Best apple picking farms and orchards for families near NYC
We've rounded up the best farms and orchards in the tristate area for families to go apple picking this fall.
Tue Aug 27 2013
Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard
278 Leavenworth Rd (Rte 110), Shelton (203-926-1098, beardsleyscidermill.com). Sat, Sun 10am–5pm through late October. Pricing varies.
The Beardsley family has owned this farm since 1849. Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith and other varieties hang off the more than 5,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees. In the farm store, you'll find homemade pies, cookies, apple-fried dough, cider donuts, pumpkin cheesecake, local honey and more.
451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton (203-261-3306, silvermansfarm.com). Daily 9am–4:30pm through mid-October. $8 per person; includes half-peck of fruit.
Buy a bag and pick your favorite apples—or try less-common varieties like Mutsu Crispin, Nittany and Cameo—at this farm founded by owner Irv Silverman's father in the 1920s. The amazing petting zoo also offers more exotic fare, such as buffalo, llamas, emus and longhorn cattle. Get your kids psyched for Halloween early at the farm's decorated pumpkin patch, which goes up in mid-September: It's home to colorful fall squashes, gourds, cornstalks and scarecrows. (If you guess the weight of your pumpkin within two ounces, it's yours for free.)
251 Wallingford Rd, Cheshire (203-272-7985, drazenorchards.com). Daily 9am–6pm through October. $1.35 per pound.
Since 1951, this fruit orchard has been growing peaches, Bartlett and Bosc pears, plums and 16 different varieties of apples. But the original trees, which required ladders and poles to harvest, have been replaced with smaller ones grown on trellises, and there are wagon rides to ferry visitors to the picking areas on weekends. At the farm stand, visitors can pick up home-canned preserves, corn, cider and honey (and even get up close to the honeybees during beehive demonstrations).
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