Where to Pick Apples and Pumpkins Close to NYC
These 7 local farms are open for business this fall
Fact: Squeezing produce at Whole Foods is not nearly as satisfying as picking your own.
Luckily, you only have to travel an hour outside the city to get a taste of life on the farm. Here are seven local destinations where you can pick your own pumpkins, apples and more fall deliciousness to bring home to the Big Apple.
IF YOU WANT A LIVE GOURD-PICKING SOUNDTRACK
Skip on up to North Salem with some Neil Young in your ears and check out the Fall Festival at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, which includes hayrides, live music, and pumpkin and apple picking (Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Liberty Mac) every weekend in September and October.
130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem, NY; 914-485-1210 or harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com
IF YOU’RE CULINARILY CHALLENGED (BUT STILL REALLY WANT PIE)
Nothing says “Summer who?” like rows and rows of gorgeous orchard trees and the smell of a warm apple pie, which you can purchase at the Battleview Orchards bakery. Whether you're an expert pastry chef or just want to eat someone else's delicious desserts, this country haven in the Garden State will hit the spot.
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, NJ; 732-462-0756 or battlevieworchards.com
IF YOU WANT TO CHANNEL YOUR INNER LINUS
Pick the Great Pumpkin straight off the vine at Long Island gem Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm. If you’re feeling adventurous, get lost in the corn maze while you’re there.
1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY; 631-368-8626 or elwoodpumpkinfarm.com
IF 14 APPLE VARIETIES JUST AREN’T ENOUGH
In September and October, Wightman's Farms has 15 different varieties of apples for picking. This family-friendly spot offers picking only on Saturdays and Sundays, making it the perfect excuse to get out of town this weekend.
111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ; 973-425-9819 or wightmansfarms.com
IF YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE NEEDS A FALL BOUQUET
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm on Bagatelle has pumpkins, hayrides and lots to do, but the amount and variety of gorgeous flowers will be what you remember about this place. Pick up your favorite fall blooms here to perk up your pad.
6 Bagatelle Rd., Dix Hills, NY; 631-549-1159 or schmittsfamilyfarms.com
IF YOU’RE SECRETLY IN IT FOR THE CIDER AND DOUGHNUTS
Is there anything better than apples in autumn? Oh, wait, yes…a little thing called apple cider and, even more important, apple-cider doughnuts. Grab some for your favorite people (and yourself) at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm and don’t forget to check out the Northern Spy, Winesap and Crispin apple varieties.
1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY; 914-245-5111 or wilkensfarm.com
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CAR BUT REALLY WANT A PUMPKIN, DAMNIT
Who knew Staten Island was home to a cute little historic town with its own pumpkin-picking farm? No need for the train or a car to get to Decker Farm--just hop on the ferry for fall bliss.
435 Richmond Hill Rd., Staten Island, NY; 718-351-1611 or historicrichmondtown.org