There's still time to go apple picking in the Hudson Valley!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Global Property Systems Real Estate DOS NYS #10491202606
by Vanessa Saunders

If you've been putting off your annual trip to the orchards for fall apple picking, you'd better get a move on. Because of a lighter than usual crop, this year's apple harvest will end early. If you wait 'til the end of October to pick fresh apples upstate, there may not be any! Here's are several orchards near Rockland County that offer apple picking and much more.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard
Along with 25 varieties for apple picking and three varieties of pears, this family-run farm has plenty for kids to do. Lots of livestock to pet including cattle, rabbits, chickens and turkeys. Kids can ride alpaca and ponies, and everyone can go on hayrides through the orchard. Weekend entertainment includes live music through Halloween. The farm stand sells a variety of baked goods, fudge, fresh eggs, produce and grass-fed beef. And halloweeners can get their pumpkins from the large pumpkin patch.

Info: 130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem; 914-485-1210; www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Stuart's Farm
The oldest orchard in Westchester is a 200 acre farm with apple trees, pumpkin fields and vegetables. The farmhouse, built around 1760, is still a farmhouse, and the barn is the fruit and produce stand. The farm grows a dozen varieties of apples and has an on premise bakery that sells doughnuts, scones, muffins and pie. Grab a fresh-squeezed apple cider while you're there, before you get on the wagon for the weekend hayrides.


Info: 62 Granite Springs Rd., Granite Springs; 914-245-2784; www.stuartsfarm.com.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Walk Wilkens apple picking orchard, or go on the weekend and enjoy the luxury of riding there in a hay wagon. Wilkins is very picker friendly, providing apple picking poles (to get the really nice ones in the high branches), bags and baskets. The bakery sells homemade pies, cider, doughnuts, fudge, brittle and candy. In a few weeks, they'll be selling Christmas trees. Each one comes with a free cup of hot apple cider.

Info: 1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown Heights; 914-245-5111; www.wilkensfarm.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

ROCKLAND COUNTY

The Orchards of Concklin

Perhaps Rockland's oldest operating farm, Conklin opened in 1712, founded by the British Concklin family. The farm now sells apples, pumpkins, produce and homemade baked goods and fudge. Outside are several bouncers, including a bouncy haunted house. (Ooo, SCARY!)

Info: 2 South Mountain Rd., Pomona; 845-354-0369; www.theorchardsofconcklin.com.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends only

Dr. Davies Farm

Dr. Davies is famous for its sweet corn, but after corn season is done, apple picking and hayrides are in season. The 35 acre farm has 4,000 trees for the picking. Take a tractor hayride and they'll drop you off at the pumpkin picking patch. The farmstand sells lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and home pressed apple cider.

Info: 306 Route 304, Congers; 845-268-7020; www.drdaviesfarm.com; $37 for a 25-pound bag

Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

HUDSON VALLEY

Barton Orchards

Bring the kids to this one because they'll love it! Playground, petting zoo with tons of goats, piggies, bunnies, alpaca and more. On weekends, you can lose them in the five acre corn maze (just kidding!) go on hayrides, mine for gem stones, listen to live music, visit a haunted house and take in the family theme park and its mazes. Oh, they also have apples galore - 25 varieties to choose from.

Info: 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag; 845-227-2306; www.bartonorchards.com.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Kelder's Farm

Kelders is a farm market on steroids! The first sign is the giant gnome at the entrance. Inside, it's way beyond "farm stand." Pick your own apples? Of course. But you can also pick your own vegetables! Corn, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and fruit. You can even dig your own potatoes! Pet the animals? Sure. Hayrides? Of course. But how about the artist-designed, farm themed mini-golf course? It's edible!! Pieice de resistance: the 50 foot by 30 food jumping pillow. How can you say "No" to a giant jumping pillow. Just go!

Info: 5755 Rte 209, Kerhonksen; 845-626-7137; www.kelderfarm.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays

Applewood Orchards and Winery

Apple picking doesn't always have to do with entertaining the kiddies. Applewood has a serious winery going on, sampling and selling wine made from New York State grapes. So send the kids off for apples and pumpkin picking. When they're done, they can take in the puppet shows and wagon rides. Mom and dad will be right here, having a glass or two of local wine and enjoying the weekend's live music. Don't miss this Warwick orchard's specialty: their famous apple cider doughnuts!

Info: 82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick; 845-986-1684; www.applewoodorchards.com.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Greig Farm

In season, visitors can pick red and yellow raspberries, but in the fall, grab some apples. That is, if you can take your eyes off the spectacular views of the Catskills from here. Pumpkins for sale too, with varieties for carving and also for cooking. Pet the goats, don't pet the koi fish, but be sure to stop in at the Gigi Market for its delicious salads, frittatas, focaccia and their own special panini they call Skizzas. As local as you can get!

Info: 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook; 845-758-1234; www.greigfarm.com.

Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

ULSTER

DuBois Farms U-Pick

You may have missed the picking season for this farm's fresh nectarines, peaches and plums, but you can still enjoy eating them, because the DuBois' have been CANNING! They offer a wide array of jams, jellies, salsas, barbecue and hot sauces, pickles and relishes. Of course, apples and pumpkins are still in full picking swing. They also bake their fruits and vegetables for you, into pies, cobblers and fruit crisps in their bakery. And bring the kids because there's loads of fun: free games, rides, animals to pet and horses to ride!

Info: 209 Perkinsville Road Highland, NY, (845) 795-4037; www.duboisfarms.com
Hours: 7 days/week: 10:00am-5:00pm

So get going! There are plenty more apple picking farms in the Hudson Valley. Click here for more information about Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Rockland counties.

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What a lot of fun for a family...great localism post.   Wish I lived closer!

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