silverman’s Farm has been family owned and operated since 1924 and features more than 20 apple varieties. The season begins with Cortland, Red and Gold Delicious, and Empire apples and continues throughout fall. Their detailed apple harvest schedule also pairs apple varieties with baking guidelines. The farm’s Weekend Down Home Frolic events are a blast from the past with live music (fiddle, banjo, etc,), fresh kettle corn, and kid-friendly activities. Last but not least, animal lovers will enjoy Silverman’s rustic animal farm featuring buffalo, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, and long-horn cattle. Don’t miss the huge selection of homemade pies, apple cider and apple cider donuts
The orchard is open daily for Pick-Your-Own from 9 am to 4:30 pm
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