The Hudson Valley Apple Farm Guide
Here's a quick list of the region's most recognized apple farms.
Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont
Founded in 1916, this innovative place will legally remain a farm in perpetuity. Still, don’t wait too long to visit, pick a peck, have brunch in the café, or head to the cidery and brewery. Picking season starts September 1. Prices for pick-your-own are $22 for one half bushel bag; $18 for two or more half bushel bags.
Goold Orchard, Castleton
The 30th Annual Apple Festival takes place October 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids can make crafts and go on hay rides, while adults can enjoy wine tastings for only $8 a person. Not free that weekend? Come on any weekend during the picking season to pick-your-own apples.
Philip Orchards, Claverack
Be ready to start picking here around Labor Day. No hayrides, nothing to distract from the trees themselves: it’s an apple-lover’s dream. The orchard grows 23 different varieties of apples and pears. You'll have a hard time choosing one, so mix and match to try what you want.
Boehm Farm, Climax
This farm stand with pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, and peaches has been serving up quality produce for more than 100 years, and is the only family-owned and operated apple orchard remaining in Greene County.
Pick hard-to-find apples at this 1,000-acre farm. The garden market offers 30 varieties of vegetable and herb plants, seasonal produce, and homemade ice cream. If you are interested in the farmers market, the Samascott booth appears at a variety of locations throughout the week.
Jenkins-Lueken Orchard, New Paltz
Enjoy a hay ride to the u-pick orchards (with a pit stop at the corn maze); later, hit the market for one-stop dinner shopping.
Hurds Family Farm, Modena
Boredom? Impossible here, with giant slides, pedal carts, bouncy air pillows, train rides, nature trails, hayrides, and a two-acre corn maze. Did we mention apple-picking, too? Afterward, grab some eats at the cafe.
Barton Orchards, Poughquag
Pick from 25 apple varieties, then wander between the five-acre corn maze, haunted house, inflatables, and a pedal kart race track.
Lawrence Farms Orchards, Newburgh
If you love to pick your own fruits and vegetables, then this is the place for you. Not only does the orchard have 17 types of apples throughout the season, but it has raspberries, pears, green peppers, corn, and much more as well. Admission is $3 per person, but visitors can score a season pass for only $10 per person. The pass gives you access to the farm from June to October and includes a 10 percent discount on produce purchases.
Salinger’s Orchard, Brewster
This orchard was established in 1901 and is still owned by the same family. It grows 18 types of apples that are already picked for you — along with preserves, dressings, and honey.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown
Take a hayride to pick your own apples, visit the markets to buy cider, preserves, and more, but definitely stop by the bakery to watch the team prepare its delicious cider donuts. Check out the farm’s newest addition, the White Hill Vineyard and its tasting and tank rooms.
Pennings Farm, Warwick
Pony rides and pumpkin painting enthrall kids, the market offers artisan foodie items, and a pub and grill in a converted barn serves local craft beer and food, with live music on weekends. Half bushel bags of apples are $30, cash only.
Market: 845.986.5959; Orchard: 845.986.7080
The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona
Back in 1711, Nickolas Concklin purchased some land in Pomona and started farming. The farm is still owned by the Concklins, with apple picking on Sundays only during September and October. Don’t forget to visit the farm store and bakery, either.
Fishkill Farms, Fishkill
This family-owned orchard has been in the Morgenthau family for over 100 years. Fast forward to now and the farm is home to a variety of different fruits and vegetables, not just apples. There is a $5 admission fee per person over 12 years old to pick-your-own, but on Tuesdays admission is free for everyone.
Wilklow Orchards, Highland
Starting on Labor Day and running to October 31, the orchard is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick your own apples if you would like or visit the road stand for convenient "pickings." Not only does the orchard sell its own products, but it also offers goods from local businesses such as honey, cheese, baked goods, and much more.
Mead Orchards, Tivoli
There is no admission fee for pick-your-own at this orchard. Stop at the farm stand to pick up a container and a map of the available apples. Drive into the orchard to pick to your heart's content, then pay when you get back to the farm stand.
Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook
This family-owned orchard was established in 1798 and has been in the same family for over 200 years. The pick-your-own season is open on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from a variety of apples that are sure to get your taste buds jumping. If you make it here before the third week in September, Honey Crisps are ripe and ready to be picked.
Cedar Heights Orchard, Rhinebeck
Take in some great views of the Hudson Valley and pick some of the best apples Dutchess County has to offer. The orchard has been in the Morris family for almost 70 years. Pricing starts at $10 for a small bag and $20 for a large one. The orchard is conveniently open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Love Apple Farm, Ghent
This one-stop farm has apples, peaches, and berries to pick from, but it's also a market, cafe, and bakery all in one. The market features fresh food from the farm and local producers. The cafe is also a great spot if you want a quick bite to eat. You can enjoy a panini, a fresh salad, a cold sandwich, or even Mexican specialties. The bakery offers fresh, homemade pies, apple turnovers, scones, and the fan favorite, warm apple cider doughnuts.
For more, go to hvmag.com/appleguide.