It’s that time of year again! Apple picking, wagon rides, apple fritters, donuts, pies and cider! Choose one or all, no matter your flavor, Upstate New York will have an orchard for you. Fun Fact: Did you know that New York State is the second-highest apple producer in the country? Below we have come up with the best orchards in Central New York. Enjoy!
Critz Farms, located in Cazenovia, New York, offers more than fresh, crisp apples. A family owned farm with activities offered year round. Seasonal festivals, live music events, a playground and more than 25 farm animals, for the younger crowd. Producing their own fresh farm ingredients, Critz Farms produces ales, ciders, and hard ciders. Join the Fall Harvest Celebration from September 17- October 23rd. Bring the entire family for wagon rides, their famous corn maze, and apple & pumpkin picking. Visit the tasting room, and enjoy the best handcrafted beer, wine and cider. Choose from pre-picked apples and pumpkins or choose to pick-your-own in Critz’s plantation. Visit Critz Cafe on the weekend for a light snack or small plate. Head into the gift shop to explore farmland treasures. Admission tickets are required for weekend visitors to Critz’s Fall Harvest Celebrations. Tickets are $9.00 in advance and $12.00 at the gate. Week day visitors may pick up apples or pumpkins at any time free of charge.
Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards
Being named the #1 Apple Orchard, Beak & Skiff will not disappoint! Over 100 years and 5 generations, Beak & Skiff is committed to growing the best apples possible. Take wagon rides through the miles of orchards and pick your own, while taste testing just a few… Pony rides, apple picking, and entertainment all in one place! Check out the concert series schedule on the Beak & Skiff Website. In mid to late September months, you can enjoy McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, SnapDragon, Cortland and Macoun Apples. Be sure to check out the Annual Lafayette Apple Festival, scheduled October 8th & 9th, 2022. This giant, outdoor festival will have numerous activities, including rides and attractions for the entire family. Let the kids jump, slide, climb and ride in the enormous tree house. Adults, 21 and over, can visit the 1911 Tasting Room, offering hard ciders, spirits and wines. Grab a bite, during your visit, off the Fall Tavern menu, offering sandwiches, burgers and sides. The cafe and bakery is currently closed for the 2022 season. If you’re looking for some goodies to bring home, visit the general store. Cans of fresh apple cider and CBD products are available for purchase. Fresh fudge, apparel and a variety of ingredients will be found in the store, as well.
Adams Acre Farm
Family owned and certifiably organic, right here in Jamesville, NY. Different from the rest, being organically grown, your family will enjoy great tasting apples, while keeping happy and healthy. Apple peak season is at its highest and you can select HoneyCrisp, Spartan and Crimson Crisp from Adams Acres. They operate Saturday and Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Pricing is currently at $1.85 per pound. Take advantage of Adams bushel special, which includes picking, washing and packing a bushel of organic apples for $70.00. Bring home your fresh, crisp, organic apples and make some of your favorite pastries. Your kitchen will smell like the flavors of fall. Adams Acre Farm is a nice alternative if you’re looking for a small, low key spot. Just a short drive off of Interstate 81, Adams Acre Farm in Onondaga County, will be worth the visit.
Owens Orchards is a quaint, old-fashioned apple orchard, located in Weedsport, NY. Easy in and out, you can wander the orchard at your own pace. Owens Orchard is family owned, being in its fifth generation. Choose from 15 different apple varieties to pick and bring home for the family. Visit the Owen Orchards store, opened from mid-August through March, and choose some homemade goods. Homemade pies, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, cheeses, persevere and locally grown vegetables. Owens Orchard is open 7 days a week, apple picking begins early September and admission is free! Enjoy wagon rides through the Orchards on the weekends. Plan a wedding, class reunion, family event or child’s birthday party. Visit the farm animals and watch as they peck at the apples you have picked. Place a caramel apple order and grab a jug of all-natural apple cider to bring home.Check out Owen’s website for some yummy, classic apple treats.
Tour the beauty of Central New York, enjoying the scenic highway of Route 20. You will be welcomed to the heart of “apple country”. Navarino Orchard is open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, and weekends 8am-6pm. Current pricing is $1.30 per pound for U-pick. Visit the Barn Cafe for some light snacks, hot dogs, popcorn, and cider floats. Enjoy a farmstead Sunday Brunch from 9am-1pm. Navarino Orchard offers more than just apples! Enjoy a tractor ride out to the orchard. Head out to the fields and pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins. Plan your next event at The Barn on The Farm at Navarino Orchard. Join the fun for the return to Hogwarts 20th Anniversary Celebration. Themed food and drinks, a costume contest and fun activities, celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter. Apple picking, fresh caramel apple pies, pony rides and goodies will all be worth the trip to Navarino Orchard. Bring home some fresh pumpkin cookies and honey crisps.
O’Neill’s Apple Orchard
Take a drive to O’Neill’s Orchard, just minutes off of Rt. 81, in Lafayette, NY. Enjoy some tasty fritters and donuts cooked onsite. Pies, maple candy, fresh apples, squash and other fresh produce. Food trucks are on-site, during the busy season. O’Neill’s Orchard is open Monday through Sunday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. Visit the farm stand, offering a variety of jams, baked goods, and cheese. The kitchen is open on the weekends, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Apple Fritters, apple cider donuts, hot dogs, ciders, water and soda are offered. Visit O’Neill’s apple wood smoked BBQ, for some extra zest in your visit! Pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken and over 10 side dishes, and numerous scrumptious desserts. There won’t be a shortage of apples or tasty food onsite. Visit O’Neill’s Apple Orchard on Facebook and Instagram, to learn more about their current events.
Old McMarleys Farm
Old McMarleys Farm, Orchard and Cider, located in Oneida County. Pure country bliss on Brimfield St., in Clinton, NY. Since 1983, Kevin and Joyce Marley have owned and operated this beautiful farm property. Fresh produce grown on the farm is offered at Old McMarleys seasonal farm stand. Opened from Labor Day through Christmas, visitors will find award winning honey and maple syrup. Old McMarleys offers over 40 varieties of apples, along with fresh pears and plums. A large assortment of fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, squashes, melons and pumpkins. Grab some seasonal gourds for fall decorating. Old McMarleys is known for their custom blended, old fashioned sweet cider. Seasonal Christmas decor will be offered through the winter months. Hours of operation are currently Sunday through Saturday 9:30am-7:00pm. Come take a drive with the family through the central portion of New York State.