Its apple picking season here in Buffalo, NY and the first place that comes to mind is Becker Farms. Becker Farms offers ready-to-pick apples, perfect for group outings, along with plenty of events and entertainment.
Becker Farms grows more than 10 different varieties of apples, berries, pumpkins, squash, peppers, tomatoes, 6 different kinds of grapes used for stomping into wine and of course, for eating! There’s much more where that came from. Becker Farms keeps its customers updated as to what “u-pick” fruit and veggies are available. Right now the farm has Gala, JonaMac and Macintosh apples available to pick, along with different veggies and plums for $3 a quart. “U-pick” pricing is $4.50 for 4 quarts, $12 for ½ bushel, and $20 for a bushel. You can never have too many apples; some to eat as a healthy snack and some to turn into a not-so-healthy apple pie or apple crisp with some cinnamon ice cream on top. Stop in to Becker Farms for lunch and order up some creamy cheddar beer dip with warm Bavarian pretzels for $8.50 or their seasonal vegetable plate for $6.
Becker Farms hosts wonderful events throughout the fall. Thursday Flights and Bites is every Thursday from 6PM-9PM with the bar open until 10PM. Becker Farms offers a Haunted Hayride for $9 through October (dates and details to be announced in upcoming SOB post)! The Annual Pumpkin Fiesta occurs on September 27th and 28th and October 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. During the Pumpkin Fiesta, you can check out Becker Mountain and take in the beautiful view of the estate from the top. They have the usual corn maze, but Becker Farms also has the Concord grape maze new this year!
Becker Farms Details:
3724 Quaker Rd / Gasport/ Niagara County
(716) 772-2211 | WEBSITE
After a fun day of apple picking, don’t forget that you’re surrounded by excellent local wineries. Stop by my personal favorite, the Winery at Marjim Manor, to pick up a bottle on your way home.
Not only can you try some fantastic award winning wine like “Applely Ever After,” that tastes a bit like champagne with a variety of apple flavors and cinnamon spice, but you can hear tales of how the winery became haunted. Listen to what the staff sees and hears on a regular basis throughout the manor and get to know the history behind it. Hint: Ask what the story behind Thursdays at 3PM is…if you dare. I was told the story when I visited the winery and have read it in detail in the book, Haunted Buffalo, The Ghosts of the Queen City by Dwayne Claud and Cassidy O’Connor. It’s worth the trip for the tasty sparkling wine and to hear this spooky tale, where the haunting itself takes place.
My personal recommendations: Ask for a sample of “Thursday Afternoon at Three,” a blend of grape and peach, while listening to the story. I also enjoy, “Once Upon a Time,” sparkling apple wine and “Applely Ever After.”
Winery at Marjim Manor Details:
7171 Lake Rd /Appleton/ Niagara County
(716) 778-7001 | WEBSITE
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