This Is Your Official Hudson Valley Apple Picking Guide
Read on for a comprehensive list of the region's by-the-bag and pick-your-own 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 August 31 with Jonamacs, with more than a dozen varieties to follow later in the season.
Windy Hill Orchard, Castleton-on-Hudson
Formerly Goold Orchard, Windy Hill keeps the spirit of apple season alive and thriving in the Hudson Valley this fall. Paula Reds start the season, with McIntosh and Galas to follow shortly afterward. Bookmark October 5, when the orchard takes over the Goold tradition with its annual apple festival.
Philip Orchards, Claverack
Be ready to start picking here around Labor Day. The first weekend of the season shines the light on Jonamacs, with McIntosh, Cortland, Spartan, and Empire varieties on the roster as well. Through September, the orchards harvest a whopping 23 varieties of apples and pears, with trees dating back as far as 40 years.
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. It's also the only family-owned and operated apple orchard remaining in Greene County.
Samascott Orchards, Kinderhook
Pick hard-to-find apples (more than 70 varieties!) at this 1,000-acre farm. Also on the grounds, Samascott delights visitors with a farm store, Surrey bike rentals, and – of course – cider and donuts.
Jenkins-Lueken Orchard, New Paltz
Beginning on September 7, locals can hop over to Jenkins-Lueken to pluck their favorites from more than 500 apple trees onsite. Call ahead to confirm which varieties are available, then keep an eye out for pumpkin picking, too.
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 farm-fresh eats at the café.
Barton Orchards, Poughquag
Pick from dozens of varieties on the 120-acre apple farm from mid-August to November, then wander between the five-acre corn maze, haunted house, petting zoo, and wooden ship playground.
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 apples like Empire, Cortland, Red and Golden Delicious, and Jonagold throughout the season, but it has raspberries, pears, peppers, corn, and much more as well. Admission is $5 per person, with season passes available for repeat visitors.
Salinger’s Orchard, Brewster
This orchard was established in 1901 and is still owned by the same family. It grows apples like Gala, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold, all of which are available pre-picked at the farm market. Pick a peck from the baskets, then grab a gallon of pure, sweet cider to go.
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. Before you go, stop by the farm's White Hill Vineyard to sample a vintage or two with friends.
Pennings Farm, Warwick
Market: 845.986.1059, Orchard: 845.986.7080
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. With so much to do at the Warwick farm, it's all too easy to spend a full day here.
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 Saturdays and Sundays starting in September. 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 today and the farm is home to a variety of different fruits and vegetables, apples included. Plan a visit around the Fall Harvest Festivals, when wagon rides, live music, and a hard cider garden add to the onsite entertainment.
Wilklow Orchards, Highland
Starting in September and running to October 31, the orchard is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick your own apples if you 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
U-pick season is underway at Mead Orchards! Stop by the farm stand on Saturday or Sunday to pick up a wooden container, then make your way to the orchard to pick to your heart's content. If you arrive in time, you may just catch the end of yellow peach season, too.
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 Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from a wealth of apples that are sure to get your taste buds jumping. If you make it here early in the season, be sure to take advantage of the last few peach pickings while you're there.
Cedar Heights Orchard, Rhinebeck
Take in incredible views of the Hudson Valley and pick some of the best apples Dutchess County has to offer at Cedar Heights. The orchard has been a family-owned operation for more than 150 years, with three generations of the Morris family currently at the helm. Featured apples include everything from Cortlands and Galas to Jonamacs, Empires, Macouns, and Red Delicious.
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, while the café is a great spot for a quick bite to eat. Visitors can enjoy paninis, fresh salads, cold sandwiches, or even Mexican specialties. The bakery offers fresh, homemade pies, apple turnovers, scones, and warm apple cider donuts.
For more, go to hvmag.com/appleguide.