Fall is here, and that means it's apple picking season! Even in these most unusual of times, it's nice to know that this beloved tradition carries on, and it's actually an activity that's particularly well suited to the current recommendations regarding keeping things outdoors and at a safe distance from others. Talk about a win/win! Listed below are a multitude of farms and orchards within easy reach of Manhattan, and these small local businesses are eager to welcome visitors for a day of family fun. This year may look and feel a bit different as many farms and orchards have instituted protocols to take COVID concerns into account, so be sure to check the listings below for details and call ahead to your destination before you head out to make sure things are still running as planned. Happy picking!
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY (55 minutes)
Orchard open Saturdays and Sundays for apple picking by reservation only from 9am-5pm. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm. Apple picking reservations are $50 and include parking for one car and entry to the orchard (including one 1/2 bushel apple picking bag, which holds approximately 25 pounds), farm store and pumpkin patch for up to FOUR people only. Guests visiting under the same reservation MUST enter in the same vehicle, and visits are limited to two hours. Children 10 years and under can enter free with your purchased ticket. If you are a family of five or more people over the age of 10, then you must purchase another ticket to enter. There will be no fall festival activities this year. There are no pets, outside food/drink, or large/oversize bags/backpacks allowed on the premises. Accessible via Metro-North from the Croton Falls station (then take a cab to the farm).
139 Hardscrabble Road, Croton Falls, NY (55 minutes)
Open on weekends and holidays from 9am-5:30pm for apple picking, a corn maze, and a farm store. You must reserve a $12 timed ticket online, which will allow you to reserve a parking spot and enter the farm to pick apples, visit the corn maze, or shop the country store. Once at the farm, you can purchase apple bags for apple picking, tickets to the corn maze or browse the country store filled with fresh baked pies, daily picked vegetables from the farm and hot donuts. Masks are required in all spaces that require you to wait in a line, while shopping in the farm stand, or while interacting with an employee at the facility.
62 Granite Springs Rd, Granite Springs, NY (55 minutes)
Pick your own apples and pumpkins from 10am-5pm daily through November. Hayrides are available on weekends from 11am-5pm. The bakery is open with apple cider donuts, pies, and other baked goods. Masks must be worn in all facility buildings and while waiting in line outside or inside. Only one member of each party may wait in line, and proper social distancing must be observed at all times. Masks are not required while in the orchard and you are able to adhere to social distance guidelines published by the CDC. No outside food or picnics allowed. There is no charge for parking and no fee to enter the orchard, but only Stuart's farm bags may be used for apple picking (no outside bags). Cash or check only.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY (50 minutes)
Wilkens offers apple picking, a corn maze, and a farm market and bakery from 10am-4:30pm Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays). Pumpkin picking begins in October. Outside picking bags and containers are not permitted in the orchard, and visitors must wash hands or apply hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting the orchard. Due to social distancing rules, visitors must walk to and from the orchard (a tractor will not be available). The farm is operating at a reduced capacity, and all visitors over the age of 2 must wear face coverings at all times, including in the corn maze. Social distancing must be practiced by everyone at the farm. No pets or outside food permitted. The market is restricted to one-way traffic, with a limit of 15 people permitted in the building at any one time. There is a limited bakery menu available for purchase, including apple cider donuts, strudels, and freshly-baked pies. Customers must place all bakery products at a designated window. Accessible via Metro-North from the Peekskill or Croton-Harmon stations (then take a cab to the farm).
306 NY-304, Congers, NY (45 minutes)
Apple picking available from 10am-4pm daily. Reservations may be made online and are strongly suggested. Masks and social distancing are required at all times while on the property. Activities will be operating at limited capacity and include a corn maze and a scenic hayride to the pumpkin patch. Call ahead to confirm these activities will be running during your visit. There is also a farm stand with fresh produce, cider donuts, and freshly-pressed cider. Friendly dogs on a leash are permitted.
Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Rd, Pomona, NY (40 minutes)
Note: GPS address: 1010 Route 45
Apple picking on Sundays from 9am-4:30pm beginning September 20th. Reservations are required and may be made online. Each person entering the orchard is required to purchase a 1/2-peck bag (price TBD). Children under age 3 are free. Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing is required. No pets allowed. There is also an on-site bakery with cider donuts, pies, and other baked goods.
230 Guinea Rd, Brewster, NY (50 minutes)
Although they don't offer apple picking, Salinger's does sell freshly-picked apples and other fruits, as well as a variety of baked goods such as fudge, muffins, cider donuts, scones, and even dog treats. Open daily from 9am-6pm.
Apple Dave’s Orchards
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY (1 hr 20 min)
Apple and pumpkin picking from 9am-4:30pm through late October (tractors will be in the orchard to help you carry your apples). No entry fees or parking charges. Apple Dave's farm store, kitchen and local ice cream and barbecue will offer great treats and eats. Anyone old enough to walk must wear a mask, and masks must be worn at all times unless you are seated at a table, out walking in an orchard, or on a scenic trail. Access to the store, food, and picnic areas will be limited to ensure social distancing. No dogs are allowed.
Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Rd., Warwick, NY (1 hr 30 min)
Apple and pumpkin picking from 9am-6pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as on holidays. $3 per person General Admission (age 2 and over), includes parking and entrance to the farm. $30 for each ½ bushel of apples picked which includes a free PYO bag. Face coverings and social distancing required. The friendly farm animal petting zoo is open. No hayrides, horse rides, or corn field will be available at this time. All apple bags and pumpkin tickets will be sold only at the outside pop-up-tents in the orchard to allow for social distancing. The inside farm market is now organized as a giant one-way circle with all registers located outside under the overhang to ensure proper safety and social distancing. Farm staff will be strategically located to assist. No outside food is permitted. No pets allowed.
Lawrence Farms Orchards
306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY (1 hr 20 min)
PYO fruits and vegetables from 9am-4pm daily through October. Admission is $5 per person (children under 2 are free). Chickens, goats, little village, hay bale maze, and tractor ride (weekends only). There is also an on-site concession stand featuring cider donuts, baked goods, ice cream, hot dogs, and more. Everyone entering the farm over the age of 2 must wear a face covering, and social distancing must be observed. No outside bags permitted other than diaper bags. Please utilize separate containers for each different variety you pick, and please limit shoppers in the market to one family or group member at a time.
To travel by public transportation, take Metro North to the Beacon station and take a cab or Uber to the farm.
45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY (1 hr 10 min)
Apple picking from 9am-5pm daily through early November. You can drive right to the tree with your family and picnic gear (outside food is permitted because the food stand is closed due to COVID). No charge for admission or parking, and bags are provided at no charge. Pets are permitted but must be kept on leash at all times. Leave your picked apples in your car and when you are ready to leave, proceed toward the exit. The checkers will check your vehicle and give you a check-out slip for payment to a cashier, much like a waitress would do in a restaurant. You never have to leave your car. The Country Store is closed but you can pre-order items online to pick up when you depart the orchard at the end of your visit.
4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY (1 hr 10 min)
Apple picking from 9am-5pm daily, with no reservations required. Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing is encouraged. There may be a short wait for picking if the fields get too full. A farm market is available and offers fresh produce, apple cider, cider donuts, local eggs, and artisinal products. No dogs allowed.
Pennings Orchard and Farm Market
169 State Route 94 South, Warwick, NY (1 hour 15 minutes)
Apple picking from 9am-5pm daily, with no reservations necessary. U-Pick is $30 per half bushel bag and is cash only. Masks and social distancing are required. Dogs are no longer permitted.
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton, NY ( 1 hr 10 min)
Note: U-Pick GPS 634 County Route 50, New Hampton NY (different location than the farm store)
Apple and pumpkin picking available from 10am-4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (as well as on Columbus Day) from Timed reservations are required and may be made online. Everyone ages 2 and up must wear a face covering while in the orchards. Social distancing is also required at all times. No outside food or drink. The Tap Room - Orchard Hill is offering lunch and light bite options. Farm store features cider, cider donuts, baked goods, homegrown produce, and more. Store capacity is limited and face coverings are required. Outside sales available from 10am-4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of "best seller" items so that visitors don't have to go inside the store.
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
114 Little York Rd, Warwick, NY (1½ hours)
Apple picking from 11am-5pm daily through November 8th. $5 per car admission fee in September and October. Masks are required in the orchard. Purchase an apple bag from the outside bar or inside the tasting room. ½ bushel bag is $30 and holds approximately 20-25lbs of apples. Included in the bag price is a complimentary tractor ride for up to 4 people per bag. Additional tractor rides may be purchased separately for $3 per person per ride. Note: Tractor rides are only available on Saturday & Sunday.
Wine tasting is available from 11am-6pm daily and the cafe is open from 11am-5pm Thursday to Sunday. Tables and chairs are spaced at a 6-foot social distance, and guests must be seated while consuming any food or beverage. Guests must order food in order to purchase beverages and face masks must be worn at all times on the premises other than when seated. The Winery has resumed its weekend music series with performances every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. In compliance with the NY Forward guidelines, guests are permitted to enjoy music from the comfort of their seats, but are not allowed to dance. No pets permitted.
63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY (1 hr 15 min)
Apple, vegetable, and pumpkin picking daily from 9am-6pm. Admission is free from Monday to Friday and includes the farm market, pick-your-own, a petting zoo, a dog park, a tap room, and a concessions stand. The $15 admission fee on weekends and holidays includes a haunted house, hay rides, a corn maze, a fun park, amusements, and live music. Treetop adventures are open daily at the orchard from 11am-3pm but carry an additional charge.
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY (1 hr 10 min)
Apple and pumpkin picking from 9am-4:45pm Tuesday through Sunday (as well as Monday, September 28th and Monday, October 12th), with timed reservations required. Customers will be asked to purchase a picking package ($40 and up) when making a reservation. Maximum of 5 people per reservation, which includes children age 2 and up. All members in your reservation must arrive in one car, and picking time is limited to one hour. Hayrides are available on weekends and on October 12th, but availability cannot be guaranteed due to social distancing requirements. Face masks must be worn and social distancing is required. No pets are permitted.
227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY (1hr 50 min)
Apple and pumpkin picking from 9am-7pm daily through early November. There is no entry fee. Apple picking is $25 for a half bushel bag. Masks are required during check-in, check-out and when near other pickers. Each car will be assigned a designated picnic area and you must stay within your designated area. The farm market is open daily and offers a variety of local goods and produce, including cheese, grass fed beef, coffee, honey, craft beer, cider donuts, and more.
Off Route 9, four miles north of the village of Red Hook (1 hr 50 minutes)
Apple picking from 9am-5pm on weekends. Masks are required when in the presence of employees and other guests. Social distancing is encouraged, with one row of space required between each group. Visitors must wash or sanitize their hands before picking. Customers are permitted to drive into the orchard, as most varieties are accessible by car, allowing nearby picking for handicap customers. Leashed dogs are allowed so long as they are walked outside of growing areas and cleaned up after.
Rose Hill Farm
19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook, NY (1 hr 45 min)
(845) 758- 4215
Apple picking available from 9am-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The farm embraces holistic, bio-intensive growing practices that focus on plant and soil health and is transitioning the entire farm to organic. Visitors and staff must wear a mask or cloth face covering when it's not possible to maintain adequate social distance. Face coverings are required in the parking lot and in vicinity of the Farmstand. Please allow ample room between families and groups (minimum of 6 feet) during check-in, check-out and while picking fruit. Restrooms are closed, but a portable toilet and handwashing station is available. Rose Hill's cider and wine, along with cider donuts and baked goods, are sold at the Farmstand. No pets are permitted in the orchard.
271 State Rt 208, New Paltz, NY (1½ hours)
Apple and pumpkin picking from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays through November 1st. The farmstand is open daily from 9am-5:30pm for apples, fresh-pressed cider, cider donuts, homemade ice cream, and more. Face masks are required when interacting with staff, in the roadstand, and any time visitors are in areas close to other people. Refusal to wear a mask will result in immediate expulsion without refund. No reservations are required, but a capacity cap is in place and all parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No pets allowed in the field or orchards. $5 per person admission (kids under 12 are free).
209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland, NY (1½ hours)
Pick-your-own fruits and vegetables from 10am-5pm daily through November 25th. The on-site farm stand and cafe offers up baked goods, apple cider donuts, fresh-pressed local cider, crafts, and more. All visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Visit the Tavern at DuBois Farms from 12pm-5pm daily for local wine, hard cider, and craft beer.
Hurds Family Farm
2187 Rt 32, Modena, NY (1½ hours)
Open Wednesday through Sunday for apple and pumpkin picking, as well as a number of other activities, including an obstacle course, gem mining, farm animal feeding, a giant slide, a weekday corn maze, pony rides (Sundays only), a playground, and more. Online reservations are required on weekends and holidays. Visit the farm's website on the weekend day or holiday you plan to visit to pre-purchase apple bags, activity wristbands, hayrides and more. Apple picking is open from 9am-5pm on weekends and holidays and from 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Friday. Wristband activities are open from 11am-4pm on weekends and holidays and from 12pm-4pm Wednesday-Friday. Hayrides are served by time upon pre-purchase. Over 120 acres with plenty of room for guests to spread out and enjoy mask-free space while in the orchard. Guests are required to wear masks when within 12 feet of other guests, under covered spaces or talking with a Hurds team member. At check-in, staff will be making sure everyone who enters the farm has a mask with them.
Jenkins – Lueken Orchards
Route 299 West, New Paltz, NY (1½ hours)
PYO apples. The main U-Pick fields are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-6pm. No reservations required. During the week, there is a smaller U-Pick area available near the farm stand. Masks are required while on line to purchase a bag and while near other customers. They have 70 acres of U-Pick fields to spread out on which will allow you to safely keep a distance from others.
5755 Rt 209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446 (1 hr 45 min)
PYO apples, pumpkin, fruits & vegetables, and flowers. Purchase a Farm Pass in advance for a designated entrance time. Entrance time slots are every 30 minutes from 10am-5pm. Available attractions include mini golf, tube slides, farm animals, jumping pillow, corn maze, new combine slides and more. Online tickets guarantee entry to farm and picking field. Social distancing and masks required at all times. No pets allowed. Open daily except Wednesdays.
Prospect Hill Orchards
73 Clarks Lane, Milton, NY (1½ hours)
Open for apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-4pm through October 18th. Social distancing and masks required.
341 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland, NY (1½ hours)
PYO apples by reservation only (reservations may be made online for a specific window of time from 9am-1pm or from 1pm-5pm). There is a food truck and farm bar on site, as well as a bakery that carries a variety of freshly made items, including gluten-free baked goods. Masks are required on the farm while on grounds unless seated at a table. Open daily from 9am-6pm through October 31st.