When school is back in session, fall is in the air, and my closet is slowly filling with cozy knits and tall boots, I know that it’s time for one of my favorite seasonal activities: apple picking. Over the years we have sampled a number of different orchards in the New York tri-state area, and my top five are listed below. Right now is peak of apple picking season, so break out your favorite fall sweater and pack up the family for some fun on the farm.
Silverman’s Farm, Easton, CT
Silverman’s is like the Disneyland of apple orchards, and you could easily spend the whole day there. In addition to pick your own apples, Silverman’s offers tractor rides, a large petting zoo and children’s maze, and the infamous “Cereal Bowl” (picture a giant ball pit, but instead filled with corn kernels that kids can tunnel through and bury themselves in) which is my kids favorite. Weekend festivities include fresh kettle corn and other food vendors, live music and face painting. Be prepared for large crowds and traffic on weekends.
Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard, Shelton, CT
While geographically close to Silverman’s Farm, Beardsley’s couldn’t be more different. It is a much smaller operation, and less crowded than some of the others. Beardsley’s offers pick-your-own apples and fresh-pressed cider. They also make the best apple cider donuts (and I have sampled A LOT). Fun fact for home brew enthusiasts: you can buy their untreated cider for making your own hard cider at home.
Outhouse Orchards, Hardscrabble, NY
Outhouse Orchards is another good option if you are looking to avoid the crowds. They have a really extensive corn maze (it is big enough that you need a map and you solve clues as you go). They offer pick your own apples and peaches, and it is also the only orchard that I know of that still allows dogs. We brought Lulu with us this year, and she loved sampling the apples on the ground and trying to track the kids though the maze.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm, Granite Springs, NY
Stuart’s Fruit Farm is one of the most picturesque orchards. They offer pick your own apples and peaches, and weekend hayrides. There is also a picnic area, so you can pack a lunch and enjoy the grounds. They have an extensive bakery, and their pies are delicious.
Apple Dave’s Orchards, Warwick, NY
While Apple Dave’s is the farthest away, a plethora of activities and a winery make it worth the drive. In addition to pick your own apples, there is a country store that sells picnic supplies and large grounds to explore with a pretty pond area. For kids, they have pony rides, wagon rides, puppet shows and live music. Adults will enjoy the orchard winery and distillery with limited edition wines, hard ciders and apple vodka.
Looking for a way to enjoy your fresh-picked bounty? This Swedish Apple Pie recipe has been my go-to favorite for years. It’s quick, easy (no crusts to roll out) and delicious, especially served warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Swedish Apple Pie
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs sugar
3/4 cup of melted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup of flour
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Peel and slice enough apples to fill pie plate 2/3 full. Mix apples with sugar and cinnamon.
Mix dough ingredients together and slowly pour over apple to cover.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown
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