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10 best spots for apple and pumpkin picking near NYC

Prepare to make (and eat) a whole lot of pie

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The temperature’s dropping, the leaves are turning, and a certain spiced latte is everywhere you turn, which means we’ve reached peak fall. Take advantage of the last nice weather we’ll have for, oh, months by getting outdoors and exploring local farms. Even if you’re not into picking your own produce, you can sample staples like cider, doughnuts (and cider doughnuts), and pies, or check out family-friendly activities like hayrides and haunted houses.

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1. Queens County Farm Museum

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7350 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park, NY 11004
(718) 347-3276
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At this 47-acre plot—the longest continually farmed land in New York State—visitors can explore historic buildings and scope out seasonal crops in addition to picking out their pumpkins. Its annual Amazing Maize Maze, a huge labyrinth made of corn, will be open until October 30—the theme this year is "The Big Apple," for what it's worth.

An aerial view of the Queens County Farm Museum corn labyrinth. There are people walking amongst the corn stalks in the labyrinth.

2. Dr Davies Farm Stand

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Doctor Davies Road.
Congers, NY

More than 4,000 trees spread across 35 acres mean there’s typically plenty of apples ready to pick whenever you go. Pumpkins tend to be limited to the small sugar varieties—not exactly carve-able, but way easier to tote home.

There is a sign that reads: Welcome to Dr. Davies Farm. Under the sign is a cart with a giant sculpture of a red apple. In the distance are trees.

3. Stuart's Fruit Farm

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62 Granite Springs Rd
Granite Springs, NY 10527

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4. Fishkill Farms

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9 Fishkill Farm Rd
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Spring freezes took a toll on this eco-friendly farm’s bounty, but you’ll still find Golden Delicious and Rome apples (with more available at the farm store) and pumpkins in every size. Don’t skip out without nabbing one of the flaky, butter-crust pies.

In the foreground is a cart. Behind the cart is a ladder standing near an apple tree. The apple tree has many red apples on it. Via Fishkill Farms/Facebook

5. Weed Orchards and Winery

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43 Mt Zion Rd
Marlboro, NY 12542

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6. DuBois Farms

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209 Perkinsville Rd
Highland, NY 12528

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7. Masker Orchards

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45 Ball Rd
Warwick, NY 10990

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8. Apple Dave's Orchards

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82 Four Corners Rd
Warwick, NY 10990

Before perusing the pumpkin patch and collecting your fair share of Macintoshes and Cortlands, take an hour to wander the grounds (cider doughnut in hand). You can stroll through herb garden and past ponds to the neighboring winery, where you can sip hard cider, apple vodka, and limited-edition wines.

A pumpkin patch with many orange pumpkins on vines. Surrounding the pumpkin patch are trees.

9. Alstede Farm

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84 Route 513, Chester
NJ, 07930
(908) 879-7189
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10. Riamede Farm

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122 Oakdale Rd
Chester, NJ 07930

Among the 34 types of apples at this no-frills New Jersey farm, you’ll find several heirloom varieties (King David’s are plentiful right now). And unlike many spots, the pumpkins here are still clinging to the vine.

A farm stand with orange pumpkins.. There are baskets of small pumpkins. Behind the baskets are larger carving pumpkins. There are autumnal flowers in the background.

1. Queens County Farm Museum

7350 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, NY 11004
An aerial view of the Queens County Farm Museum corn labyrinth. There are people walking amongst the corn stalks in the labyrinth.

At this 47-acre plot—the longest continually farmed land in New York State—visitors can explore historic buildings and scope out seasonal crops in addition to picking out their pumpkins. Its annual Amazing Maize Maze, a huge labyrinth made of corn, will be open until October 30—the theme this year is "The Big Apple," for what it's worth.

7350 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park, NY 11004

2. Dr Davies Farm Stand

Doctor Davies Road., Congers, NY
There is a sign that reads: Welcome to Dr. Davies Farm. Under the sign is a cart with a giant sculpture of a red apple. In the distance are trees.

More than 4,000 trees spread across 35 acres mean there’s typically plenty of apples ready to pick whenever you go. Pumpkins tend to be limited to the small sugar varieties—not exactly carve-able, but way easier to tote home.

Doctor Davies Road.
Congers, NY

3. Stuart's Fruit Farm

62 Granite Springs Rd, Granite Springs, NY 10527

A photo posted by Alina (@alinagm) on

62 Granite Springs Rd
Granite Springs, NY 10527

4. Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
In the foreground is a cart. Behind the cart is a ladder standing near an apple tree. The apple tree has many red apples on it. Via Fishkill Farms/Facebook

Spring freezes took a toll on this eco-friendly farm’s bounty, but you’ll still find Golden Delicious and Rome apples (with more available at the farm store) and pumpkins in every size. Don’t skip out without nabbing one of the flaky, butter-crust pies.

9 Fishkill Farm Rd
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

5. Weed Orchards and Winery

43 Mt Zion Rd, Marlboro, NY 12542

A photo posted by Jane (@morethanbirdsandlilies) on

43 Mt Zion Rd
Marlboro, NY 12542

6. DuBois Farms

209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland, NY 12528

A photo posted by Maks Bondarenko (@maks.bond) on

209 Perkinsville Rd
Highland, NY 12528

7. Masker Orchards

45 Ball Rd, Warwick, NY 10990

10•12•16

A photo posted by @itsusie (@croissantcrumbs) on

45 Ball Rd
Warwick, NY 10990

8. Apple Dave's Orchards

82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick, NY 10990
A pumpkin patch with many orange pumpkins on vines. Surrounding the pumpkin patch are trees.

Before perusing the pumpkin patch and collecting your fair share of Macintoshes and Cortlands, take an hour to wander the grounds (cider doughnut in hand). You can stroll through herb garden and past ponds to the neighboring winery, where you can sip hard cider, apple vodka, and limited-edition wines.

82 Four Corners Rd
Warwick, NY 10990

9. Alstede Farm

84 Route 513, Chester, NJ, 07930

A photo posted by Alstede Farms (@alstedefarms) on

84 Route 513, Chester
NJ, 07930

10. Riamede Farm

122 Oakdale Rd, Chester, NJ 07930
A farm stand with orange pumpkins.. There are baskets of small pumpkins. Behind the baskets are larger carving pumpkins. There are autumnal flowers in the background.

Among the 34 types of apples at this no-frills New Jersey farm, you’ll find several heirloom varieties (King David’s are plentiful right now). And unlike many spots, the pumpkins here are still clinging to the vine.

122 Oakdale Rd
Chester, NJ 07930