PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's apple-picking season -- the ideal time to enjoy the crisp fall weather -- not to mention apple cider, cider doughnuts and just-baked apple pie.
What's Your Favorite Apple?
And while there aren't any places per say in Putnam -- we love Salinger's Orchard in Brewster but you can't pick your own -- there are plenty of places nearby. What follows is a sampling.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, North Salem: Grab some sweet McIntosh off the trees, then head to the farm store where you can pick up apple cider, old fashioned cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fresh eggs, grass-fed beef and pork. There are also hayrides, pony rides and farm animals (though no feeding or petting). During the winter months the farm sells its own vegetable-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free broad breasted bronze turkeys fresh for Thanksgiving and fresh Christmas greens including wreaths and pre-cut Christmas trees. Grab an Apple: 130 Hardscrabble Rd., (914) 485-1210, www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/ .
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction: This diversified, ecological farm offers a wide variety of apples, as well as a market selling the farm's own fruits, vegetables and pasture-raised eggs not to mention apple cider donuts and pies (homemade, using real butter and their own fruit when possible). Grab an Apple: 9 Fishkill Farm Rd., (845) 897-4377, www.fishkillfarms.com/ .
What' Meadowbrook Farm Market, Wappinger Falls: The apple picking season starts Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. and there's plenty of McIntosh, Empire, Golden and Red Delicious to choose from. And, since you'll no doubt work up an appetite, there's also plenty of fresh apple cider and baked goods. Grab an Apple: 29 Old Myers Corners Rd., (845) 297-3002, www.meadowbrookfarmmarket.com/ .
Outhouse Orchards, North Salem: This bustling farm has lots to choose from. Aside from apples, you'll find lots of leafy greens from their garden, local honey and maple syrup. There's also a corn maze. From now through Oct. 18 you'll find McIntosh, Cortland and Rhode Island Greenings, with Rome, Baldwin and Red Delicious in later October/early November. G rab an Apple: 139 Hardscrable Rd., (914) 277-3188, www.outhouseorchardsny.com/ .
Stuart's Fruit Farm, Granite Springs: Embracing families is something the family-owned Stuart's has been doing for years. Guests will find hayrides on weekends, a full bakery and yes, tons of apples. Among the varieties: Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Jonamac and Gala. Pumpkin picking starts in October. Grab an Apple: 62 Granite Springs Rd., (914) 245-2784, www.stuartsfarm.com/ .
Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights : Apple picking is in full swing at Wilkens where riding the hay wagon to this week’s picking orchard (the location of which changes weekly as different varieties ripen) is part of the fun. Grab an Apple: 1313 White Hill Rd., (914) 245-5111, www.wilkensfarm.com/ .
Take A Bite Out Of This: Salinger's offers 18 different varieties of apples grown in Brewster soil. Harvest times are listed HERE so you can find the kind you like, along with a host of other farm-fresh goodies.
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