Fall has arrived and, on nearby farms just a stone’s throw from New York City, apples are ripening. These crisp, juicy, delicious apples will find their way to farmers’ markets and supermarkets all over the tri-state area, but there’s no better way to enjoy fresh apples than heading out to the farm yourself for an apple picking outing! Some of the finest pick-your-own apple farms in the Mid-Atlantic area are located just a short drive from New York City. Here’s a round-up of the top 5 picks for pick-your-own apple farms near New York City…
Masker Orchards has been growing crisp, delicious apples in the New York City area for over 100 years. For many New York area families, an apple picking excursion to Maskers is a family tradition. On this 200 acre farm, you can drive right up to the apple tree and enjoy a picnic while picking your apples and taking in views of the breathtaking fall foliage in the New York Hudson Valley. The farm offers 14 varieties of pick your own apples, as well as apple cider and baked goods such as apple cider donuts and freshly baked apple pie. Don’t forget to visit the farm store for local New York honey and other local farm products. Be sure to stop at the Family Fun Area for pony rides, a pumpkin patch, and live music on weekends. Masker Orchards is less than a 90 minute drive from New York City and is located at 45 Ball Road, in Warwick, New York. Be sure to visit their website (www.maskers.com) or call the farm (845) 986-1058 for apple picking harvest dates, picking hours, directions to the farm, cost of apples, availability of apple varieties, and other farm events and activities.
Silverman’s Farm is located less than an hour’s drive from New York City in scenic Easton, Connecticut. The farm was founded in 1920 by Ben Silverman and has been in the family ever since. This New York metro area pick your own apple farm prides itself on offering its customers the “total farm experience” including 15 different varieties of apples for picking, a pumpkin patch, scenic tractor rides, farm market (don’t forget the apple cider!), florist and greenhouse, and petting farm. For apple picking harvest dates, picking hours, directions to the farm, cost of apples, availability of apple varieties, and other special farm events, visit the farm website (www.silvermansfarm.com) or call the farm at (203) 261-3306. Silverman’s Farm is located at 451 Sport Hill Road in Easton, CT and is about one hour from New York City.
Farming has been a family tradition for the Stuarts since 1828. As a result, this farm boasts the oldest apple orchard in Westchester County, New York, and has been recognized as a New York State Century Farm. The farm boasts 13 varieties of apples for your picking pleasure on over more than 200 acres of beautiful New York farmland. Pumpkin picking and a farm market and bakery are also available. Check the farm website (www.stuartsfarm.com) or call the farm (914) 245-2784 apple picking season dates, directions to the farm and picking hours, availability of apple varieties and cost of apples. Stuart’s Farm is about an hour’s drive from New York City and is located at 62 Granite Springs Road in Granite Springs, New York.
Fort Salonga Farm
While Long Island boasts many pick your own apple farms, Fort Salonga Farm is one of the few that can be reached from New York City in just about an hour’s drive. The farm has 9 varieties of apples available for picking on dwarf apple trees that are a fantastic height for the littlest apple pickers! Farm fresh honey is also available at Fort Salonga Farm. This is a peaceful “no frills” pick your own apple farm, with no other farm activities offered (although nearby Sunken Meadow State Park is a great side trip). Check the farm website (www.fortsalongafarm.com) or call the farm (631)269-9666 for up-to-date information on apple picking hours, apple picking season dates, farm directions, and availability of apple varieties and cost of apples. Fort Salonga Farm is located at 30 Meadow Glen Road in Northport, New York.
Demarest Farms has offered the finest quality fresh fruits and vegetables in the New York City metropolitan area for over 90 years. This Bergen County farm market also offers such services as a salad bar, bakery (try their apple cider doughnuts), delicatessen, ice cream parlor, a garden center, and gift and gourmet items. Don’t forget to pick up some apple cider while you’re at the farm. The farm has fifteen apple varieties available for picking. In addition to pick-your-own apples, Demarest Farms also offers pick-your-own peaches (August) and pick-your-own pumpkins. Visit their website (www.demarestfarms.com) or call the farm (201-666-0472) for apple picking harvest dates, picking hours, directions to the farm, cost of apples, availability of apple varieties, and information on other farm activities. Demarest Farms is located just 16 miles from the New York-New Jersey crossing of the George Washington Bridge at 244 Wierimus Road in Hillsdale, New Jersey.