Autumn in New York: Where to go Apple Picking
It’s Apple Picking Season, and I cannot express in words how excited I am. I’ve been waiting for autumn to arrive in New York almost since January. It is forever my favorite season, when the air starts the get crisp & fresh, and you can wear layers. It’s also the season for all the festivities starting with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas in the winter. It’s perfect.
But since it’s Apple Picking Season I thought it would only be right with a guide. There are many farms surrounding New York City, but I’ve gathered my four favorite places below. Enjoy!
Where: Hillsdale, New Jersey
Distance in time: 30 minutes
Standard hours for the orchard:
Since 1886 the Demarest Farms have grown all their produce. They offer pick-your-own apples, peaches, & pumpkins, and they also have a great pumpkin movie night for Halloween. You drive on a tractor out to the fields, which is just the icing on the cake to put you in the spirit.
$7 for general admission & $10 for a bag to hold the apples
Watch my very first YouTube video from last autumn shot at Demarest Farms, when I went Pumpkin Picking with my friend Jenni. It was such an amazing day!
Where: Morristown, New Jersey
Distance in time: 50 minutes
Standard hours for the orchard: Saturdays 9AM-5PM & Sundays 9AM-4:30PM
For over 90 years the Wightman Family has been growing and selling fruits and vegetables at the Wightman Farms, so there’s a great history behind it. The farm offers a wide range of goods: glass-bottled milk, pasture-raised eggs, delicious pot pies and much more. You can also pick your own apples and strawberries on the weekends - obviously after season.
$7 to enter (through a membership - call (973) 425-9819 to confirm picking availability) and apples are $2.29 per lb.
Where: Colts Neck, New Jersey
Distance in time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Standard hours for the orchard: 9AM – 5PM on weekdays & 9AM – 6PM on Saturday/Sunday.
Eastmont Orchards is a family-farm and has been owned by the Barclay family since 1923. The first apple trees were planted in 1911, so this is a really old place full of history. Today the farm only offers “pick-yourself”, and has apples and peaches.
No prices available, as they change from season to season.
Where: North Salem, New York
Distance in time: 55 minutes
Standard hours for the orchard: every day 9AM to 5PM.
A must-visit in the fall season! This farm specializes in apples, produce from their gardens like leafy greens, as well as local honey and maple syrup. You can also order your Thanks Giving Turkey, and fresh baked Pies and Pumpkin Cheese Cakes to take home with your apples, pears, and peaches.
$25 for the bag, and then you can fill it up as you wish ($5 for parking on the weekends)