The Ultimate Apple Picking Guide
Apple picking begins at some farms over Labor Day weekend! It’s one of the fall activities we all look forward to and there are plenty of places in Connecticut and New York to go picking September – October! Many of them also have petting zoo’s, eventually will have pumpkins and more. Check out our list of great locations for apple picking, below! Just be sure to call ahead, as the harvest schedule is always subject to change.
Where To Go Apple Picking
1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT
(203) 458-PICK – daily updates
market, farm and winery
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
Apple picking begins Saturday, August 31!
weekend fall festival with hayrides, apple cannons, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, live music, Hardscrabble Cider, pumpkin patch begins 9/7, beer, face painting, pony rides and food!
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT
market, bakery, playscape, animal yard, corn maze
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
Apple picking could begin Saturday, August 31 but has not yet been confirmed!
corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking
451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT
market, animal farm
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY
Apple picking tentatively begins Saturday, August 31!
corn maze, market, winery, pumpkin patch
Know Before You Go
- Call ahead to check on conditions and the types of apples available for picking.
- Dress appropriately for the outdoors and for potentially changing weather conditions. Terrain in orchards is usually grassy and bumpy with hills to climb/come down.
- If you want to bring your dog, check ahead of time. Some orchards do not allow pets.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera!
- Definitely bring snacks… many of the orchards are a bit of a drive from Stamford.
How To Pick The Best Apples
- Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.
- Once they’re picked, apples stop ripening.
- To picking apples directly from a tree, roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist.
- Don’t throw apples into your basket or bag after picking. Handle them gently to prevent bruising and spoiling.
- Don’t wash apples until right before using them to keep from spoiling.
- Keep apples cool after they’re picked to increase their shelf life.