Are you committed to welcoming fall with pumpkin spice lattes, artistic displays of gourds, cable knit and corn mazes? If the answer is a resounding yes, here are some suggestions for farms where you can pick your own apples and pumpkins, all reachable by Metro-North and a short cab ride.
Note: We strongly recommend you check the farm’s website for any changes to visiting hours, apple availability, or admissions fees. Additionally, more information about cab service from Metro-North stations to destinations can be found on the Metro-North station pages.
Wilkens Fruit & Tree Farm
Wilkens Fruit & Tree Farm is a family operation, run by third- and fourth-generation members of the Wilkens family, covering 170 acres in Yorktown Heights. There’s apple-picking, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Save room for cider donuts from the bakery, and there’s also a winery on the grounds.
Fun fact: Back in the 1920s, farm founder John Wilkens sold his cider to New York City during Prohibition, enabling him to pay off the farm’s mortgage.
Admission is free, and visitors pre-pay for apple-picking bags. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted.
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY. Take Metro-North along the Hudson line to Croton-Harmon, then take a cab to the farm.
18 minute rideshare from Croton-Harmon
Before he was Secretary of the Treasury under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Morgenthau Jr. founded Fishkill Farms in 1913. The farm, now run by Morgenthau's grandson Josh Morgenthau, grows organic vegetables and fruit. Apples are currently in season for pick-your-own, and visitors can also pick pears, peaches, herbs, and flowers.
Reservations are required ($48 for up to 5 people, which includes a half-bushel 22-pound bag). Additional bags can be purchased for $35. Bar and grill reservations are also required ($14 for a table of up to 6 people with one cider flight.)
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY. Take Metro-North along Hudson line to Beacon.
20 minute rideshare from Beacon
Pick apples AND pears AND peaches at Outhouse Orchards throughout October. Visitors can go on hay rides around the farm, to see the harvest and dazzling views. There's also a pumpkin patch and a corn maze for the full fall experience.
Reservations are required for weekend visits and cost $28.37 per group (more details here). Visitors pre-pay $30 for a small bag of fruit (15 pounds) or $45 for a large bag (25 pounds).
139 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY. Take Metro-North along Harlem line to Purdys, then cab to the farm.
6 to 7 minute rideshare from Purdys
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
You can make a day trip out of a visit to Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. Besides apple-picking, the North Salem orchard features hay rides, a pumpkin patch, and live music, plus BBQ lunch, burgers, and their own cider are available.
Admission is $15 per person (children three and under are free) to access the orchard’s grounds, and reservations are required in advance. Apples are $15 for a ¼ peck (about 4 pounds), $25 for one peck (about 12 pounds), and $40 for half a bushel (about 25 pounds)—apple sales are cash only.
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY. Take Metro-North along the Harlem line to Purdys.
6-7 minute rideshare from Purdys
For Long Island-focused fall activities, including apple-picking, on Long Island, read our guide.