Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial start of apple season here in the Catskills, and this year’s harvest promises to be a bountiful one. Whether it’s MacIntoshes, Galas, Honeycrisps or Empires you’re after, you can find what you’re looking for at a variety of orchards in the region. Some are no-frills, pick-and-pay operations, while others bill themselves as “agritainment,” offering kids’ activities and farm-related fun. Among the Catskills’ counties, southeastern Ulster County is home to the most apple orchards, many of which offer options for on-farm lunches and picnicking if you’re making a day trip of it.
As with any weather-related adventure, it’s always a good idea to call before you go to confirm hours and availability. Also good ideas: leave the pets at home and carry cash. All the farms listed below are open now unless otherwise noted; closing dates are included if available. Click on the names of the farms for more information from their websites.
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Boehm Farm: 233 County Route 26, Climax. 518-731-6196. Daily, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Peaches and pumpkins are available as well. Horse-drawn wagon rides offered for kids of all ages. Cash only.
Terrace Mountain Orchard: 158 Apple Blossom Lane, Schoharie. 518-295-7755. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bakery on site selling cider doughnuts, apple pies and other assorted pastries.
Apple Hill Farm: 124 Route 32 South, New Paltz. 845-255-1605. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Friday, Sept. 11 through Oct. 31. Also selling corn, tomatoes and peaches, with pies for sale and hayrides available on the weekends.
Dressel Farms: 271 State Route 208, New Paltz. 845-255-0693. Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Farm stand and ice cream parlor on site selling cider doughnuts and other apple-based sweets.
DuBois Farms: 209 Perkinsville Road, Highland. 845-795-4037. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 1. Farm market, cafe and bakery on site, hosting weekend barbecues. Corn maze, pony rides and other kids’ activities available.
Hurds Family Farm: 2187 State Route 32, Modena. 845-883-7825. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cafe open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays. Many activites for children, including a bounce house and a “cow train.” Also selling pick-your-own pumpkins and fall squash.
Jenkins & Lueken Orchard: Route 299 (Yankee Folly Road), New Paltz. 845-255-0999. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also selling pick-your-own peaches and lots of other produce, including good deals on canning tomatoes as the season winds down. On-site bakery takes special orders.
Kelder’s Farm: 5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson. 845-626-7137. Daily, 10 a.m. top 6 p.m. Farm market on-site. Kids’ activities include mini-golf, a corn maze and a petting zoo.
Liberty View Farm: 340 Crescent Ave., Highland. 845-399-9545. Call for hours. This sustainable and socially-conscious farm offers a couple of twists on pick-your-own apple traditions: nocturnal picking and tree leases. Beginning Sept. 16, you can pick at night, from sunset to 10 p.m., on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It also offers a “lease a tree” program, where you can pay (usually around $100) to rent a single tree, whose harvest yields up to 150 pounds depending on the variety.
Minard’s Family Farm: 250 Hurds Road, Clintondale. 866-632-7753. Weekends and holidays through Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This farm also grows pick-your-own pumpkins and offers hay rides, face-painting and lots of other fun activities for children.
Saunderskill Farm: 5100 Route 209, Accord. (845) 626-2676. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bakery, cafe and farm market on site. Pumpkin-picking will be offered beginning in October, as well.
Stone Ridge Orchard: 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge. 845-687-2587. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Farm store on site.
Twin Star Orchard: 155 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz. 845-633-8657. Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This brand-new orchard and cidery, whose motto is “ugly apples taste better,” also produces and sells hard cider. Beginning in mid-September, the farm will crank up its new brick oven to serve pizza and burgers.
Westwind Orchard: 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, 845-626-0659. Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The apples are certified organic and the pizza is brick-oven style at this farm, which also hosts movies on some Saturday nights.