Fall in the Hudson Valley is a beautiful sight to behold. The air is crisp, the apples are crisper, and the pumpkins are just itching to be picked. Even before the leaves begin to change colors, the local farms are ready for families and friends to take to the field to fill up their baskets and wagons with some of the best farm-fresh produce.
Located in isolated Poughquag, Barton Orchards has been one of the most popular U-Pick farms for several decades. Visitors have the options of picking a variety of produce throughout the year including peaches, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, pumpkins, and, of course, apples. The picking times vary by season. Apples generally become available from August on while pumpkins are usually around by late September. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the summer with no admission fee. The farm does charge as admission fee during the peak harvest weekends in the fall. Prices vary by age. Barton Orchards also boasts a delicious bakery and farm market in Lagrange. It is only a few miles away from the farm itself and is open year-round to fulfill any sweet-tooth cravings.
Visitors can enjoy a plentiful harvest at Fishkill Farm, located in East Fishkill. The farm store is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and the farm offers visitors a variety of fruits and vegetables to pick at various times of the year as well as family-friendly activities. Fishkill Farm is lauded as an ecologically conscious institution with a firm belief in sustainability and responsibility. Their pick-your-own season starts in June with strawberries and then moves throughout the summer with a variety of berry and cherry varieties. Late summer and fall bring peaches, nectarines, and apples.
From May to October, visitors can tromp the grounds of Greig Farm to hand-pick their own produce. Located in peaceful Red Hook, the farm gives visitors the chance the pick asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, peas, and blackberries throughout the late spring and summer, as well as apples and pumpkins in September and October. Greig Farm is also home to the new Hudson Valley Farmers Market. Open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day, the market is stocked with local specialty products and also serves breakfast and lunch.
Tivoli is the picturesque backdrop for this casual U-Pick farm. The farm does not charge an admission fee and visitors can pay for all of their produce at the farm store or in the tents within the orchards. The farm offers strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, and apples at various times throughout the growing season. The farm stand, open from late-July to October, and U-Pick, open starting in June, are available only on the weekends.
Nestled in the beautiful hills of Highland, Wilkow Orchards is home to apple and pumpkin picking. They are open every day in September and October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can expect a wide variety of apples, including Northern Spy, Jonagold, Winesap, as well as all-time favorites, Macintosh and Golden Delicious. They also produce their own apple cider which is available at their farm store. Their cider is also used in Bad Seed Cider, a local hard cider. The cidery is located a few miles away and boasts a large and inviting tap room.
Krista Miller is a local Hudson Valley resident. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the miles and miles of local trails and enjoying one or five of the locally brewed craft beers. She loves living in the Hudson Valley and enjoys spreading the word about its wonders.
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