Despite the current summer-like weather, it’s time to start thinking about apples, pumpkins, Halloween, spiced lattes and even cuddling around a warm fire.
Explore these family-owned farms near NYC for pick-your-own fruits and veggies, corn maizes, hayrides, even haunted houses.
Even if you’re not into picking your own produce, you can buy fresh-picked, sample staples like cider, fresh made doughnuts (and cider doughnuts), pies from farm-raised ingredients, or check out family-friendly activities.
Here is the NYCOTC list of the top ten farms for everything from apples to zuchinni, pumpkins and pumpkin patches, hayrides and tractor rides, corn maizes and cider tastings, and more in NYC and also nearby in the Tri-State area.
We update and re-publish this list every year.
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This 47-acre plot is the longest continually farmed land in New York State – more than 300 years – since 1697 – where visitors can explore historic buildings and scope out seasonal crops in addition to picking out their pumpkins.
The seasonal farm stand is open through November 7.
The annual Amazing Maize Maze, a huge labyrinth made of corn, is open through the end of October, and this year there are two Moonlight Tours (bring your own flashlights).
It’s the only corn maze within New York City.
Queens County Farm Museum also offers a Haunted Farmhouse tour, and there is a special annual Children’s Festival in October.
7350 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, (718) 347-3276.
The rest of our list is in alphabetical order, since that’s the only fair way.
This easily accessible Jersey farm runs a free shuttle from the Gladstone New Jersey Transit station, making it a top pick (pardon the pun) for New Yorkers with no car.
There also are kid-pleasing special flourishes (like corn maze and hayrides daily basis, so it might be worth taking a sick day to head there Monday through Friday. After all, a thinner crowd means a better selection of the sizeable pumpkins and 15 apple varieties.
Depending on the week, you can also pick-your-own corn, tomatoes and peppers.
- 84 Route 513, Chester, NJ, (908) 879-7189
Re-opens for pick-your-own on Labor Day.
Before heading into the pumpkin patch and collecting your fair share of Macintoshes and Cortlands, take an hour to wander the grounds (cider doughnut in hand).
You can stroll through herb garden and past ponds to the neighboring winery, where you can sip hard cider, apple vodka, and limited-edition wines.
Open daily after Labor Day.
- 82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick, NY
More than 4,000 trees spread across 35 acres mean there’s typically plenty of apples ready to pick whenever you go.
Pumpkins tend to be limited to the small sugar varieties—not exactly carve-able, but way easier to tote home.
Open daily, 9am to 6pm.
Note: Cash and checks only, no credit cards accepted, but there is an ATM on premises for cash.
- Doctor Davies Road, Congers, NY
A pair of first-generation farmers purchased this 54-acre plot in 2002 to prevent the land from being developed.
They grow a wide variety of fruits and veggies including tomatoes and eggplant, along with flowers.
Harvest your own Concord grapes and Bosc pears along with six varieties of apples and hefty pumpkins perfect for carving. When you’ve gathered your stash, stick around for a weekend barbecue, fresh apple dumplings, and an apple slushy.
New this year is a pizzaria and an ice cream shop.
Open weekends through November 10.
No dogs allowed.
- 209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland, NY
This eco-friendly farm offers pick-your-own blackberries, apricots and flowers until apple and pumpkin season. Then it’s Golden Delicious and Rome apples and pumpkins in every size, and more are available just picked, in the farm store, including homemade butter-crust pies using farm fruits.
Pay by the container size of what you pick.
Because of the Pandemic, there is now a reservations-only policy.
There’s also a new cider tasting event, at $29 per person.
- 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
This hugely popular pick-your-own spot re-opens on Saturday, Sept. 4th for the fall season.
Fourteen types of apples hang from the trees here, including baking varietie Ida Reds, Romes and Mutsus, and three versions of Golden Delicious.
The other limited-time specialty is a truly creepy haunted house.
Pick-your-own is daily through November.
- 45 Ball Rd, Warwick, NY
Stuart’s Fruit Farm
Family-run since the early 1800s, this low-key Westchester locale offers 14 types of juicy apples and homemade cinnamon-sugar dusted cider doughnuts, baked on-site daily.
- 62 Granite Springs Rd, Granite Springs, NY
2021 is the 48th season of pick-your-own at this family-owned farm.
Choose among 34 types of apples at this no-frills New Jersey farm, including several heirloom varieties such as Jonathan, Freedom and tart Macouns. And there are plenty of pumpkins are still clinging to the vine. The farm also offers hayrides.
- 122 Oakdale Rd, Chester, NJ
Through the end of October, this 40-acre family farm offers the chance to pluck 11 different apple cultivars, along with other Hudson Valley crops (eggplants, zucchini, pumpkins, and butternut squash).
Stroll over to the adjacent winery to kick back with one of five varietals (Chardonnay, rosé, Dry Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon) or the house-made cider.
Note that dogs are not permitted.
- 43 Mt Zion Rd, Marlboro, NY
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This NYCOTC list of 10 best spots for apple and pumpkin picking in and near NYC was first published in 2016 and updated annually, including for 2021
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