Around this time of year, many families begin planning trips to pumpkin patches to celebrate the spirit of the season. But there’s another type of produce that has become synonymous with fall that deserves celebration, too. Apple orchards offer families a great way to cherish nostalgic traditions while supporting their local farmers. Crisp and juicy apples are the perfect complement to fall weather, not to mention apple cider and apple pie!
Many of the apple-growing orchards in America don’t offer opportunities to pick your own apples, which makes the ones that do extra special. These orchards tend to be small family-owned operations that make a significant part of their income from agrotourism and local supporters who value home-grown, healthy food. Some apple orchards have gone organic to help environmentally conscious consumers enjoy this favorite fruit without fear of pesticides and chemicals. Meanwhile, others grow specialty apples that you can’t find in your average supermarket.
From coast to coast and everywhere in between, here are some of the top apple-picking orchards to visit this fall.