Fall has arrived, and for fruit lovers, that means one thing: It’s apple-picking season. After all, with cooler weather setting in, there are plenty of pies to bake and cider to sip.
In the Philly area, there are more than a few orchards where we can grab our own apples for a classic autumnal experience. Whether you’re into the crisp, sweet taste of a Gala apple or the crunchy, tart Granny Smith, you should be able to get your fill.
With the pandemic still going, your trip won’t be exactly like the apple picking of yesteryear. As always, remember to take precautions like wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands regularly.
A late spring frost has affected this season, so apple picking in the region may wrap up earlier than usual. So if you want to go, you’d better go soon.
Here, we’ve rounded up some local orchards where you can pick your own apples, and even pick up some apple cider doughnuts or apple pie, if you’ve got a sweet tooth that fruit alone won’t defeat.
This Delco orchard is a must-visit, thanks to the 25 types of apples they grow throughout the season, like Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap, and Macoun. If you’re making the trip, though, make sure it’s a weekday, as pick-your-own apples is closed on weekends due to a limited supply.
Don’t miss: Linvilla offers tons of baked goods at their farm market, including fresh-made apple cider doughnuts — a seasonal favorite.
137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, 22 miles from Center City, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, 610-876-7116, linvilla.com
This Bucks County orchard will resume apple picking on Friday with their pick-your-own crop of Stayman Winesap apples. Plus, you can take a hayride from Styer’s stand to the orchard for that classic fall farm feel — just remember to wear your mask and social distance.
97 Styers Lane, Langhorne, 26 miles from Center City, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 215-702-9633, styerorchard.com
Don’t miss: Highland Orchards' farm market can satisfy your sweets craving with their beloved apple cider doughnuts.
1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., West Chester, 41 miles from Center City, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 610-269-3494, highlandorchards.net
13 Van Kirk Rd., Princeton, N.J., 42 miles from Center City, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com
Reservations are required for weekend apple picking at this Bucks County farm, but you can still pick on Thursdays and Fridays without a reservation. They grow about 30 varieties of apples seasonally, according to their website, including Empire, Jonathan, and Crimson Crisp, with other types coming later in October.
3325 Creamery Rd., New Hope, 45 miles from Center City, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 215-297-8079, soleburyorchards.com
Weaver’s Orchard grows a wide selection of apples on some 18,000 apple trees across 35 acres of land, like Crimson Crisp, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold, among others. No reservations are required to pick your own apples, but you will need to use prepaid Weaver’s Orchard containers to hold your haul.
Don’t miss: If the actual apples you pick aren’t enough, check out the market for everything from apple cider doughnuts to apple dumplings, as well as apple cider pressed on-site.
40 Fruit Ln., Morgantown, Pa., 53 miles from Center City, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 610-856-7300, weaversorchard.com
Brecknock Orchard has a lighter crop than usual, so get out there ASAP to pick a variety of apples that includes Golden and Red Delicious, Jonamac, and Cortland before they’re gone. And if veggies are more your thing, they are offering pick-your-own on more than 40 types of pumpkins, squash, and gourds.
Don’t miss: Brecknock’s farm market has tons of homemade items like apple dumplings and pumpkin rolls, plus apple cider and fruit slushies. They even have local delivery and curbside pickup.
390 Orchard Rd., Mohnton, Pa., 63 miles from Center City, open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, 717-445-5704, brecknockorchard.com
Take the drive to Lehigh County for a pick-your-own visit to this orchard, where some 30,000 trees offer varieties like Autumn Gala, Cameo, and Rosalee. Each person aged 3 and up needs to buy at least a quarter-peck bag to enter the orchard, though larger sizes are available, too.
Don’t miss: Grim’s Fall Festival is open weekends through Nov. 1 and includes activities like a corn maze apple cannon shoot with entry ($16.95 per person, kids 2 and under free).