Agriculture has always played an important role in America’s history and this list of orchards and farms offers visitors an opportunity to learn where good food comes from. Each location has its own story to tell about hard-working families and sharing one’s bounty with neighbors and friends. Families love to visit orchards throughout the different growing seasons to spend quality time together in appreciation of the simple pleasures in life. Many of the orchards host festivals during the year with music, food, and fun activities for all ages. From picking peaches in the south to apple picking in the north, farming in America will always be a way of life.
1.Hollabaugh Brothers, Pennsylvania
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Hollabaugh Brothers have been working the land near Yellow Hill since the 1950s when they sold their produce from a shed across from its current location. As the family grew over the years so did the farm including a brand new market that employs over sixty members of the close-knit community. Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the farm, learn from one of the many classes, or pick fruits and vegetables. Hollabaugh Brothers host dozens of community events, especially during the holiday seasons. The Farm Market has an in-house bakery, an ice cream parlor, and a selection of prepared meals and dishes to make a healthy dinner at home.
545 Carlisle Rd., Biglerville PA 17307, Phone: 717-677-8412
2. Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Oregon
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Kiyokawa Family Orchards, located at the base of Mt Hood, is a family-run farm growing produce since 1911. The rich soil and glacial waters provide the ideal growing conditions for over 120 varieties of apples, pears, and Asian pears. Three generations have continued to grow the finest quality produce in the valley. Visitors will always remember the astonishing views of Mt Hood, the picturesque sprawling orchards, and the serene picnic spots. The play area gives kids a place to run and explore while parents take in the peaceful Hood River Valley. In addition to seasonal fruits, Kiyokawa Family Orchards sells turnovers, cider, jams, and local honey.
5625 Hutson Road, Parkdale OR 97041, Phone: 541-352-7115
3.Alyson’s Orchard, New Hampshire
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Alyson’s Orchard was created in the 1980s and is located in the lush Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire. Visitors enjoy strolling through the colorful orchard to choose fruit straight from the trees. Pickers will find over 37 varieties of apples as well as numerous other fruit trees such as peaches, quinces, and plums. Along with the forest of fruit trees, guests can pick plump raspberries and blueberries from the many bushes on site. A large selection of locally made crafts are available for purchase at the farm stand and kids enjoy time at the playground or visiting the goats at Alyson’s Orchard.
57 Alyson's Lane, Walpole, NH 03608, Phone: 603-756-9800
4.Apple Holler, Wisconsin
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Apple Holler is four seasons of family farm entertainment with fruit picking from the orchards to pumpkin picking during the fall harvest. Visitors can take tours of the farm to learn all about what it takes to grow the food we eat. Other seasonal activities at Apple Holler include harvest moon hayrides and romantic winter sleigh rides through the snowy orchard. The restaurant, located in a refurbished dairy farm barn, is a farm-to-table dining experience offering a fully stocked breakfast buffet on weekends featuring made from scratch bread and biscuits and a fresh fruit bar. The country store and bakery is a great place to purchase fresh-made pies or gifts for the holidays.
5006 S. Sylvania Avenue Sturtevant, WI 53177, Phone: 262-884-7100
5.Applecrest Farm Orchards, New Hampshire
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Applecrest Farm Orchards has a long-standing history of apple farming and is the oldest continuously run orchard in the United States. The apple train of old may not pass through anymore but four generations of family traditions live on today. Visitors are greeted by an abundance of fruit trees including apples and peaches, gardens of vegetables, pumpkins, and sweet corn. Inside the 200-year-old barn, guests can buy jugs of apple cider, fresh and famous hot cider donuts, and a number of locally made items. The newest member on the farm is The Creamery featuring Farmer Fred’s style of old fashioned ice cream.
133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH 03844, Phone: 603-926-3721
6.Bear Swamp Orchard, Massachusetts
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Bear Swamp Orchard is a small family-run orchard that produces hard cider and distills brandy with the fruits of its trees. They are a certified organic orchard offering pick-your-own activities, hard cider and brandy tastings, and a variety of apple products like vinegar, jams, and jellies. Maple syrup is another local favorite and weekends bring out the tastiest baked goods made from the best fruits on the trees. Sustainable farming is what makes Bear Swamp Orchard one of the best producers of apples and apple commodities. Small scale farming gives them the ability to produce quality organic crops while keeping the land healthy for the next generations.
1209 B Hawley Rd Ashfield MA 01330, Phone: 413-625-2849
7.Cherry Lane Orchards, Wisconsin
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Cherry Lane Orchards consists of a 13-acre family-owned orchard of tart cherry and sweet apple trees. They strive to provide a meaningful picking experience on their well-manicured fruit farm from start to finish. Visitors enjoy the relaxed family-friendly environment and the midwestern country charm. Staff are well versed in the health benefits of the superfood tart cherry and can provide recipes for guests to try at home. Their website provides information on how to pit cherries and steps to make dried cherries or cherry wine. The short apple picking season at Cherry Lane Orchards starts in late September and ends by mid-October.
7525 Cherry Lane, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235, Phone: 920-856-6864
8.Froberg’s Farm, Texas
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Froberg’s Farm offers fruit and vegetable picking sessions throughout the different growing seasons. The most popular pick, strawberries, begins in January and concludes in late May. The citrus trees on the farm are ready for harvest starting the first weekend in November and every weekend after through January. The annual Fall Festival hosts a corn maze, an indoor pumpkin patch, carnival-style games, flower picking, and plenty of family-fun photo opportunities. The Fall Festival at Froberg’s Farm features a playground of slides, swings, gliders, and mountains to climb. Kids have an exciting time searching for sparkling treasure at the festival’s Mining Sluice.
3601 West Hwy 6., Alvin, Texas 77511, Phone: 281-585-3531
9.Great Country Farms, Virginia
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Great Country Farms can be found at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains on 400-acres of fertile land with fruit trees and gardens filled with seasonal favorites. Spring offers pickers cherries, strawberries, and black raspberries. Warmer weather brings plums, peaches, and blackberries to a ripened readiness and a weekend in August has visitors digging for potatoes. The cooler days of Autumn mean its time for apples, grapes, and pumpkins by the dozens. The Fall Harvest Festival serves up delicious food, sweet apple cider, and musical entertainment. The Roosteraunt concession stand offers a kid-inspired menu featuring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, cookies, and sweets.
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135, Phone: 540-554-2073
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10. Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Massachusetts
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Honey Pot Hill Orchards is famous for its intricate hedge mazes, the Big Green Monster Hedge, the Mini Monster, and the favorite of 4-9 year-olds, the Tunnel hedge maze. This pick-your-own farm has 17 varieties of pickable apples beginning in early August and concluding in December. The Farm Store has additional varieties of apples for sale as well as an assortment of pears, peaches, plums, and blueberries for sale when in season. Outside the store, kids will delight in meeting the animals who live at the farm and get to see sheep, goats, bunnies, and chickens. During the picking season, visitors can take a hayride through the picturesque orchard.
16 Boon Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Phone: 978-562-5666
11.Hurds Family Farm, New York
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Hurds Family Farm provides three seasons of family fun beginning with a market of locally grown summer vegetables. The pick-your-own season runs from summer to fall before spilling into the holiday seasons of pumpkin picking and Christmas trees. The change of seasons also brings out different activities for all ages. In the summer, visitors can take on the Farm Obstacle Course or cool off while learning about irrigation. Holiday activities include a skydiving Santa delivering presents and hayrides out to the Christmas tree farm lots. The Big Apple Cafe features Apple Turkey Chili and their signature beef hot dog made with apple butter produced by Elias House of Sausage.
2187 State Route 32 Modena, NY 12548, Phone: 845-883-7825
12.Ingaldsby Farm, Massachusetts
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Ingaldsby Farm grows an abundant list of seasonal crops like lettuce, peppers, corn, apples, and berries. The farm’s store carries Stonewall brand merchandise, local honey, and jams and jellies made from the fruits of the farm. The bakery produces freshly baked cakes, breads, and sweet apple cider donuts daily. Their pies and artisan bread are a great addition to any holiday meal. Visitors in the spring will find a rainbow of pansies, annuals, and perennials to add color to any yardscape. Gardening enthusiasts love the selection of vegetable and herb seedlings available at Ingaldsby Farm while kids enjoy the playground and meeting the pigs, lambs, and Georgie the turkey.
14 Washington St, West Boxford, Massachusetts, Phone: 978-352-2813
13.Johnson’s Corner Farm New Jersey
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Johnson’s Corner Farm hosts u-pick and family activities throughout the different growing seasons. Springtime offers bright red strawberries, cherries, and snap peas to name a few. Kids can take part in egg hunt hayrides or learn while they play at Little Farmers Class. During the warm days of summer, guests pick blueberries, peaches, and sweet corn and the splash pads are open to keep cool in the sun. The fall harvest of apples and pumpkins kicks off the holiday season and the Festival Weekends keep families entertained with music, food, a corn maze, and mining for gems. November features sweet potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower hayrides.
133 Church Rd. Medford, NJ 08055, Phone: 609-654-8643
14.Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard, Nebraska
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Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard was established in 1925 by Nebraska native Richard Kimmel with a humble beginning as a side of the road fruit stand. Their mission to share their bounty with neighbors and friends continues each year during the u-pick seasons. Visitors freely explore the 40-acres of seasonal fruit fields. The trails provide markers that identify and educate guests about the crops. Family activities at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard include hayrides, a nature trail, and Pollinator Playground, an educational themed play area about bees, bugs, and butterflies. The Apple Barn Market showcases the array of fruits and vegetables of the farm and the products they make.
5995 G Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410, Phone: 402-873-5293
15.Liberty View Farm, New York
Liberty View Farm is a boutique apple orchard with a unique lease a tree program that helps support this certified organic farm. In addition to apples, they grow a variety of produce in such abundance that they donate as much as 30,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to local food pantries. Liberty View Farm has been host to beautiful weddings and private events offering world-class accommodations at their Bed & Breakfast. Guests can rent by the room, a three-bedroom farmhouse, or the cozy carriage house of 1880. Founded in 1999 by Billiam van Roestenberg, they practice innovative farming and enriched the community with farmers’ markets and the Ulster County Beekeepers Association.
340 Crescent Ave, Highland, NY 12528, Phone: 845-399-9545
16.Mercier Orchards, Georgia
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Mercier Orchards celebrates 75 years of successful apple growing and is now managed by the fourth generation of the Mercier family. They offer an array of u-pick events during the year and delight their many customers who visit the Bakery Market Cafe, the Market Store, or their newly added Farm Winery. Families love visiting to pick strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The orchards produce apples, peaches, plums, and nectarines. The cafe serves southern country breakfast like biscuits and gravy and a lunch menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. The Tasting Room offers guests a wide selection of hardpressed beverages made from the fruits of the farm.
8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513, Phone: 706-632-3411
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17.Remlinger Farms, Washington
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Remlinger Farms opens in May each year for a fun-filled season of picking strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins in the fall. The highlight of the farm is Country Fair Fun Park featuring over 25 rides and family attractions. Children enjoy the colorful pint-sized train ride and the thrilling kid-size roller coaster. Visiting the farm animals and riding the ponies bring on the happiest of smiles. Farm Theatre with Cyndi Soup is a musical, storytelling puppet show that is back by popular demand. The Railway Cafe serves homestyle cooking and the bakery creates made from scratch confectionaries using old family recipes with quality ingredients.
32610 N.E. 32nd Street Carnation, WA 98014, Phone: 425-333-4135
18.Rittman Orchards, Ohio
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Rittman Orchards is the result of a lifetime passion for farming and horticulture paired with the love of their home state of Ohio. The family purchased Rittman Orchards in 2004 and together they restored and replenished the derelict orchard to its now well-manicured condition. Over the years the family expanded the array of crops, branched out to the Clevland farmers’ markets, and supply local chefs with the finest produce. Visitors to Rittman Orchards take part in seasonal pick-your-own events beginning each year in June with strawberries. The market and bakery provide an extensive variety of apples, herbs, vegetables, and made from scratch baked goods.
13548 Mount Eaton Rd, Doylestown, OH 44230, Phone: 330-925-4152
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19. Showcase of Citrus, Florida
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Showcase of Florida is a 2500-acre citrus farm and cattle ranch that guests can tour while riding in an enormous monster truck. The safari adventure takes guests through the swamps, groves, and cattle fields in the giant 4x4 all-terrain vehicles. Among the watusi cattle in the pastures, visitors will likely spot the zebra who calls the ranch home. During the trek through the swamps, encounters with alligators, snakes, and exotic birds offer a glimpse of Florida’s wildlife. Showcase of Citrus also offers u-pick citrus excursions in their numerous groves of oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes. The Old Time Country Store features fresh honey produced by the bees kept on the farm.
5010 US Highway 27 Clermont, FL 34714, Phone: 352-394-4377
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20.Sky Top Orchard, North Carolina
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Sky Top Orchard began as a commercial apple grower for the local supermarkets in the late 1960s but something didn’t feel right about picking apples before they’re ready. Now the family operation serves the general public first-hand by opening u-pick tours when the apples are at the peak of their perfection. The 100-acre orchard is perched atop Mt McAlpine in the South Mountains, an ancient isolated remnant of the Appalachians. Sky Top Orchard charges no admission fee to use the picnic areas or to visit the playground, animal farm, or explore the bamboo forest. Apple pickers, however, must pre-pay for u-pick tours with an attendant to receive a collecting basket.
1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731, Phone: 828-692-7930
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21.Soons Orchards, New York
Soons Orchards was founded by an electrical engineer turned dairy farmer in 1910. William Soons had found a passion for horticulture as a boy and he found the opportunity to plant trees of all kinds that generations later is now the thriving orchard of today. This long-time orchard and farm market features Scotty’s Country Kitchen created in 1987 where made from scratch pies, cookies, and cakes are baked with care. The Farm Store offers seasonal produce as well as local cheeses and dairy products, and local beef and pork from Lowland Farm. The Tasting Room serves a collection of New York beers, spirits, and wine, alongside the Orchard’s own hard cider.
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton, NY 10958, Phone: 845-374-5471
22.Southern Belle Farm Georgia
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Southern Belle Farm is the result of five-generations of hard work and agricultural education at there current location. The Carter Family took a small farm and expanded it into an agritourism farm where people can learn about the labor that goes into producing the fruit available on the farm. U-pick seasons of strawberries, blueberries, peaches and more are available each year. Family activities change with the seasons as well offering something fun throughout the year. The Country Market sells seasonal produce, jams, jellies, canned peaches, and local honey. Southern Bell Farm’s proudest endeavor is teaching agriculture to the 30,000 students who visit each year.
1658 Turner Church Road McDonough, Georgia 30252, Phone: 770-288-2582
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23.Stribling Orchard, Virginia
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Stribling Orchard has 200 years of farming history on this family acreage in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Summer peaches are ripe for picking in July and August followed by bushels of apples from mid-August to November. Summer weekends are filled with the smells of fresh-baked pies, cakes, and their famous Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin Bread. Fall brings out the apple cider and pumpkins for holiday pies. Construction of the farmhouse, Mountain View, began in the 1700s, was purchased by Dr. Stribling in 1812, and houses the current generation of today. The orchard is home to 2500 apple trees, 800 peach trees.
11587 Poverty Hollow Ln, Markham, VA 22643, Phone: 540-364-3040
24.Terhune Orchards, New Jersey
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Terhune Orchards harvests over 40 different crops on 185 acres featuring more than 30 varieties of apples, nearly 30 kinds of peaches, and 7 types of pears. The farm produces a long list of fruits and vegetables available and several pick-your-own harvests of different berries, flowers, apples, and pumpkins. Family activities on the farm include visiting the animals that live at the farm and taking a leisurely stroll around the half-mile walking trail that loops through the woods and pasture. Wooden tractor replicas offer children a place to play and explore and festivals in the fall are filled with music, food, and stories about life on the farm.
330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, Phone: 609-924-2310
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24 Best Orchards in the United States
- Hollabaugh Brothers, Pennsylvania, Photo: Hollabaugh Brothers
- Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Oregon, Photo: Kiyokawa Family Orchards
- Alyson’s Orchard, New Hampshire, Photo: Alyson’s Orchard
- Apple Holler, Wisconsin, Photo: Apple Holler
- Applecrest Farm Orchards, New Hampshire, Photo: Applecrest Farm Orchards
- Bear Swamp Orchard, Massachusetts, Photo: Bear Swamp Orchard
- Cherry Lane Orchards, Wisconsin, Photo: Cherry Lane Orchards
- Froberg’s Farm, Texas, Photo: Froberg’s Farm
- Great Country Farms, Virginia, Photo: Great Country Farms
- Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Massachusetts, Photo: Honey Pot Hill Orchards
- Hurds Family Farm, New York, Photo: Hurds Family Farm
- Ingaldsby Farm, Massachusetts, Photo: Ingaldsby Farm
- Johnson’s Corner Farm New Jersey, Photo: Johnson’s Corner Farm
- Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard, Nebraska, Photo: Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard
- Liberty View Farm, New York, Photo: OlgaDm/stock.adobe.com
- Mercier Orchards, Georgia, Photo: Mercier Orchards
- Remlinger Farms, Washington, Photo: Remlinger Farms
- Rittman Orchards, Ohio, Photo: Rittman Orchards
- Showcase of Citrus, Florida, Photo: Showcase of Citrus
- Sky Top Orchard, North Carolina, Photo: Sky Top Orchard
- Soons Orchards, New York, Photo: OlgaDm/stock.adobe.com
- Southern Belle Farm Georgia, Photo: Southern Belle Farm
- Stribling Orchard, Virginia, Photo: Stribling Orchard
- Terhune Orchards, New Jersey, Photo: Terhune Orchards
- Cover Photo: ungvar/stock.adobe.com