The Apple Farm Guide
Here's a quick list of the Valley'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.
Goold Orchard, Castleton
On Columbus Day weekend, this 107-year-old pick-your-own hosts a two-day apple festival.
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.
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.
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 2-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 among the five-acre corn maze, haunted house, inflatables, and a pedal kart race track.
Lawrence Farms Orchards, Newburgh
There’s more to do after picking apples here: frolic in the storybook village, visit farm animals, and enjoy beautiful Hudson River views.
Salinger’s Orchard, Brewster
Save yourself the trouble at this store, which has apples already picked for you — along with preserves, dressings, and honey.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown
Take a hayride to pick your own, visit the markets to buy cider, preserves, and more, but definitely stop by the bakery to watch them prepare (and then purchase and eat!) their delicious cider donuts. Check out the farm’s newest addition, the White Hill Vineyard and its Tasting & 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.
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.
For more, go to hvmag.com/appleguide.