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Like real estate, the price of an apple in NYC can fluctuate wildly in this city. A lone apple at an organic grocer can cost the same as a pound of apples in a bodega. This weekend, take a break from city prices and city living, and go pick your own fruit and vegetables at these local farms. Many of the farms are located near vineyards and creameries, so you can enjoy additional treats.
GRIEG'S FARM, Red Hook, NY
Travel Time: 2hrs
Open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., this Red Hook Farm offers raspberry and apple picking in September. In October it’s apples and pumpkins. Grieg Farm also hosts at Farmers Market on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Don’t leave the farm without petting the pygmy goat that lives there. After a morning of picking fruit and veggies, stop in for lunch and some pie at the Me-Oh-My Café and Pie Shop located just a couple of miles from the farm.
ALSTEDE FARMS, Chester, NJ
Travel Time: 1 hr
Pick apples, potatoes, pumpkins, corn, gourds and flowers at this New Jersey farm, which also sports a corn maze. After you’ve filled your bag up with your loot, drive down the road and reward yourself with a cold handcrafted brew at the Long Valley Pub and Brewery.
If you’re planning on cooking up some good grub when you get back to the city, make sure to stop at the Valley Shepherd Creamery to purchase some of their many cheeses. With an outpost in Park Slope, Valley Shepherd Creamery offers fall farm tours ($8.75 per person) at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. until November.
APPLEWOOD ORCHARDS, Warwick, NY
Travel Time: 1hr 20 minutes
Warwick is an apple town. There are many orchards to pick from, and on Sunday, October 5th, the town hosts the annual Warwick Apple Fest. If you want to narrow your selection, at Applewood Orchards , you only pay for you what you pick, which is ideal for city dwellers with small kitchens. It's also home to the Applewood Winery
with wine tastings on Fridays through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Before you head back to the city, stop at Bellvale Farms, atop Mt. Peter, with incredible views of fall foliage and seriously tasty ice cream. Get a scoop of Bellvale Bog, dark chocolate ice cream with brownie dough and fudge swirl and enjoy the remaining days of the Bellvale season. It closes at the end of October and reopens in April.
In the heart of the North Fork wine trail, take a break from drinking and head to Woodside Orchards. They make a hard apple cider, plus you can also pick from over twenty varieties of apples, too! Open seven days at week at the Aquebogue location and weekends in Jamesport.
Alison Lowenstein, Gothamist Getaways editor, is the author of NYC guidebooks, and travel articles for National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, NY Daily News, Travelandleisure.com, etc. When she isn’t planning trips, she enjoys jogging around the streets of NYC. Despite her athletic pursuits, her favorite food is the donut. You can find her on Twitter at @cityweekendsnyc