Apple picking is a great fall activity to enjoy with family or friends and honestly, there is nothing better than fresh picked apples. Luckily, we’ve got the scoop on some amazing orchards that everyone (including you 😉 ) needs to visit this fall season.
Cider Hill Family Orchard – Kansas City, KS
Jeff and Joan Shearer purchased the 38 acre property in the spring of 2011. The family voted on the name which is how it became known at Cider Hill Family Orchard. The Orchard is a new and exciting venture for the Shearer Family.
Both Jeff and Joan have had successful careers in the business world but decided they wanted to take a huge leap of faith and change their lives. It is through their commitment to make a difference; Jeff and Joan have set out to create a very special place to share with friends and family. The Orchard is a true labor of love and each year they hope it will continue to develop, to fulfill their vision and dreams.
3341 N. 139th St. Kansas City, Kansas 66109 | website
Gould Hill Orchard – New Hampshire
Gould Hill Orchard has always been a family owned and operated farm. In 2010, the Bassett family purchased the East side of the road to include the buildings and land. A young family with a farming background, although the farming was of cows, the dedication to learn about apples was there.
After a total makeover of its historic Main Street and four awards later, including the National Transportation Infrastructure Award and the 2017 Preservation Achievement Award, Concord, NH, seems to have hit the destination trifecta – new eateries, cultural venues and shops. Do it all on foot and go on a shopping spree because in case you forgot there is no sales tax in New Hampshire.
656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, NH 03229| website
Jackson’s Orchard – Kentucky
This family-owned farm is famous for its apple and peach picking, especially during the September and October months. Situated on a 105-acre field, Jackson’s boasts a plethora of different apple types; at the moment, they are picking Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Gala, Cameo & Fuji apples.
Throughout autumn, Jackson’s hosts its own “U-Pick Season” where guests can come for different festivals and fill up their bags with apples, at $15 a bag or $2/pound. And starting September 30, guests can come to Jackson’s for the next weekends to enjoy their fall festival, which features pumpkin patches and corn mazes, along with a pick-your-own-pumpkin pick-your-own-apple stations. Jackson’s also serves many apple treats, including apple cider (hot or in slushie form) and caramel apples .
1280 Slim Island Rd. Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101 | website
Sky Top Orchard – North Carolina
Located in the Flat Rock community in Western North Carolina, offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from its perch atop Mount McAlpine. The sprawling orchard produces about 25 different varieties of apples, and visitors are welcome to mix and match them as they wander through the trees to fill their baskets.
Many visitors know Sky Top for its signature apple cider doughnuts. Made from freshly pressed cider, the doughnuts are fried as you wait, tossed in cinnamon and sugar, and served warm. Kids of all ages enjoy taking a hay ride, feedings the ducks, visiting the barnyard animals, climbing on the playground, exploring the bamboo forest and posing for pictures.
3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731 | website
Knowlan Family Farms – Missouri
Hop aboard a tractor and ride out to the orchards at Knowlan Family Farms in Jackson, MO, where you can pick dozens of varieties of apples throughout the fall, pick out the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and stock up on freshly pressed apple cider in the farm store on your way out. Small and family run, Knowlan Family Farms is cosy, warm and welcoming and is everything you love about fall.
3243 State Highway 34, Burfordville, MO 63739 | website
Ecker’s Apple Farm – Wisconsin
Solebury Orchards – Pennsylvania
Solebury Orchards is located at the heart of scenic Bucks County, PA and grows apples, peaches, blueberries and other fruits. The farm is well known for its high quality fruit and picturesque country setting. On a fall weekend visitors come from all over the region to enjoy a complimentary wagon ride through the orchard and to pick their own apples. The farmer grows over 35 varieties of apples with an apple season that runs from mid-August through late winter.
The farm has its own cider press and Solebury Orchards cider is sold in the farm market along with their homemade applesauce, cider vinegar and other farm produce and fruit products. And no visit to the orchard would be complete without tasting the ever-popular cider doughnuts made fresh onsite daily!
3325 Creamery Rd. New Hope, PA 18938 | website
Carter Mountain Orchard – Virgina
Carter Mountain Orchard sits perched on top of a mountain, overlooking the city below. This orchard not only has delicious pick-your-own apples, but also a pumpkin patch, hay rides, melt-in-your-mouth apple cider donuts, and panoramic views of the nearby mountains. Come on the weekends in the fall to enjoy the Apple Harvest Celebration, which is the orchard’s biggest celebration of the entire year, highlighting all things apple. For the adults, there’s even a Bold Rock hard cider cellar, serving up bubbly apple beverages created with fruit straight from the orchard, for the ultimate farm-to-glass experience!
1435 Carters Mountain Trail Charlottesville, VA 22901| website
Arbor Day Farm – Nebraska
Arbor Day Farm is located on 260 acres in Nebraska City. It is a National Historic Landmark and the birthplace of Arbor Day. Families can go on a Tree Adventure which consists of hiking along trails and climbing a 50-foot-tall treehouse. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities to shop and take home souvenirs such as signature wines, sweets and snacks, apple cider, coffee and several different clothing items. Folks can also visit the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, a 52-room mansion surrounded by hundreds of trees, flowers and shrubs.
2611 Arbor Avenue Nebraska City, NE 68410 | website
Twin Star Orchards – New York
Twin Star Orchards in Upstate New York’s Hudson Valley is a great spot for apple picking located less than two hours away from NYC. The picturesque orchards are perfect for family adventures where guests can enjoy apple picking, free cider tastings, explore the orchards, casually dine with wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and burgers overlooking a pond, and have the opportunity to purchase hard ciders, New York wines, spirits, and cheeses.
Their philosophy – Ugly Apples Taste Better – puts aesthetics aside to focus on what’s truly important: the most flavor possible.
155 N. Ohioville Rd New Paltz, NY 12561| website
Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch – California
Ratzlaff Ranch is an old-school, real working farm that produces Gravenstein, Golden Delicious and Rome apples. Visitors are invited to pick their own Golden Delicious and Rome apples in September and October (Gravensteins availability runs through August). One of the most popular features of this farm is its fresh apple juice, available buy the gallon. Bonus: There’s a wonderful pumpkin patch next door.
13128 Occidental Road Sebastopol, CA 95472 | website
Make sure to visit these apple orchards and more this fall season. Don’t forget to check out our top 5 picks for the Kansas City area!
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