You don’t have to walk far at Wright’s Farm in Gardiner; drive right to the orchard area and park near the apple trees. Bring a picnic, too, and your dog while you’re at it, because you have the run of the entire 453-acre property. Once you’ve picked your fill, stop at their farmstand for jams, jellies, pies, bread, and of course a dozen (or more) apple-cider donuts. Thirsty? Visit the 100-year-old barn, turned into a taproom this fall, for a cold one from Gardiner Brewing Co.: Its founder is part of the fifth generation at Wright’s Farm.
Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook offers a healthy new food option at its farmstand this year: quinoa bowls. Of course, there’s still popcorn and ice cream along with other yummy eats to choose after apple-picking.
Goold Orchards in Castleton celebrates its 30th annual apple festival on Oct. 13 and 14. Food and beverages will be available, along with live music and fun for all ages.
A visit to Pennings Farm Market & Orchard in Warwick is much more than just apple-picking. Enjoy their farm-to-table-style cafe, pub, beer garden, ice cream stand, and garden center, and don’t miss the Pennings Hard Cidery tap room and production facility, on the hillside directly behind the farm market.
Prospect Hill Orchards in Milton celebrates Kids’ Day from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30. Look for the Johnny Appleseed Cider Fest on Oct. 13 and 14.
Add some adventure to your apple-picking at Barton Orchards in Poughquag. Their new Tree Top Adventure Park features ziplines and an obstacle course. Stop by their farm market and bakery while you’re there, and the tap room — after the adventure park.