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8 Orchards to Check Out During Prime Apple Picking Season

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Written by Morgan Culhane

Published on September 10, 2020


Stonehill Orchards // Photo x Step Out Buffalo


Originally published in 2018 | Updated August 2020
Fall is here! How about them apples? That means it’s time to start planning your apple orchard adventures all over Western New York! Have a favorite variety? Many of these orchards have handy dandy picking guides, so you can plan your apple picking calendar accordingly. As far as the best places to go, Step Out Buffalo has it covered. What like it’s hard?
Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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1. LynOaken Farms

This u-pick spot in Medina is open until November 4th Monday-Friday: 10-5, and Saturday-Sunday: 9-6.
10609 Ridge Road (Route 104), Medina, NY  /  585-798-1060  /  lynoakenfarms.com
Covid update: Reservations required for Upick customers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
 

2. Becker Farms

Reward yourself after a day of picking with a glass of wine, pint of cider, or flight of beers. And don’t forget to stop by the bakery for a bite of heavenly goodness — those cinnamon sugar donuts are everything.
3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport, NY  /  716-772-2211  /  beckerfarms.com
Covid update: After September 5th, tickets are required for entry on weekends only. 
 

3. Blackman Homestead Farm

The picturesque Niagara Escarpment backdrop, makes picking at this 165-year-old farm is a must for the whole family. 
4472 Thrall Rd., Lockport, NY   /  716-434-7116  /  blackmanhomesteadfarm.com
Covid update: Open!
 

4. Hall’s Apple Farm

After filling your picking basket, head over to bakery and stock up on fresh, fruity pies. Did someone say apple pie? More like apple of our eye. Try it, and thank us later.
6100 Ruhlman Rd., Lockport, NY  /  716-434-0838 
Waiting on Covid update

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5. Mayer Bros.

A visit to the Ol’ Cider Mill store is a yearly requirement. A trip here is about more than just apples. Apple slushies anyone? How about horse drawn wagon rides? If you are ready to get your fall on, head here.
1540 Seneca Creek Rd., West Seneca, NY  /  716-668-5260  /  mayerbrothers.com
Covid update: Open for 2020 season
 

6. Sanger Farms and Bakery

Choose to tour the orchards by foot or explore by old-fashioned hayride. Sanger Farms carries all everyone’s favorite varieties including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Gala, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Crispin, Cortland, and Ambrosia.   
852 Youngstown Lockport Rd., Youngstown, NY  /  716-745-7297  /  sangerfarm.com
Covid update: Open for 2020 season

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7. Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill

Love them apples at Smith’s– they are kicking the picking season off with Macintosh, and progressing to Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin, and Ida Red. Spoiler alert– they now have yummy cider donuts to go with their cider slushies!
4960 Mapleton Rd., Lockport, NY  /  716-625-4316  /  smithsorchard.com
Covid update: Opening in September for 2020 season
 

Stonehill Orchard // Photo x Step Out Buffalo

8. Stonehill Orchard

Rows of beautiful apple trees grace this orchard, and there are tons of varieties to pick from. Stonehill is a wonderful place to stop for a day of family fun and reasonable prices. They even have concord grapes for the picking, which BTW make great pies – Google it. The kids will love picking, and you will too!
2356 Shirley Rd., North Collins, NY  /  716-337-2380
Covid update: Open for 2020 season
 
Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/morganculhane/" target="_self">Morgan Culhane</a>

Written by Morgan Culhane

Morgan is a storyteller with a passion for exploring Buffalo's food and beverage scene. She enjoys drinking craft beer so much that she started a business dedicated to promoting this industry. As the co-founder of Content on Draft, she develops social media marketing strategies for craft beverage companies in Buffalo and beyond… and she loves it!

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