Sorry, Pumpkin Spice. Sweet, Local Apples Are the True Taste of Fall.
Fall is in full swing, and NEPA’s orchards are hard at work collecting bushel after bushel of fresh, homegrown apples. Most of them are small-town, family farms, but they sure know how to bring in a harvest. These orchards have kept NEPA’s autumn traditions alive for decades (and in some cases, over a century), and they’re back at it again for another season.
From sweet Honeycrisp and plump Macs to crunchy Red Delicious and tangy Granny Smiths, NEPA grows ‘em all. And don’t forget about all the delicious apple treats that go hand-in-hand with this time of the year. If you weren’t already dreaming of fresh-pressed cider, warm apple pie and sugary cider donuts, we bet you’re craving them now.
Take a drive into the NEPA countryside and visit our local farm stores and produce stands. Or bundle up in your coziest sweater and fill a basket at a pick-your-own orchard. Check out our list of places to find farm-fresh apples this fall.
Apple Orchards in NEPA:
This family-run apple orchard is one of the oldest in the area with roots going all the way back to 1828. Visit the farm store to pick up a basket of apples, plus other fall treats like cider, pies and their famous donuts. They’re also offering apple wagon rides every weekend through October.
Gould’s Produce and Farm Market
Stop by this family-run farm stand in the Poconos for a little taste of the autumn harvest. They offer fresh, local produce, including their own delicious apples and refreshing cider.
Grassy Ridge Farms
This farm grows over a dozen different varieties of apples. Pick up a basket at their roadside stand, and while you’re there, check out other fall favorites like fresh-pressed cider, plump pumpkins and vibrant mums.
Take a drive through the fall foliage of the Poconos and visit Heckman Orchards. You’ll find all your favorite varieties and sweet apple cider at the farm store.
Fall is the busiest time of year at this family farm—in fact, they pick about 40,000 bushels of apples every year! This orchard has been growing crisp, juicy apples since 1919, and they currently have over 20 varieties to choose from.
Nestled in the Endless Mountains, Jayne’s Orchard has been harvesting crisp, local apples for well over a century. Visit the farm store for fresh-picked apples, cider, pumpkins and more.
Jersey Acres Farms
Pine Grove, PA
This roadside farm stand and winery sells all sorts of seasonal produce, including their own apples and cool, refreshing cider. Make sure to taste their handcrafted wines and hard ciders too.
Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm
Nothing beats homegrown apples, fresh-pressed cider and warm apple pies from Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm. Visit their farm market and stick around for fall fun like pumpkin picking, a corn maze and a petting zoo on Fridays and Saturdays.
Lake Ariel, PA
Klim’s has been in business since 1932, and they still hand-pick each and every apple to this day. They offer 14 varieties, from classics like McIntosh and Golden Delicious to tasty new flavors like Zestar.
Lakeland Orchard & Cidery
Scott Township, PA
This u-pick apple orchard has over 20,000 trees and 30 varieties to choose from (we’ve never even heard of a “Pixie Crunch,” but it sounds delicious). A quarter-peck bag is included with admission, and you can always upgrade to a larger size. While you’re there, sip some brews at the Cider Garden, try your hand at axe throwing and listen to live music.
Maylath Farm & Orchard
This 250-acre farm is full of fall fun. Pick up a basket of fresh apples, a jug of cider and homemade baked goods at the farm store. They also have family activities like a corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals and more.
Miller’s Orchards Farm Market
Clarks Summit, PA
The Miller family planted their first apple tree over 125 years ago. Now the eighth generation is keeping the legacy alive. Miller’s uses sustainable, eco-friendly practices, so each bite is naturally delicious. And don’t leave without trying their irresistible pies, donuts and cider.
2021 marks the first year of pick-your-own apples at OHF Orchards. Come make some fall memories at this family farm. They’ll also have pre-picked apples, donuts, dumplings and cider.
Ritter’s Cider Mill
Mount Cobb, PA
This farm stand has a bountiful selection of delicious, sweet apples. They also make cider, pies, donuts, candy apples and other fall treats. Bring the kids for autumn-themed attractions like the corn maze, farm animals, hayrides and more.
Apples are ripe and ready for the picking at this u-pick orchard and farm stand in the Endless Mountains. They grow 14 different varieties, from favorites like Macs and Honeycrisp to kinds you won’t find in the grocery store, like Ginger Gold and Crispin.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 10/14/2020.