It’s that time of year again – the air gets chilly, you pull out leggings, Uggs, decorate your house with leaves and eat/drink everything pumpkin. Or apple. It’s prime time crisp apple season, y’all! Growing up on the farm, picking fruit off trees and bushes was a daily task. If you saw blackberries growing along the side of the road as you were walking, you best be sure you were stopping to eat them, and take some home for gram! So, now we’ve made it tradition to go apple picking up north of NYC every season with the kids to let them get a taste of how mom grew up.
Not only are you getting the BEST flavors of the season by picking apples right when they’re in their prime, it’s a fun experience for the kids (just make sure you don’t drop any apples on their heads!).
Tips for picking apples:
– NEVER collect the apples on the ground. They’ve already fallen so they can be damaged, rotten, or have bugs that caused them to fall.
– Just like they say, go for the highest fruit. You want the ones that are the most colorful and firm.
– Twist don’t pull the apples off the trees if possible.
Favorite Apple Picking Locations outside NYC:
Most apple picking costs around $25/bag (pretty big bag – seriously, get your bake on). If you go during the weekend, expect larger crowds and maybe even parking fees. Here are our favorite four farms upstate (all within an hour drive outside of NYC), and we know the farmer’s personally, so try and go up on a week day to say hi – they’re really friendly and might even show you around!
1. Fishkill Farms – 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell JCT, NY 12533
2. Outhouse Orchards – 139 Hardscrable Rd, Croton Falls, NY 10519
3. Stuart’s Fruit Farm – 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs NY, 10527
4. Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard – 130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem NY, 10560
Favorite Apple Recipes:
My gram taught me that baking is your best friend. I’ve been teaching my neighbor and it really is an art – from making the dough, to rolling the dough, to somehow getting that dough in the pie pan before it breaks – art. Here are my three favorite apple recipes from gram you can find on my site:
3. Mini Apple/Brie Pies with honey and almonds (I originally created this myself with peaches, but it works well with apples too!)