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🍎 Apples: 16 Places to Pick Your Own

New York is America’s 2nd largest apple-producing state, following Washington State. Wayne County leads all other counties in New York State.

From early September to late October, you can pick your own apples from Greater Rochester area farms offering a delicious variety, including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Autumn Crisp, Twenty Ounce, CrimsonCrisp, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Jonamac, MacIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Ida Red, Granny Smith, and Cameo.

Many of our farms offer a fun agritourism experience, with hay rides, cider and donuts, and activities for the kids. Some have also started making cider, hard cider, and apple wines, like Old Goat Cidery, Blue Barn Cidery, and Embark Craft Ciderworks.

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West Winds Farms

Monroe County Apple Farms

  1. Kelly’s Farm Market Hilton
  2. Kirby’s Farm Market Brockport
  3. Robb Farms Spencerport
  4. Schutt’s Apple Mill Webster
  5. West Wind Farms Hilton
  6. Wickham Farms Penfield

Please note that Whittier Fruit Farm in Ogden is not offering U-Pick Apples in 2023.

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Wayne County Apple Trail

Apples are such a “core” part of Wayne County’s economy that they’ve made it part of their logo! Download the Apple Trail brochure to start your journey during the annual Apple Tasting Tour, October 1-31.

  1. The Apple Farm Stand North Rose
  2. The Apple Shed Newark
  3. Burnap’s Farm Market Sodus
  4. G & S Orchards Walworth
  5. Lagoner Farms Williamson
  6. Morgan’s Farm Market Marion
  7. Orbaker’s Farm Market Williamson
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Greater Rochester Apple Farms

  1. Hurd Orchards Holley
  2. Ontario Orchards Sterling

Surrounding Counties

  1. Becker Farms Gasport
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Tips for when you pick your own apples

Please feel free to bring along your reusable grocery bags.

Thank you to pickyourown.org for these helpful tips!

  1. Once picked, don’t throw them into the baskets; place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  2. Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but a refrigerator’s fruit/vegetable drawer will work, too. Kept cool, fresh-picked apples will generally keep weeks, but it DOES depend on the variety.
  3. Nutrition and miscellaneous facts: One-half cup of apples is only 42 calories. Apples contain no cholesterol or fat and are also low in calories. Apples are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A, and niacin. They contain iron and other trace minerals and are a fair source of Vitamin C.
  4. Apples are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of apples has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer, and heart disease.

Learn more about apple varieties from the New York Apple Association.

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Where are your favorite spots to pick apples?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “🍎 Apples: 16 Places to Pick Your Own”

  1. I am looking for a place in or near Rochester NY that my family and I can pick our own apples and make our own cider Does anyone know of a place I can do that? I find place to pick my own apples but no one says anything about making our own cider. We are looking for a family putting activity and thought making our own cider would be fun.

    1. That’s a tough one! I have a friend who lives in LeRoy with her own homestead orchard and she said she takes her apples out to a place in Attica to be processed, unpasteurized. I wonder if you reach out to any of the local apple farms and see if they do any cider education while they process their own apples? I remember making cider in 5th grade science class! I’d start with Robb Farms since they’re a smaller operation, then Westwind/Blue Barn Cidery. Let me know if you have any luck!

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