Apple U-Pick Orchards in North-central Pennsylvania in 2022, 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!
- Bohlayer's Orchards - Apples, pears, and prepicked produce
RR 2 Box 2530, Troy, PA 16947. Phone: 570-297-2480. Open: Monday to Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5 during apple season only Open from mid-August to Thanksgiving; Pick-Your-Own apples and pears will only be available to those families purchasing a membership. Directions: Located on a Pennsylvania Century Farm in Bradford County, our family owned and operated orchard has been welcoming visitors for decades. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Two miles west of Troy . From scenic Route 6, turn onto Farmers Valley Road at Rolosons Maple Syrup. . We offer our guests both U-Pick and harvested apples and pears, as well as our own freshly pressed cider in season. Local honey and maple products are also available. Weekday school tours are welcome. Please call the orchard to make a reservation. Some of our apple varieties include Quinte, Red Melba, Macintosh, Jonamac, Cortland, Gala, Macoun, Empire, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, Red Spy, Ida Red, Melrose, and Mutsu. Call for Peach and Pear availability. Monday to Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5 during apple season. Season: August through December; by appointment beginning January. Peaches are available harvested only. We participate in the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program.
- Gardiner's Farm - apples, peaches
5420 Fall Brook Rd, Troy, PA 16947. Phone: (570) 297-3929. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 12 - 4. Click here for a map and directions. . Season: Mid August - Thanksgiving. Scenic orchard in Bradford County featuring dwarf apple trees on stakes and trellis. Fantastic fall colors. U-pick and We pick. We make own apple butter/jams. School tours-reservations. Fresh, tree-ripened peaches and apples grown on our family orchard. The orchard has dwarf sized apple trees to make the U-picking experience even better with 10+ varieties to choose from. U-picking available mid-September. Fruit also for sale in market. Our apple varieties include: Redfree, Gala, Red McIntosh, Red Cortlands, Red and Yellow Delicious, Jonathan, Jonagold, Empire, Honeycrisp, Northern Spy, Spy Gold, Rome, Stayman Winesap, and Zestar.
Apple picking tips:
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 -
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
- Apple pie recipe and directions and
illustrated! I can say, with, ahem, no bias at all, that this is the
best apple pie recipe in the world! (Alright, I did have an apple strudel in
Vienna once at that place listed in Fodors that was REALLY good, but that
wasn't a pie, was it? And since this was the recipe my grandmother used, it
must be great!)
- How to make applesauce for
a single meal (not canning it) with NO special equipment
- Apple cobbler
Apple crunch - best of all! Moist, low sugar and using oats!
Apple crisp - ever-popular, low sugar and using oats!
Apple, blackberry, cherry, and/or peach cobbler
Apple-blackberry, crumble - a English favorite (or favourite)
Using fresh apples and miscellaneous