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Your Official Hudson Valley Apple Picking Farm Guide

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There’s nothing better than a weekend of apple picking, cider donuts, and seasonal treats at these upstate farms in the Hudson Valley.

It’s finally here, Hudson Valley. The magical time of year when local farms open their orchards for apple picking.

People travel from far and wide to experience this regional tradition. Is there a more Instagrammable activity? Head to these idyllic fall destinations for fresh cider, live music, donuts, pumpkins, and, of course, ripe apples.

 

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Barton Orchards, Poughquag

Pick from dozens of apple varieties, then wander the five-acre corn maze, plan a Tree Top Adventure, or swing by the concession stand for ice cream, cider donuts, and more. Throughout the season, Barton offers weekend events ranging from Oktoberfest on September 18-19 to a Harvest Fair from October 9-11.

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. For anyone looking for a specific type of apple, the farm recommends calling in advance for availability.

Cedar Heights Orchard, Rhinebeck

Take in some great views of the Hudson Valley and pick some of the best apples Dutchess County has to offer. Cedar Heights Orchard has been in the Morris family for almost 70 years. Picking begins on Labor Day weekend, so plan for breakfast in Rhinebeck before a full day on the farm.

Dr. Davies Farm, Congers

Family-owned since 1891, this scenic orchard offers an assortment of flowers, a farm stand, and apple picking. Activities including hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and a corn maze for Hudson Valley families to enjoy.

 

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DuBois Farms, Highland

With picturesque views everywhere, DuBois is a dream for apple picking in the Hudson Valley. During a visit, stop by the farm market, café, and bakery for local bites made with ingredients fresh from the farm. The Tavern is the place to go for music, barbecue, and local hard cider.

 

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Fishkill Farms, Fishkill

This family-owned orchard has been in the Morgenthau family for over 100 years. Fast-forward to today, and the farm is home to a variety of different fruits and vegetables, not just apples. Pick-your-own is available by reservation only, and apples are eco-certified and organic.

 

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Greig Farm, Red Hook

Pick 11 varieties of apples at Red Hook’s Greig Farm. After toiling in the orchards, enjoy a fresh cider at the Abandoned Cider outpost. Take advantage of online ordering and contactless pickup for comfort and convenience. Those spending a day at the farm can enjoy four miles of farm trails, a farm market and kitchen, 25 local artisans inside the SoHu Craft Market, and much more. Greig Farm’s playful goats are especially fun to watch.

Hurds Family Farm, Modena

Boredom? Impossible here, with giant slides, a bounce, an obstacle course, duck racing, and four corn mazes. Did we mention apple picking, too? It kicks off on August 29, with different varieties available throughout the season. Afterward, grab some eats (read: cider donuts) at the café.

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. Picking season starts Labor Day weekend. Bags are sold in half-bushel sizes, with smaller pecks available for premium varieties.

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard, New Paltz

Make your way to the U-pick orchards, which have more than 500 trees waiting to be picked, beginning in early September. Later, hit the market for one-stop dinner shopping.

Lawrence Farms Orchards, Newburgh

If you love to pick your own fruits and vegetables, then this is the place for you. Not only does the orchard have a medley of apples throughout the season, but it has pears, grapes, plums, and much more as well. Admission is $5 per person, but visitors can score a season pass if they plan to make any return trips.

Love Apple Farm, Ghent 

This one-stop farm has apples, peaches, and berries to pick from, but it’s also a market, café, and bakery all in one. The market features fresh food from the farm and local producers. The café is also a great spot if you want a quick bite to eat. You can enjoy a panini, a fresh salad, a cold sandwich, and more. The bakery offers fresh, homemade pies, apple turnovers, scones, and the fan favorite, warm apple cider donuts.

Manza Family Farm, Montgomery

This Hudson Valley orchard includes a nursery with a variety of beautiful perennials and grasses. Pick your own pumpkins during the farm’s annual fall festival. Enjoy a hayride, a straw maze, and visit some friendly animals on the farm of over 40 acres before stopping at the farm stand and refreshment stand for some delicious apple cider.

 

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Mead Orchards, Tivoli

Stop at the farm stand to pick up a container and a map of the available apples. Drive into the orchard to pick to your heart’s content, then pay when you get back to the farm stand.

The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona

Back in 1711, Nicholas Concklin purchased some land in Pomona and started farming. The farm is still owned by the Concklins, with apple picking available beginning on September 11 with Macintosh and Honeycrisp varieties. Don’t forget to visit the farm store and bakery, either.

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Pennings Orchard, Warwick

Opening day at Pennings is August 29, with cash only for U-pick. Leave the dogs at home, but feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a full day at the farm. After returning home, head to Pennings’ website for apple-centric recipes like apple butter and warm apple cheese melts.

Philip Orchards, Claverack

Be ready to start picking here beginning the Friday of Labor Day weekend (September 3). With no hayrides and nothing to distract from the trees themselves, it’s an apple lover’s dream. The orchard grows 23 different varieties of apples and pears. You’ll have a hard time choosing one, so mix and match to try what you want. Due to COVID-19 concerns, picnics are not allowed this year.

Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook 

This family-owned orchard was established in 1798 and has been in the same family for over 200 years. The pick-your-own season is open on Fridays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from a variety of apples that are sure to get your taste buds jumping. If you make it here before the third week in September, Honey Crisps are ripe and ready to be picked.

Salinger’s Orchard, Brewster

This orchard was established in 1901 and is still owned by the same family. It grows 18 types of apples that are already picked for you — along with fresh pies, candies, and honey.

Samascott Orchards, Kinderhook

Pick hard-to-find apples at this 1,000-acre farm. The garden market offers dozens of vegetable and herb plants, seasonal produce, and homemade ice cream. If you are interested in the farmers’ market, the Samascott booth appears at a variety of locations throughout the week.

 

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Soons Orchards, New Hampton

In the apple business since 1910, Soons is beloved for its 55-plus apple varieties spread across 30 acres. At the farm market, it keeps the apple-centric vibes going with sweet cider, homemade pies, and everyone’s favorite apple cider donuts. Thanks to its convenient location near Middletown, it’s a great option for Hudson Valleyites who want to experience the beauty of farm country in Orange County.

Twin Star Orchards, New Paltz

Also known as the home of Brooklyn Cider House, Twin Star grows crowd favorites like Cortland, Gala, and Mcintosh for local picking. After a trip to the orchard, visitors can stick around for wood-fired pizza and burgers, not to mention Brooklyn Cider House ciders and local beer and wine.

Weed Orchards, Marlboro

Pick your own fruits, veggies, and flowers at this fifth-generation family farm offering 40 acres of produce. Visit the Tasting Room and Café for homegrown and handcrafted beer and wine paired with a delicious meal. While enjoying fresh baked goods from the bakery, listen to live music in the backyard.

 

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Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown

Celebrating its 105th year of harvest during the 2021 season, Wilkens welcomes visitors for apple picking in Yorktown. After collecting apples aplenty, everyone can head over to the bakery for seasonal cider donuts or take a quick trip to the farm market for local shopping before making the drive back home.

Wilklow Orchards, Highland

Starting on Labor Day and running to October 31, the orchard is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick your own apples if you would like or visit the road stand for convenient “pickings.” Not only does the orchard sell its own products, but it also offers goods from local businesses such as honey, cheese, baked goods, and much more.

Windy Hill Orchard, Castleton

Formerly Goold Orchard, the farm is now Windy Hill Orchard & Farm Market. The season starts on September 12 at 9 a.m. for apple picking and more. After a trip through the orchard, visitors can relax by the fire pit and take in the sweet smell of applewood burning. Don’t forget to stop by the sunflower field for photos, too.

Related: These Are the Best Cider Donut Destinations in the Hudson Valley

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