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, steaming 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 to find farm-fresh apples this fall.
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.
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.
Ritter’s Cider Mill
Mount Cobb, PA
This farm stand lets you mix and match your own basket of delicious, sweet apples. They also make cider, pies, donuts, candy apples and other fall treats. Stick around for autumn-themed attractions like the corn maze, farm animals, hayrides and more.
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 and baked goods. They’re also offering u-pick Gala apples on weekends. Call or check Facebook for details.
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, dumplings and cider.
Apples are ripe and ready for the picking at this u-pick orchard and farm stand in the Endless Mountains. They grow 12 different varieties, from favorites like Macs and Honeycrisp to kinds you won’t find in the grocery store, like Yutaka and Crispin. You can also find their apples at their retail store in Montrose.
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.
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. For a sweet snack, try some apple slices in Jersey Acres’ creamy caramel dip.
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.
Grassy Ridge Farms
This farm grows over a dozen different varieties of apples. Pick up a basket at their roadside stand in Noxen, 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. Pick-your-own apples are not available this year due to COVID, but you can find all your favorite varieties and sweet apple cider at the farm store.
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.