Great news! Finally, crisp, exhilarating, glorious fall weather has arrived on the East Coast. So let’s enjoy it while it lasts. This weekend, take a break from Common Core, rapid feedback and daily lesson resources. There are pumpkin-spice lattes to be ordered! Sweaters to be worn! And of course, apples to be picked.
Here are some of the best reviewed local farms where you can joyfully pluck said apples. And Brooklyn folks: no car is no excuses. Many of these places are a mere Zipcar or train ride away.
Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery - 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
Family owned, environmentally friendly and simply adorable. This place also has wine tasting. Yes please!
Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard - 29 Bushy Hill Road, Granby
Great place, great name. In addition to apple picking, there’s something called “Ice Cream Land." Sold!
March Farm - 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem
Glorious landscapes and bountiful baked goods. Not sure what a “hayloft playscape” is but we’re in.
Jenkins-Lueken Orchards - 69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
On public transportation: Take the Trailways bus from Port Authority to New Paltz bus (and taxi) station in downtown. Hop a 10 minute cab to the farm.
Apples and pumpkins, ripe for the pickin’. Plus, New Paltz has the best fall leaf peeping ever.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm - 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
On public transportation: Take Metro North to Croton Harmon. Call a cab in advance.
Need evidence that apple picking isn’t just for kids? Look no further than the winery at Wilkens.
Fishkill Farms - 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
On public transportation: Take the Metro North’s Hudson Line to Beacon. Then take about a 20 minute taxi ride.
Two words: Birthday parties! Come for the hayrides, stay for the cake.
Pippin Apple Orchard - 751 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston
Picking apples for your homemade apple pie is great. But you know what’s better? Buying a pie at the orchard farm stand. Life hack!
Steere Orchard - 150 Austin Avenue, Greenville
Go ahead, pick yourself some apples. But don’t even think about leaving this place without getting on a hayride. Treat yourself!
Knight Farm - 1 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate
In case you get peckish from all that pickin’, this orchard even has it’s own down home restaurant.
And there you have it! We expect to see copious amounts of Instagram Stories (and we wouldn’t mind if you brought us back some apple-based treats, either!).
Happy Fall, y’all!