Apple picking 2013

I am not sure if it is quiet unusual that my tot loves being out in nature. He loves visiting farms and gains immense pleasure participating in related activities. We try to make it out to farms at least three times a year. He enjoyed apple picking last year, so I had to take him out again this year. Last year we enjoyed apple picking at Whitman’s farm in NJ. This year we decided to visit orchards in upstate New York. The plan was to visit “The Wright Family Farm” located Warwick, NY. The online reviews were fantastic, but instead we stopped at Dressler Farms in New Platz, NY.


The views of the mountains from the farm were stunning, a floral welcome at the facade and the sight of apples from the parking lot made it a tempting stop. Right where we parked, we picked up a bucket and boarded a wagon that took us to the heart of the orchard. My tot enjoyed picking Fuji apples, Red Delicious apples and Golden Delicious apples. The orchard grew several different types of apples besides the three we picked. After picking about 30 apples, we went by the shop to enjoy freshly baked donuts and chilled apple cider. We also bought two different varieties of pears, corn and pumpkin. My tot could not resist climbing on top of a tractor and jumping up on haystacks. While there were not many activities for children at the farm, the loaded apple trees and a fantastic view of the mountains made this a wonderful trip for the entire family.

The only thing to watch out for when visiting Dressler or Wright Farm, it is at least two hours away from the city. On Google it maps out to be much closer but it was a long drive, but during this time of the year a beautiful drive through the fall foliage.

While we were done apple picking in less than an hour, we enjoyed the experience for days. We counted the apples, we arranged them in different shapes and my tot took the three different varieties of apples for show and tell to school.

We can’t wait to get back out on the farms to pick our pumpkins before Halloween. Our recommended farms near New York city based on the past three years of experience are as follows:

New Jersey farms:

1) Alstede Farms – Chester, NJ (1 hour from New York City)
This continues to remain our favorite farm. We have picked pumpkins, strawberries and blue berries here. My son has enjoyed climbing haystacks, riding ponies and kiddie wagons. There is easy access to farms and all the activities from the parking lot, making it a great destination to visit with young children.

2) Wightman’s Farms – Morristown, NJ (45 minutes from New York City)
A easy to reach farm is great for picking apples. The orchard is small but easily accessible with little tots.

New York State Farms

1) Dressler Farms – New Platz, NY (1 hour 35 minutes from New York City)
A great apple orchard with a wide variety of apples to pick. Enjoy wine tasting and freshly baked donuts.

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