When the weather starts to cool, there is no better weekend activity than apple picking. The orchards are the perfect place to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine and take in the best of what fall has to offer. After you and your kids have roamed the apple orchards and selected the best apples, you can bring them home and make tasty pies, cobblers, breads and cakes. Here are the four best apple picking farms in the Tri-State. By Holly Rosen Fink.
Foursquare Favorite: Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540
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A $5 cover charge gets farm-goers access to apple picking, pumpkin patches, and, come later in the afternoon, live music and wagon and horse rides. Head to Foursquare to sort reviews by these tastes:
Don’t miss the warm cider-apple donuts, and “When picking,” says a Foursquare user, “make sure to dig into the bushes/trees for the choicest, hidden fruit.”
45 Ball Rd.
Warwick, NY 10990
The folks at Masker Orchards in Warwick are getting ready to go into overdrive for the fall season. The orchard has been around for over 100 years, and George Vurno and Victor Ludmerer took over the business more than 40 years ago after working as a lawyer and a family court judge, respectively. Opened for the season just after Labor Day, experts suggest getting there early to beat the crowds. The orchard also sells a great amount of honey, quite popular during the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
130 Hardscrabble Road
North Salem, NY 10560
Outhouse Orchards is a family-operated apple farm that happens to be open all year. But a visit to the orchard in the autumn is very special. Aside from perfect apple picking (they have a great selection), they also have an animal farm, a bouncy pumpkin, a duck pond, a playground and hayrides. They also feature amazing vendors offering everything from turkey legs to ice cream and donuts.
62 Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs, NY 10527
Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs is another good choice for family apple-picking outings. They have smaller trees so the kids can pick the apples themselves, or you can take a hayride around the orchard, pick a few pumpkins or have a picnic. If there’s any corn left in their store, be sure to get some.
451 Sport Hill Rd
Easton, CT 06612
Founded in 1920, Silverman’s Farm has a hayride that takes you up the hill to an orchard where you can find a wide variety of apples, a gourmet food market and a petting zoo.
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
If you’re not interested in long lines and crowds, Wightman’s Farms is a good choice. You and your kids can pick apples and pumpkins, ride hayrides and run around a corn field maze. Kids have a ball here.