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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Central New Mexico in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Bernalillo County

  • WAVADA - Uses natural apples, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, fresh eggs
    105 Baker Ln NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. Phone: 505-898-6910. Email: Open: Call now an appointment, details and directions. Directions: Payment: Cash, only. Several varieties! Great for cider! Great for beer! Great for baking! Great for canning and great for simply eating!. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have plenty of free range fresh eggs at $3 a dozen. The ONLY pyo . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . crops offered are Apples, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries . (UPDATED: July 15, 2018) (ADDED: August 16, 2015)

Valencia County

  • Costanza Apple Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, Honey from hives on the farm, restrooms, farm animals, school tours, farm market
    5 Padilla Rd, Belen, NM 87002. Phone: 505-864-1621. Email: Open: August 15th through early - mid - November Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm Saturday 9am to 4 pm Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Directions: I-25 south (30 miles) to Belen exit 195 go 3.5 miles Right at Chavez Road, (past Bank and before Allistante Restaurant/Checker Auto Left at Molina Road (Stop sign) Left at Gabaldon Rd Quick right on Padilla Rd Third home (orchard) on left (blue gate. Note: Sisters have orchard at second home on left Note: If you use a mapping service such as Google the address shows our sisters orchard. Our orchard is one house further to the east. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Costanza Apple Orchard Facebook page. . Alternate . We use integrated pest management practices. We also have pumpkins and winter squash (already picked, in the farm market) Costanza Orchards begins its annual harvest late July with a small crop of early gold and ginger gold apples. Labor Day weekend we go into full production with the Red & Golden Delicious & continue thru late October with the addition of Winesaps and our most popular Arkansas Black. We are open as long as we have apples, generally thru the end of December, of course, pick your own is done by the first freeze.


Apple Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous


Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)