It may still be hot out, but Rosh Hashanah is mere days away. And considering that dipping apples into honey can symbolize hopes for a sweet year, you might want to consider a pick-your-own farm for procuring said apples.
There are numerous orchards and farms that now offer pick-your-own options for picking apples. Many of these orchards and farms have commercialized into operations with numerous agriculture-themed activities fit for the whole family. Aside from apple (and all sorts of other fruits and vegetables) picking, you may find hayrides, pumpkin patches, farm markets, corn mazes and petting zoos, among other things. Some even have more adult-themed events, such as wine tastings.
Here are 10 pick-your-own possibilities — and this doesn’t even include Lancaster County and Pennsylvania Dutch country, where orchards abound.
137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, linvilla.com
Generations of Delaware County residents have enjoyed Linvilla Orchards, which offers pick-your-own apples of several varieties through late October. There’s a $7 minimum charge per person to pick, which is applied toward whatever you pick. There’s a lot more to Linvilla than just apple picking. Not only are other fruits and vegetables available for picking, but there’s a farm market, swim clubs, hayrides, a Pumpkinland, fishing, playground and barnyard animals to see.
Indian Orchards Farm
29 Copes Lane, Media, indianorchardsfarms.com
Not far from Linvilla is the lesser-known family-run Indian Orchards, which also offers pick-your-own options that include fall apples. There’s a $2.50 admission fee per person to pick at this 100-year-old-plus farm that touts pesticide-free growing techniques.
3325 Creamery Road, New Hope, soleburyorchards.com
This Bucks County orchard anticipates apples will be available from approximately Aug. 20 through Nov. 7, with flowers and cherry tomatoes available into September. About 30 apple varieties – including many you’ve never heard of — are available during the course of the season, although they all ripen at different times. Reservations are required on weekends from mid-September through October.
Duffield’s Farm & Market
280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell, New Jersey, duffieldsfarm.com
Not surprisingly, the state nicknamed The Garden State has its share of pick-your-own places. Duffield’s Farm, which dates to 1930, is big on fall apple and pumpkin picking. A fifth generation runs a farm that includes a market, deli and bakery, while offering birthday parties, hay rides and educational field trips.
Hill Creek Farms
1631 State Highway 45, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, hillcreekfarms.com
Also in Gloucester County is Hill Creek Farms, which touts three orchards containing 17,000 apple trees. There’s general admission to the farm on Fridays, but Saturdays and Sundays require reservations. Along with other events for the kids, there’s a wine garden for adults.
Johnson’s Corner Farm,
133 Church Road, Medford, New Jersey, johnsonfarms.com
Like many of the farms/orchards included on the list, Johnson’s Corner Farm goes well beyond apple picking, with things like a Sunflower Celebration, hayrides and a Discovery Barnyard & Animal Farm. Picking includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. Hayrides take you to your desired picking destination for $6 per person.
1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road, West Chester, highlandorchards.net
Highland Orchards offers a variety of farm-like offerings akin to many of its brethren on the list — a farm market, bakery, plants for sale and a host of events, not to mention a wide variety of pick-your-own options. About 20 varieties will be available through the season. Reservations are required.
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, shadybrookfarm.com
Aside from wine, mulch, garden supplies, music and sandwiches, fruit picking, including apples, is on the menu of this Bucks County attraction. Tickets are required and cost $7 online and $8 at the gate; that includes wagon rides to the pick-your-own sites on the farm.
97 Styers Lane, Langhorne, styerorchard.com
Starting with plums in mid-July, Styer Orchard offers a multitude of herbs, fruits and vegetables available for picking. Including apples, which take center stage in August through early November. The orchard encourages people to call ahead to check on the availability of all crops.
1104 Upper Stump Road, Chalfont, taborafarm.com
Tabora has been an operating farm since colonial times, transitioning from dairy to fruit to agribusiness, complete with a deli, bakery (they make 160 different items daily), farm market and assorted pick-your-own options, including fall apples.