Apple season is here, and picking your own apples is a great way to spend some quality time with the family this fall. Apples are incredibly versatile, with many ways to use them after you take them home. Enjoy your apples as a fresh and healthy snack, use them in baked goods like apple pie or cake or make homemade applesauce. You can even add a touch of nature to your fall décor by displaying them in creative ways. We brought you a list of the best places for apple picking in the Philadelphia area last fall, but here's an updated list with even more ideas.
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063
A trip to this 300-acre farm is guaranteed fun for the entire family. Spend the day going on a hayride through the orchards, riding ponies, visiting the animals in the barnyard, checking out the passenger train, getting lost in a corn maze or even fishing in Orchard Lake. Pick-your-own apples runs from early August through the end of November from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, weather and crop selection permitting. There is a $5-per-person minimum charge that goes toward your apple purchase. Visit the weekend of September 27 and 28 for the Apple Festival hosted by Makin' Music. This two-day event features live music, games, contests, apple tasting demonstrations, an apple pie eating contest and more.
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Morrisville, PA 19067
Shady Brook Farm was founded by T. Herman Fleming in 1913, making it one of the oldest working farms in the country. Now run by the fourth generation of the Fleming family, the farm celebrated its 100th year in the summer of 2013. Offering events such as Summer Wine Concerts, Fall Fest, Santa Landing, the Holiday Light Show and Easter Eggstravaganza, Shady Brook Farm has become a staple for seasonal family traditions. Apple picking is available August through the beginning of October, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. To get the most out of your visit, come during Apple Fun Days on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14 as well as Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. In addition to wagon rides through the orchard to pick your own apples, there will also be activities like an inflatable moon bounce, crafts, food vendors and more. Apples are $1.29 per pound for pick-your-own.
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3325 Creamery Road
New Hope, PA 18938
Solebury Orchards began in scenic Bucks County in 1985 with 24 acres of land. In 1989, the orchard opened to the public, eventually adding another 45 acres in 1996. The apple picking season runs September 4 through November 2, with picking hours Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are a lot of varieties of apples available, with some of the most popular being the Honey Crisp, Empire, Stayman Winesap, Keepsake, Gold Rush, Pink Lady and Pinata. Since they ripen at various times throughout the fall season, you'll want to check with the orchard if you have a specific favorite. On weekends, you can take a tractor or wagon through the orchard to the trees that are prime for picking that day. Apples are priced at $1.50 per pound, and that's the only cost for picking. After visiting the orchard, you'll want to stop by the market for fresh-pressed apple cider, cider ice (frozen cider slush), cider donuts and homemade applesauce.
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97 Styer Lane
Langhorne, PA 19047
Styer Orchard is owned and operated by the Field family, offering pick-your-own fruits and vegetables spring through fall. Apple season is open August through early November with picking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There's no entrance fee or charge for hayrides, making it a cost-conscious choice in the area.
Tabora Farm & Orchard
1104 Upper Stump Road
Chalfont, PA 18914
Family owned and operated for over 20 years, Tabora Farm & Orchard offers a full-service deli, from-scratch bakery, country store with food treats and gifts and a vegetable and fruit farm. Visitors are invited to pick their own apples throughout the fall from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Come out for the Apple Festival September 27 and September 28 to enjoy reduced prices, crafts, live music, wagon rides, baked goodies and more.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women's fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn't pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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