When September rolls around each year, the Apple Picking frenzy in the Hudson Valley begins. It is definitely one of our favorite things to do each year and we have created such wonderful family memories during our Apple Picking Trips.
Apple Picking Season is the start of ‘Autumn in New York State’ and since the apple is the Official State Fruit, what better way to showcase all of the places to go and things to do during this season than to offer my readers some valuable tips.
AND you can also sign up and download a 4-page List of all the farms/orchards in the Hudson Valley and an exclusive link to an online map with all the farms/orchards already pinned for your convenience.
Because there are so many orchards in the Hudson Valley area, I am here to help you
Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Apple Picking Trip
Fun Apple Picking Facts:
- Apples picked directly from the tree are better for you than store bought 🙂
- It is more fun to pick apples from trees than a bag at the supermarket 🙂
- It’s a family fun experience that gets everyone out of the house and away from their electronics
- There are a TON of delicious recipes you can make from the apples upon your return
Choose a County
With so many orchards in several counties in the Hudson Valley Region, finding the perfect one for your family may take some trial and error.
In the past, we have tried different orchards in several different Counties and have found a few things to be true for our family: We prefer an orchard that is not only convenient but affordable, offers other activities for the children (bounce house, corn maze, petting zoo, etc) and offers snack options (warm cider, apple cider donuts, etc).
The County and Orchard you ultimately choose depends on your preferences.
Below is a short list of orchards in several Counties within the Hudson Valley Region.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
Orchards of Cocklin
Tips Before you go on your Apple Picking Trip:
- Don’t forget to check the weather. Since rain, the day before or the day of your trip can cause a muddy and unpleasant experience, it is always a good idea to check the weather, at the orchards, up until you leave. In order to have a successful Apple Picking season, a Back-up rain date is always a good idea.
We like to use the Accuweather App – It is easy to add multiple locations and not only track precipitation by the hour, but also ‘real feel’ temperature by the hour. This is super helpful for the days where the weather is unpredictable. Trust me, we’ve picked apples in T-shirts some years and in coats and gloves other years.
- What are their Prices? – Each orchard charges their prices differently (admission per person, parking fee, pay per bag before filling, pay per bag after filling, pay by weight). Some orchards charge rental fees for ‘fruit pickers with baskets’, while others charge for wagon rides and additional activities (corn maze, etc). Make sure you check how and what they charge for, so you won’t be surprised. Also, prices change from year to year.
- What are the Hours? – Some farms are only open on the weekends, while others have specific times for ‘Pick-your-own’.
- What Specific Apple types will be available when you’re visiting? – Not all apple types ripen at the same time. Call ahead or check individual websites to see which apple variety is ready in time for your Apple Picking Trip.
- What is the Distance between the Parking area and the Picking area? Some farms offer a shuttle from the parking area to the picking locations. Is it a wagon ride or hayride? Are the picking trees in walking distance of the parking area?
- Do they allow pets? Some orchards do not allow family pets on the farm, especially those with Petting Zoos.
- Do they allow outside food? Many allow picnic lunches but check before your visit.
Thanks to NaturalHealthyConcepts.com for this quick cheat sheet with information about 12 varieties of apples.
I haven’t tried them all yet, but our favorites are Golden Delicious. We put them in salads, pancakes, waffles and make delicious homemade apple pies.
We also enjoy making homemade:
- Candied apples
- Oatmeal Cookies with Apple and Cinnamon
- Fried Apple Fritters
- Croissant Apple Pie Bites
- Apple Pie Bread with Cinnamon
- Apple Pie Cupcakes
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Apple Cider Donut Muffins
I feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump… LOL
We also love Gala, Fuji and Empire apples. We just can’t get enough.
What are your favorite varieties and what do you like to make with them?
And don’t get me started on Hard Cider. We had a great time during a previous visit to ‘Bad Seed Cider Co’
Apple picking is so much fun for the whole entire family!
The apples are delicious, the scenery is beautiful and it’s a wonderful way of creating lasting memories with your family.
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KEEP CHECKING for Part 2 of the Series
‘Plan the Perfect HV Apple Picking Trip’
“Road Trip Checklist and Snack Ideas”
in order to have
a Successful Apple Picking Trip
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