Great Weather The ‘Key Secret’ For Apple Picking In Westchester

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Great weather has made for great apples this fall in Westchester. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Harvest Moon Farm entrance. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Harvest Moon Farm orchard. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Harvest Moon Farm is running out of apples to pick. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree at Harvest Moon Farm. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Outhouse Orchard has a wide variety of apples to choose from. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Outhouse Orchard apples ripe for the picking. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Outhouse Orchard farm offers some great views for apple picking. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm has plenty of apples to pick. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
Wilkens Fruite & Fir Farm will offer apple picking through the end of October. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – A beautiful Autumn in Westchester County is bringing in waves of delicious apples, many of which are currently ripe for picking.

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What is your favorite kind of apple?

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What is your favorite kind of apple?

  • Macintosh

    16%
  • Red Delicious

    10%
  • Gold Delicious

    7%
  • Mutsu Crispin

    5%
  • Idared

    1%
  • Baldwin

    0%
  • Rome

    2%
  • Cortland

    7%
  • Braeburn

    2%
  • Granny Smith

    11%
  • Snow Banana

    0%
  • Macoun

    17%
  • Fuji

    7%
  • Winesap

    2%
  • Liberty

    0%
  • Other

    12%
  • I don't like apples.

    2%
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The most popular destinations to pick apples in the county include Harvest Moon Farm and Outhouse Orchard in North Salem, Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs and Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights. All four offer a wide variety of apples and free admission.

Though traditional apple picking season runs from Labor Day to Halloween, Harvest Moon Farm manager Christine Tartaglia said her apple supply might be gone by the end of this weekend.

“We just had a crazy September, the busiest season we’ve ever had,” she said. “The weather and apples have just been that good.”

Harvest Moon Farm is located at 130 Hardscabble Road and carries Macintosh, Liberty, Gold Delicious, Mutsu Crispin and Idared apples. They sit directly across from Outhouse Orchard, which also carries a robust selection of the fruit.

“We’ll have apples through October,” owner Wayne Outhouse said. “We’ve had a very good crop this year and the turnout has been tremendous because of the weather. That’s the key secret to growing and picking apples – the weather.”

Outhouse Orchard carries Macintosh, Cortland, Gold and Red Delicious, Baldwin and Rome apples. Outhouse said Macintosh and Cortlands have been the favorites thus far.

“They have a knack for tasting good right off the tree,” he said.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, located at 1135 White Hill Road in Yorktown Heights, might have the biggest variety of apples in the area, as the expect to have Macintosh, Gala, Baldwin, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Cameo, Snow Banana, Fuji, Macoun and Winesap apples through the end of October.

Stuart’s Farm, located at 62 Granite Springs Road, is the oldest family farm in Westchester and offers nine types of apples.

All four locations begin their pumpkin picking season sometime in October.

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MisterBill2:

You're missing Empire on your list. Interesting that Wilkins has Granny Smith, I have not seen that at other PYO places. We have not been to Wilkins in 20+ years (and we live in Yorktown). Did not like their tall trees that require poles or ladders, and their minimum purchase per person (and corresponding high prices). We pick at a place in Milton where they have nice low trees and charge by the pound.

edodbb:

After a great day of apple picking, our family tradition going to The Blazer Pub
for burgers!

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