A Guide to Apple & Pumpkin Picking in and Around Westchester County

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apple & pumpkin pickingNothing says fall like spending a day at the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. It’s a Westchester County fall family tradition to go apple picking and pumpkin picking. Luckily, Westchester and the Hudson Valley area have lots of fantastic farms and places to pick your own fruit and enjoy a day of fall family fun!

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard {130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560} 

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard is a family-owned and operated apple orchard located in North Salem. Their main harvest is in September with apples but they also grow a variety of vegetables and stone fruits which ripen summer through fall and are available at the farm store, open 7 days a week. Apple picking will be on weekends by reservation only during picking season. 

Hilltop Hanover Pick Your Own {1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598}

Hilltop Hanover Farm is a working farm and environmental education center owned by Westchester County and operated in partnership with the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm. Visitors are warmly welcomed and encouraged to take advantage of the fresh organically grown produce at their farm stand, pick-your-own vegetable gardens, visiting with farmers and animals, and attending special events and classes. U-pick flowers are open for the season. U-pick vegetables vary weekly. September 1 from 1-5 p.m. and September 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Outhouse Orchards {139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560} 

Enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn maze, cider, and donuts. There’s lot to do with the whole family, so plan to spend some extra time so the kids can get through the corn maze. Reservations are required for each car that enters the farm. Reservation slots will be for a stay of 3 hours at the farm.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm {62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527}

Stuart’s has apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, fresh produce for sale, and a bakery that bakes pies and apple cider donuts fresh every day. There are also picnic areas where you can enjoy a packed lunch or snack from the farm stand. Apple picking begins September 6 and runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November. Come Christmas time, they also have cut your own trees. 

Wilken’s Fruit and Fir Farm {1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598} 

You can pick peaches, apples, and pumpkins at Wilken’s, or visit one of the three stores on site, including the bakery, the apple farm market (featuring apples, cider, snacks, jellies, jams, syrup, and other baking needs), and the Country Market (which features local crafts and gifts). There is no fee for admission, parking, or hay ride, but the picnic tables are strictly for consumption of foods purchased at the bakery. Open Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Choose-n-cut Christmas trees start after Thanksgiving! 

Applewood Orchards {82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990}

While Warwick is a bit of a hike from Westchester, Applewood Orchards has enough to make it a whole day excursion. Between apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, puppet shows, ponds, picnic areas, and the county stores, there’s something for everyone. The only cost is for the apples and pumpkins you pick. There is no cost for admission, parking or entertainment. They are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through late October.

Barton Orchards {63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570} 

In addition to picking your own apples and pumpkins, you can also pick seasonal vegetables, such as eggplant, beans, and squash. There is a hayride, petting zoo, corn maze, tree-top adventures, live-music and a dog park. There’s also a tap room for guests 21+ to enjoy. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dr. Davies’ Farm {306 Route 304, Congers, NY 10920}

Apple picking is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are over 20 different varieties of apples to pick from. Davies’ Farm is also dog friendly, as long as the four-legged friends are leashed. Reservations for apple-picking are strongly encouraged.

Fishkill Farms {9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533}

Fishkill Farms has apple and pumpkin picking, farm animals, hayrides, food, and on select weekends, and a Fall Harvest Festival with other family-friendly activities. Apple picking reservations are encouraged. Pumpkin picking reservations will open later in September. Store hours are Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hurd’s Family Farm {2185 State Route 32, Modena, NY 12548}

Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hurd’s Family Farm is truly a fall family fun destination. In addition to apple and pumpkin picking, you’ll find a new wild apple obstacle course, Big Apple Bounce, an apple launcher, cow train, hayride, pedal karts, rubber ducky derby, playground, giant slide, fish feeding, and hiking trails, prospecting for gems and fossils, and pony rides. There’s also a cafe on site. Each vehicle must pre-order a minimum purchase of $20 to enter the farm. Tickets go on sale the Tuesday before.

Lawrence Farm {306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY 12550} 

At Lawrence Farm, you can pick more than just apples and pumpkins. In September and October expect to find raspberries, pears, peaches, grapes, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, beets, eggplant, broccoli, and cabbage. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the farm is $5 per person, children under 2 years are free. Season passes are also available.

Secor Farm {85 Airmont Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430}

This New Jersey farm is less than a half-hour over the Tappan Zee Bridge, and offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, two corn mazes, a petting zoo, and picnic areas. The farm store sells snacks, flowers, produce, and seasonal decor. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Which farm is your favorite for apple and pumpkin picking?

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Angela Bosco is a native of Westchester. She chose Briarcliff Manor as her home after too many hurricanes in Florida and too many people in NYC. She’s mom to her son, Blaise (2016), who’s energy she simultaneously envies and fears. She shares a love of adult beverages with her husband Michael who, like her, is in the spirits industry. A self-proclaimed expert multi-tasker, you can find her on the Hudson Line cramming podcasts, emails and breakfast while penciling in her eyebrows and trying not to spill coffee on her seat mate during her morning commute to the city. On her free time she struggles to choose between doing yoga, reading NY Times best-seller’s or watching all things Real Housewives: the latter usually wins out. In her 20s you could hear her asking when her life would begin- now in her 30s you’ll find her reveling in it-chaos and all.

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