If you’re getting into the rhythm of fall, chances are you’ve already gotten out your warmer clothing and are cozied up somewhere reading this with a blanket and a mug of something warm. Fall fans know that some things are just necessary – cozy sweaters, blankets, mugs of hot tea, coffee, or cocoa – and apples!
The best way to stock up on fall’s bounty is to head to a farm, where you can enjoy an afternoon of picking your own apples. While you’re there, pick up some fresh baked goods and enjoy breathing in the crisp, country air. Here are some of America’s best U-Pick apple orchards!
13. Butler’s Orchard – Germantown, Maryland
Butler’s Orchard prides itself on offering a stellar picking experience, as well as fun activities that you can take part in to really ring in the fall season. They offer apple and pumpkin picking through September and October. Once that season is done, you can even pick up your Christmas tree from Butler’s too!
Their farmers’ market, which is open on the weekends as part of their Pumpkin Festival, is full of dozens of varieties of delicious pies, including unique savory options like potato and broccoli.
12. Johnson Orchards – Yakima, Washington
Open since 1904, Johnson Orchards have been active in the local farming community for over 100 years. They offer cherries and soft fruit through the summer while their apple crop ripens in September. It’s often available for picking through December because of the Pacific Northwest’s temperate climate.
They also stock a variety of products from neighboring farms, including berries, fresh veggies, lavender, wine, and grass-fed beef. Yakima is the epicenter of Washington State’s many apple orchards, and Johnson Orchards is one of the best around.
11. Dwight Miller Orchards – East Dummerston, Vermont
Dwight Miller Orchards has been in the Miller family for the last eight generations, which seems unbelievable in a time when farmers are leaving their farms at extraordinary rates. The Miller family is involved in every single aspect of their farm, including their U-Pick days, where visitors can come and harvest their own certified organic apples.
This is their 20th year as an organic farm, and they strive to avoid waste by turning less-photogenic apples into cider and apple cider vinegar, which they make from scratch.