If you love to pick your own apples you've come to the right place. It's not the cheapest outing but in all fairness it can be no more expensive than taking your family to the movies. There's no admission charge and except for Columbus Day weekend there's no parking fee. So how much or how little you spend is up to you. One thing important to know is that pick your own apples is NOT open every day: hours are hard to find on the website (which I hear is in the process of being updated). You can pick apples Wed - Fri 10-4 and weekends 9-4. Apple picking season runs from Labor Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, actual end date varies depending on crowds and crop. Prices are $22 for a peck bag which can be shared by up to 4 people, a half bushel bag which is twice as big as the peck is $40(apple pricing is not on the website but really should be).
As longtime repeat visitor, I think I can offer a few suggestions to help plan a more enjoyable visit....if you really do not like crowds and hate waiting in lines, come during the weekday hours, preferably a bit after noon - sometimes they have school tours in the mornings and you'll find the parking lot filled with kids. If your schedule doesn't allow for a visit during the week then I would suggest coming on the weekend as soon as they open - it gets more crowded as the day goes on.
If you want the most recent information update - check their blog, not their website. The blog seems to get updated more frequently. If you need to call with a question, it's best to try during the week - on the weekends they are so slammed that the phones ring constantly and it may be hard to get through.
It is a farm so amenities are well, farm-like, think porta potties and hand sanitizer. If you've got kids you probably want to bring some wet wipes. Plan on drinking your soda out of the can and your pint of cider out of the bottle - if you have small children that have trouble doing that you might want to bring a sippy cup. You may find napkins, cups and straws at the new concession trailer, but not always in the store. Their prices for drinks are very reasonable - $1 for soda or water, $1.60 for a pint of cider; cheaper than most places. They accept cash,checks, and plastic. If you can, bring cash - it's faster and it always works. There have been times where the charge machines have had issues not always working. Just a heads-up for car fanatics - farm roads are unpaved and can be bumpy, dusty or muddy depending on weather conditions so there is a possibility your car will get dirty.
There are a couple new additions this year. First is are the concession trailer - open on weekends. Everything is made to order, not sitting under a heat lamp. The chicken tenders and fries are delicious. And last but definitely not least, there's cider donuts. In years past they used to get them from a bakery - they were O.K. but you couldn't get them warm,fresh made. Now they have their own donut machine and make them right on the spot (weekends only). As soon as you walk in the store you can smell them. They're delicious warm or cold but if you get them warm from the machine those cider donuts which are rolled in cinnamon sugar are a bite of heaven. These are regular size donuts and a package of 6 is only $3.50 - .guaranteed at least one package will get eaten on the ride home!
While it's apple picking season now, there are other things you can get besides apples. The store has seasonal produce and a great selection of jar items such as pickles, jams, jellies, apple butter, and salsa. Sometimes on the weekend they have samples you can try - if you're daring try the ghost chili salsa! They have some great plants, competitively priced and a lot healthier than you'll find in the home improvement stores. If you're looking for something unusual you should check out the topiaries. There are animals for the kids to visit - they used to be out front but a few years ago they were moved to a new pen away from the parking lot - a very smart idea if you've ever seen how people drive on a busy weekend!
As with any attraction, the busy season is going to be busy - crowds are unavoidable (even Disneyworld hasn't figured out how to solve that). During the Fall they do seem to be understaffed - you can tell everyone is trying but they could really use some more help. Attendance has grown to numbers I'm sure the founding generations could never have imagined. You can see that every year they are upgrading and expanding to meet the growing demands but they are going through some growing pains. That being said, with just a little planning you can have a wonderful Fall outing with your family and support a local family farm that has been around for three generations.
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