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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

You’ve probably heard the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ a million times. But did you actually know how beneficial eating apples regularly can be?

Apples are both high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. Meaning they can help with everything from common digestion problems, to lowering the risk of more serious diseases like parkinson’s, alzheimer’s and most cancers.

Whatever your preference is, granny smith or golden delicious, it doesn’t matter because Autumn is the season of the apple!  What better way to enjoy natures candy than to go out and gather the freshest ones for yourself?

Plan a day with family or friends in the upcoming weeks and checkout one of our recommendations for the best farms to do your picking.

Bite right in or try some of our fav apple recipes.


Barton Orchards

Located just a little over an hour outside the city in Poughquag, NY, this 122-acre farm boasts over 25 varieties of apples and many other attractions for the whole family. There’s a petting zoo, hayrides, 5 acre corn maze, a haunted house and more!

The deets:

63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY 12570 (845 227-2306)

Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am-6pm, through November 2nd

General admission is $3, children under 2 are free, Fun Pass is $9.50 and includes access to corn maze, haunted house and family theme park.

Apples cost $15 for 10lbs and $14 for 20lbs.


Stone Ridge Orchard

For a longer drive outside of NYC, but what promises to be a worthwhile one, head to Stone Ridge Orchard for apple picking and more. This farm located in the heart of the Rondout Valley has been growing apples for over 200 years. The Catskill Mountains provide the perfect climate for orcharding, making their dozen+ varieties of apples some of the best in the Hudson Valley. Stone Ridge also uses eco-friendly practices to grow their produce.

The deets:

3012 Rte 213, Stone Ridge (845-687-2587)

Open 7 days a week 9am – 6pm, dog’s on leashes are welcome, open through late October

Apples cost $9 for 5lbs, $17 for 10lbs, $20 for 27lbs.


Wightman’s Farms

Wightman’s Farms has been producing “Locally Grown, Locally Eaten, Locally Loved,” apples and other produce for over 80 years. After you pick the freshest apples, go have fun in the corn mazes or try the apple cider doughnuts.

The deets:

1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960 (973 425-9819)

Open 7 days a week 8am – 6pm

Call ahead for details on pricing


Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

Located 1 hour by car outside the city or accessible by metro north train, this farm and orchard is another excellent choice for a day trip. The main attraction is the fall festival every weekend from Labor Day to Halloween, featuring live music, fun for kids, apple picking, and outside food vendors.

The deets:

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560

Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

$5 admission for fall festival, $25 for half a bushel of apples