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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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Queens County Farm Museum

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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.

Dr Davies Farm Stand

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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.

Stuart's Fruit Farm

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Fishkill Farms

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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

Weed Orchards and Winery

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DuBois Farms

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Masker Orchards

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Apple Dave's Orchards

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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.

Alstede Farm

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Riamede Farm

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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.

Queens County Farm Museum

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.

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

Dr Davies Farm Stand

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.

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.

Stuart's Fruit Farm

A photo posted by Alina (@alinagm) on

Fishkill Farms

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.

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

Weed Orchards and Winery

A photo posted by Jane (@morethanbirdsandlilies) on

DuBois Farms

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

Masker Orchards

10•12•16

A photo posted by @itsusie (@croissantcrumbs) on

Apple Dave's Orchards

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.

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

Alstede Farm

A photo posted by Alstede Farms (@alstedefarms) on

Riamede Farm

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.

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.