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7 Orchards to Check Out During Prime Apple Picking Season

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Written by Morgan Culhane

Published on September 12, 2022
Photo courtesy of Blackman Homestead Farm

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, we’ve got you covered.

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1. LynOaken Farms

10609 Ridge Road (Route 104), Medina, NY  /  585-798-1060  /  lynoakenfarms.com

This u-pick spot in Medina is officially open for the 2022 season with options for picking as well as grabbing already bagged options.

2. Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport, NY  /  716-772-2211  /  beckerfarms.com

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.

3. Blackman Homestead Farm

4472 Thrall Rd., Lockport, NY   /  716-434-7116  /  blackmanhomesteadfarm.com 

The picturesque Niagara Escarpment backdrop makes picking at this 165-year-old farm a must for the whole family. Here you’ll also find options to purchase their homemade juices and cider options.

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4. Sanger Farms and Bakery

852 Youngstown Lockport Rd., Youngstown, NY  /  716-745-7297  /  sangerfarm.com

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.   

5. Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill

4960 Mapleton Rd., Lockport, NY  /  716-625-4316  /  smithsorchard.com

Love them apples at Smith’s– they are kicking the picking season off on Saturday, September 17. Spoiler alert– they also have yummy cider donuts to go with their cider slushies!


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6. Baker Farm Market & U-Pick

2100 Youngstown Lockport Rd Ransomville, NY / 716-791-3440 / bakerfarmmarket.com

Baker Farm is a 3 generation owned farm and market offering a variety of apples to pick this season including Ginger Golds, Macintosh, Galas and Cortlands.

7. Meadows Apple Farm

10459 Prospect Rd, Forestville, NY / ​​716-965-2674 / meadowsapplefarm.com

Located in Chautauqua County, Meadows Apple Farm offers u-pick and already picked apple options as well as home pressed cider.

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This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.

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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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