More Unique Orchards
Apple-picking is a fun activity for the whole family in the fall season, and there are plenty of apple orchards around the country to head to for some outdoor fun. With the changing season and falling leaves, apples are ready to be picked, apple cider is ready to be sipped, and apple dumplings prepared to be eaten. From filling baskets with rosy red apples and other kinds of fruit, finding ways through corn mazes and petting goats, sheep, rabbits, and pigs, the top orchards around the country have something for everyone. Here are some of the best farms around the country to enjoy with the whole family.
Alyson's Orchard - New Hampshire
Located in Walpole in the Connecticut River Valley, New Hampshire, Alyson’s Orchard is a 450-acre working orchard in the heart of historic New England. Surrounded by manicured farms, rolling lawns and breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley, the orchard not only offers seasonal fruit-picking but is also a beautiful venue for destination weddings and special events. The orchard also has a farm-stand that sells a variety of fresh, homemade farm products such as fresh-baked apple pies, fruit wines, unpasteurized apple cider, and traditional New England gifts. Alyson’s Orchard offers charming overnight lodging in a restored 1860’s farmhouse or a rustic lodge and fishing and swimming in one of Alyson’s ponds during the summer months.
57 Alyson's Ln, Walpole, NH 03608, United States, Phone: +1 603-756-9800
Apple Holler – Wisconsin
Apple Holler is a 78-acre seasonal apple orchard with over 20,000 thriving fruit trees, a farm-to-table restaurant, a bakery, a gift shop, and a family farm offering a variety of family fun and activities throughout the year from fruit-picking, orchard and farm tours, harvest moon hayrides, a petting zoo, children’s programs, and winter wonderland sleigh rides. The Apple Holler farm produces over 40 different varieties of apples, peaches, pears, and pumpkins, and the Red Barn Restaurant serves homestyle cooking for breakfast and lunch every day of the week and weekend dinner. The Farm Park offers an array of activities, including a petting zoo with friendly animals, a giant slide, the Golden Goat Bridge, and the Kid’s Koral play area.
5006 S Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, WI 53177, United States, Phone: +1 262-884-7100
Applecrest Farm Orchards - New Hampshire
Applecrest Farm Orchards is a year-round apple orchard in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, and the oldest and largest apple orchard in the United States. Established in 1913, the orchard is a family-owned and operated farm that has been in the Wagner family for four generations who have worked the land and grown sustainable fruit and vegetables ever since. The farm produces over 40 varieties of apples, berries, peaches, sweet corn, pumpkins and an array of summer vegetables, and grown-on-the-farm delights, such as all-natural apple cider, hot cider donuts, and other made-from-scratch confectioneries, which are sold in the farm’s 200-year-old timber barn.
133 Exeter Rd, Hampton Falls, NH 03844, United States, Phone: +1 603-926-3721
Bear Swamp Orchard – Massachusetts
Bear Swamp Orchard is a small, five-acre organically certified apple orchard nestled in the hills on the east side of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts that allows guests to pick their apples and buy fresh; homemade farm produces such as apple cider, raw apple vinegar and freshly baked goods. The farm is also a hard cider producer and distillery and offers hard cider and brandy tastings, as well as an array of delicious homemade treats, including homemade maple syrup, jams, jellies, and various baked goods. The farm borders the Trustees of Reservations Bear Swamp Reserve boasts miles of scenic hiking trails and charming spots for picnic lunches.
1209 Hawley Rd, Ashfield, MA 01330, United States, Phone: +1 413-625-2849
Cherry Lane Orchards – Wisconsin – very little info
Cherry Lane Orchards is a 13-acre apple and cherry orchard near Forestville in Wisconsin that features beautifully manicured orchards where visitors can pick their own cherries by the pound. Located just off Highway 42, the well-groomed farm offers ample parking for guests, modern restrooms, and a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. Visitors are welcome to bring picnic lunches to enjoy in the orchards after picking their cherries.
7525 Cherry Ln, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, United States, Phone: +1 920-856-6864
Soons' Orchards - New York
Situated within an easy drive from anywhere in the New York tri-state area, Soons Orchards is a family-owned and operated fruit farm that grows and harvests apples and sells a variety of apple-centric products and home-made goodies. Established in 1910, Soons Orchards has more than 30 acres of orchards that produce over 55 apple varieties and 20 varieties of peaches and nectarines and offers u-pick experiences for visitors to pick their own fruit to take home. A farm market sells homegrown and local fruits and vegetables, fresh-picked apples, and real apple cider, along with a selection of homemade goodies such as apple cider donuts, homemade prepared foods, and apple sauce, homemade fudge fresh-ground nut butter, maple syrup, jams and jellies, local honey and more. Activities include hay wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, and picnicking.
23 Soons Cir, New Hampton, NY 10958, United States, Phone: +1 845-374-5471
Southern Belle Farm – Georgia
Southern Belle Farm is a 330-acre family-owned and operated a working farm that provides a range of wholesome family experiences. Located just south of Atlanta in McDonough, Georgia, Southern Belle Farm is open seasonally for fresh farm produce, berry and peach picking, and harvesting pumpkin patches. The farm features four acres of corn mazes and over 20 outdoor attractions, including a petting barnyard with goats, sheep, chickens and pigs, hayrides, pedal karts, cow trains, ball zones, and slides, and a Country Market sells seasonal produce, gifts and goodies such as local honey, jams and jellies, canned peaches, ciders, kettle corn, and freshly baked goods.
1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, GA 30252, United States, Phone: +1 770-288-2582
Stribling Orchard – Virginia
Stribling Orchard is a sixth-generation family-owned farm that has been growing and harvesting fruit for over 200 years. A variety of fruit is available throughout the year from apples and peaches to pumpkins and fresh cider. The farm’s Harvest House market sells seasonal produce, gifts, and homemade goodies such as local honey, jams and jellies, canned peaches, ciders, local cheeses, kettle corn, and freshly baked goods, and Virginia peanuts. Activities at the farm include picnicking against a backdrop of spectacular mountain views, visiting and feeding farm animals, and picking some of Virginia's finest fruit.
11587 Poverty Hollow Ln, Markham, VA 22643, United States, Phone: +1 540-364-3040
Terhune Orchards – New Jersey
Based in Princeton New Jersey, Terhune Orchards is a 200-acre family-owned and operated farm that grows over 46 different crops ranging from apples to zucchini. The tenth-generation farm is a popular community destination and offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including sustainably-grown organic fruit and vegetable picking, hayrides, summer camps, field trips, and more. A farm market sells a selection of delicious goodies such as homemade baked jams, jellies, and food items, local honey, housemade apple cider and apple cider donuts, and handmade gift baskets and boxes and the farm’s own award-winning wine.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, Phone: 609.924.2310
Remlinger Farms – Washington
Remlinger Farms is a 350-acre working farm in Carnation, Washington, that offers a wealth of activities and adventures for the whole family. Founded in 1965 and listed in the Library of Congress Local Legacies Project, the family-owned and operated working farm is open to the public for half the year and offers a variety of experiences, including educational school tours during the spring and fall, which give children the chance to see a working farm. Other activities include amusement rides and a small roller coaster, a petting zoo where children can meet and greet farm animals such as cows, pigs, goats and sheep. The farm also hosts a month-long pumpkin patch during October, corn mazes specializing in local produce, and u-pick fields where visitors can pick their fruit.
32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation, WA 98014, United States, Phone: +1 425-333-4135
Rittman Orchards – Ohio
Located halfway between Akron and Wooster and just south of Wadsworth in northeast Wayne County, Ohio, Rittman Orchards is a third-generation family-owned and operated a farm that has been producing delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables since 1974. The farm offers seasonal u-pick experiences every Saturday where visitors can pick their own fruit and has a lovely farmer’s market that sells a wide range of fresh farm produce, homemade goodies, and freshly baked treats from an on-site bakery.
13548 Mt Eaton Rd N, Doylestown, OH 44230, United States, Phone: +1 330-925-4152
Showcase of Citrus – Florida
The Showcase of Citrus is a large citrus farm in Florida that is famous for its world-class citrus fruit and 100% natural orange juice slushies. The 2,500-acre working citrus farm and cattle ranch estate produce over 50 varieties of citrus that can be picked by visitors or bought in the on-site farm market. The Old Time Country Store also sells a wealth of other farm-fresh produce and crafty items such as locally made small-batch, handcrafted jams and jellies, fruit-based salsas, and more. Visitors can tour the estate on one of three giant monster trucks that stand 16 feet off the ground and are 40 feet long and promise an exhilarating ride around the farm.
5010 US-27, Clermont, FL 34714, United States, Phone: +1 352-394-4377
Sky Top Orchard - North Carolina
Boasting breathtaking views of the mountains of western North Carolina, Sky Top Orchard grows a range of apple varieties and has u-pick orchards for visitors to select their own fruit. The farm is also home to a barnyard area with chickens, turkeys, goats and sheep, a tranquil pond with ducks and geese, a bamboo forest for children to explore, and plenty of picnic areas for laid-back family picnics. Visitors can also buy delicious farm-fresh produce such as bushels of apples, coolers of apple cider, homemade apple donuts, or wagon loads of pumpkins for Halloween.
1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731, United States, Phone: +1 828-692-7930
Ingaldsby Farm – Massachusetts
Ingaldsby Farm is a family-owned and operated designated tree farm that grows seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic plants and flowers, and a wide variety of gourmet food items. Established in 1911, the working farm grows all sorts of fruit and vegetables from broccoli, carrots and tomatoes to berries, strawberries and apples. Visitors can pick up to eight varieties of fruit and vegetables and buy a range of farm produce and products, locally-made arts and crafts, homemade jellies and jams, organic honey, and herbal teas. An on-site bakery sells a variety of freshly baked artisan bread, pastries, sweet and savory pies, cookies, and cakes along with house-roasted coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and colorful, cheery pansies during the season. The farm stand also sells a large selection of herbs, seedlings, and a rotating supply of bushes, flowers, and trees, including chrysanthemums; New England pottery; and other farm-centric items. Children can pet take animals such as pigs, goats, lambs and chickens at the petting zoo on the farm.
14 Washington St, Boxford, MA 01921, United States, Phone: +1 978-352-2813
Johnson’s Corner Farm - New Jersey
Johnson’s Corner Farm is a beautiful working farm that grows and harvests fruits and vegetables and offers a variety of activities and adventures for children of all ages such as a discovery barnyard and animal farm, a playground, pedal go-kart tracks and a petting zoo with boxes of corn to feed the livestock. Other fun things to do at the farm include hayrides, moon bounces and a corn maze to explore, as well as pumpkin picking, fruit picking and a famous farmer’s market that sells a range of fresh farm produce, farm-to-table fare and other farm-centric goodies such as freshly baked apple pies, signature chicken pot pies, housemade apple cider and mouth-watering apple cider donuts.
133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ 08055, United States, Phone: +1 609-654-8643
Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard – Nebraska
Established in 1925, Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard is a family-owned and operated farm that grows and harvests apples, cherries, and dozens of other fruits and vegetables on the heart of the rolling hills of southeast Nebraska. Dedicated to agricultural education, research and historic preservation, Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard also offer educational experiences for children of all ages in which they can learn about fruit farming, pollination, and the importance of maintaining a healthy environment. The farm has a market that sells a variety of farm products and homemade goodies such as apple pies and donuts, cherry cider, canned olives and caramel apple, to name but a few.
5995 G Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410, United States, Phone: +1 402-873-5293
Kiyokawa Family Orchards – Oregon
Nestled in Oregon’s famous Hood River Valley, Kiyokawa Family Orchards is a family-owned and operated farm located in Parkdale and has been growing world-class organic produce since 1911. The fertile soil and glacier-fed water sources found at the foot of Mt. Hood allows the farm to produce over 120 distinct varieties of apples, pears, and Asian pears, which are sustainably grown using best management practices. Surrounded by spectacular mountain views, the farm has a fruit stand that sells fresh fruit along with homemade turnovers, jams and cider and local honey. Visitors can enjoy picking their fruit and picnics on the farm.
5625 Hutson Dr, Mt Hood, OR 97041, United States, Phone: +1 541-352-7115
Liberty View Farm - New York
Founded by farmer Billiam van Roestenberg, Liberty View Farm is an organic farm in New York that produces sustainably grown fruit and offers a variety of activities including apple-picking, farmer’s markets, and a beautiful venue for destination weddings and other special occasions. Established in 1999, the farm was famous for its remarkable colored eggshells and dark yellow egg yolks, as well as being home to a charming apple orchard, sheep, goats, and plenty of vegetable patches. Visitors to the farm can pick their apples by the pound and enjoy picnics on the grounds.
340 Crescent Ave, Highland, NY 12528, United States, Phone: +1 845-399-9545
Mercier Orchards – Georgia
Mercier Orchards is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated apple orchard that has been growing, harvesting, and selling fruit for over 75 years. Established by Bill and Adele Mercier in 1943, Mercier Orchards currently grows apples, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, plums and peaches, and offers pick-your-own experiences for visitors who can pick their fruit by the pound. The farm has a market and a café that sells fresh produce and homemade goodies, along with house-roasted coffee, tea and other drinks, and a farm winery is ideal for sampling some of the region’s most excellent wines.
8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, United States, Phone: +1 706-632-3411
Dwight Miller Orchards – Vermont
One of the oldest farms in Vermont, Dwight Miller Orchards is a family-owned and operated farm in Dummerston that has been growing organic fruit and vegetables for more than 20 years. In addition to growing, harvesting, marketing, and delivering organic apples and other orchard fruits, Dwight Miller Orchards also produces press fresh, organic sweet cider, organic maple syrup, and organic apple cider vinegar that visitors can purchase. The farm offers pick-your-own fruit experiences, as well as already-picked fruit for sale and has a farmstall that is open year-round that sells seasonal produce, along with fresh eggs, pasture-raised pork and beef, small-batch jams and jellies, and homemade pickles. The farm’s products can also be found at Brattleboro Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, May through October, and at retailer partners throughout Vermont and Massachusetts.
511 Miller Rd, Dummerston, VT 05301, United States, Phone: +1 802-254-9111
Froberg's Farm – Texas
Located in Alvin, Texas, Froberg’s Farm grows and harvests fruits and vegetables and offers year-round, seasonal fruit, vegetable and flower-picking for visitors from strawberries in January to oranges in November. The farm has a farm stand that is open year-round, seven days a week selling a wide variety of farm-centric delights such as homemade pies, freshly baked cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and muffins, housemade jellies, preserves, brittles, candies and caramel corn. Attractions at the farm include a corn maze, an indoor pumpkin patch, and the annual Fall Festival and Winter Festivals, which feature a wealth of activities for children of all ages, including fire pits, cookie decorating, roasting marshmallows, and pumpkin carving.
3601 Hwy 6, Alvin, TX 77511, United States, Phone: +1 281-585-3531
Great Country Farms – Kansas
Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Country Farms is a 400-acre working farm outside the village of Bluemont in Virginia that offers an authentic farm experience with fruit picking and homemade farm products. Great Country Farms is a family-owned and operated farm that was established by the Zurschmeide Family in 1993 and delivers fresh farm produce to home all over Loudoun County. In addition to providing fruit and vegetable-picking experiences for visitors, Great Country Farms also offers a variety of activities and adventures, such as exploring a corn maze, hayrides, family picnics, summer camps, school field trips, and a family-friendly restaurant that serves hearty home-cooked country fare.
18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia 20135, Phone: 540-554-2073
Hollabaugh Brothers – Pennsylvania
Hollabaugh Brothers is a family-owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm with a large retail farm market in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, that offers a wealth of farm-centric fun for the whole family. Located just ten minutes from Historic Gettysburg on 500 acres of land, the working farm grows and harvests all kinds of fruits and vegetables, ranging from apples and apricots to corn, tomatoes, and strawberries. The farm also has an extensive retail market with an in-house scratch bakery that serves signature bread, dumplings, fruit pies, apple cider donuts, and sticky buns, an ice cream counter that offers locally made, hand-dipped ice cream; and a gift shop filled with unique finds. The market also sells an array of locally produced jarred and canned goods, locally grown meats, and fresh flowers.
545 Carlisle Rd, Biglerville, PA 17307, United States, Phone: +1 717-677-8412
Honey Pot Hill Orchards – Massachusetts
Honey Pot Hill Orchards is a working farm in Stow, Massachusetts that offers an authentic farm experience with apple and blueberry picking and is home to a traditional farm store that sells a variety of homemade farm products and fresh flowers. In addition to providing fruit and vegetable-picking experiences for visitors, the family-owned and operated farm also offers a variety of activities and adventures, such as exploring a corn maze, hayrides, family picnics, a petting zoo, and field trips. Honey Pot Hill Orchards can be hired for special events such as birthday parties and weddings.
16 Boon Rd, Stow, MA 01775, United States, Phone: +1 978-562-5666
Hurds Family Farm - New York
Established over 25 years ago, Hurds Family Farm is a family-owned and operated fruit farm that grows and harvests fruits and vegetables and offers year-round, seasonal fruit-picking for visitors. The farm has a charming country-style café that serves freshly prepared farm-to-table fare made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, including pumpkin pie, apple pie and apple cider. Attractions and activities at the farm include a corn maze, hayrides, apple bounce and launcher, cow trains, a Wild Apple Obstacle Course, and a Rubber Duck Derby.
2187 NY-32, Modena, NY 12548, United States, Phone: +1 845-883-7825