Pick Your Own Food at Hudson Valley Farm Cafés
Hungry after a day of U-pick fun? Stop one of these farm-fresh eateries for homemade chili, smoky sandwiches, and wood-fired pizza.
Papa's Best Batch at Greig Farm
Photo courtesy of venue
Not only does Greig Farm offer pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, the property is home to an art gallery and a number of craft and food markets. And of course, there’s Papa’s Best Batch, a smokehouse serving “sammiches” out of an Airstream trailer. Standouts include the Asian smoked brisket sandwich on ciabatta and the smoked salmon with cream cheese, caper purée, and red onion. Also on the farm is the Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market, which serves above-average, farm-fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner (to-go). Treat yourself with a duck egg, spinach, and avocado breakfast sandwich. At lunch, the variety widens even more to include fish tacos, a buffalo chicken wrap, and a pulled pork sandwich, among others. Papa’s Best Batch is open Wed–Sun, market open daily.
Red Hook — 227 Pitcher Lane, 845.758.1234
Hurd's Family Farm / Photo courtesy of venue
This Ulster County orchard is well known for its prime apple picking, but on weekends and holidays from August 24–November 3, the Big Apple Café serves farm-to-table fare. Everything on the short and sweet menu includes the orchard’s homegrown fruit. Try a bowl of turkey apple chili with peppers, tomatoes, local honey, and beans. Or try a grilled beef hot dog, made with Hurds’ apple butter. Go the gourmet route by ordering it on a brioche, topped off with some chili and you’ve got the perfect way to wrap up a day of apple picking.
Modena — 2187 State Route 32, 845.883.7825
Twin Star Orchards / Photo by Lily Brown – MST Creative PR
With its slogan “Ugly Apples Taste Better,” Twin Star Orchards prides itself on putting flavor first. This is also true of their café, serving burgers and wood-fired pizza that ranges from margherita to fig and prosciutto to a three-mushroom white pie. Small bites like cheese plates are also available; if you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of their pig roasts, which occur periodically throughout the season. Everything is perfect for pairing with an afternoon of apple picking and one of their many ciders.
New Paltz — 155 N Ohioville Rd, 845.633.8657
Westwind / Photo by Fabio Chizzola
Stocked by such venerable institutions as Balthazar Bakery and Via Carota in Manhattan, and more locally, Kingston’s Wilde Beest and Woodstock’s Silvia, Westwind’s ciders carry a certain panache with their “biointensive” methods of production. Generally, apples are available for U-pick between mid-September and mid-October. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, their tasting room serves an assortment of Italian fare, including rotating flavors of wood-fired pizza, pasta dishes like amatriciana and cacio e pepe, even desserts like tiramisu and cream puffs.
Accord — 215 Lower Whitfield Rd
On the western edge of Orange County, this orchard opens back up for the apple picking season on August 31. Between Thursday–Sunday, the Pané Café serves a variety of sandwiches, like porcetta, on freshly baked bread as well as a number of salads like shaved fennel and orange slices. Between May and October the Black Dirt Grill is also open for business, adding a smoky bent to the offerings with items like slow-cooked brisket on brioche and grilled Maine lobster with lemon oil, herb butter, and Thai coconut milk broth.
Warwick — 114 Little York Rd, 845.258.4858
Love Apple Farm / Photo by Alon Koppel
This orchard in Ghent is celebrating 50 years of business in the Hudson Valley. What started as a tiny kitchen serving pies and Mexican food has expanded to offer soups, salads, and sandwiches. From cinnamon spice French toast to a salad with organic greens, Bartlett pears, cranberries, toasted walnuts, and blue cheese, the food at Love Apple Farm’s café is always fresh. And to answer your question — yes, they still serve Mexican food.
Ghent — 1421 State Route 9H, 518.828.5048