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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Northeastern 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!

Lackawanna County

  • Lakeland Orchard and Cidery - apples, strawberries, vegetables, sunflowers
    1649 Lakeland Drive, Scott Township, PA 18433. Phone: (570) 254-6038. Email: [email protected]. Open: starting in mid-June with strawberries, through October with apples. Click here for a map and directions.
    Lakeland Orchard and Cidery Facebook page. . They've added lots of new vegetables and fruits available for guests to pick themselves! Some of our new crops include eggplant (pictured blooming), watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, three kinds of beans, a variety of winter squash, and so many more! Facebook page. Catch a wagon ride to their ever 3-acre field of strawberries. Strawberry Festival in June. Come out to Lakeland Orchard to pick the freshest and best tasting veggies. This year's offerings include, but are not limited to, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, zucchini & squash, cucumbers, and potatoes! The vegetable garden will open mid July with tomatoes & peppers and stay open through October with potatoes & sweet potatoes. Vegetable availability will change each week so be sure to follow our social media channels for updates. Apples: They currently have over 20,000 trees growing more than 30 different kinds of apples! They take great care to prioritize the taste and quality of the apples that They grow and sell. While you're here, be sure to stop by our flower fields and take home a bucket of blooms while they last! Their varieties of apples ripen from Labor Day Weekend through the end of October. They will put out weekly updates on social about what varieties are ready that week. Even an Apple Harvest Festival!. (ADDED: April 9, 2021, JBS)
  • Roba Family Orchard - apples, pumpkins, Fall festival, cow train rides, corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, pig races, goat walk, wagon rides, Jumping pillow, Pumpkin Weigh-Off,
    1649 Lakeland Drive, Scott Township, PA 18433. Phone: 570-563-2904. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturday and Sunday only, beginning mid - September. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Starting this year, all transactions will be cashless due to Covid-19.
    Roba Family Orchard Facebook page. . Please see thier Cashless Page for more information. With 11 different food stands to choose from, you have no reason to leave hungry! Taste our famous cider donuts, kettle corn and caramel apples. If that's not making you hungry they also have cheeseburgers, hot dogs, taco bowls, chicken tenders, pizza, fresh cut fries, funnel cakes, AND SO MUCH MORE.

Northampton County

  • Gulicks Fruit Farm - apples, cherries, raspberries, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, and prepicked produce
    6490 Kaylor Road, Bangor, PA 18013. Phone: 610-498-3020. Email: [email protected]. Open: They offer pick your own cherries in mid to late June depending on the weather, Cherry season hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5pm, summer hours (July and august) all week 9am to 5 pm, fall hours Monday to Friday 1pm to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5pm. Directions: see our homepage. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Gulicks Fruit Farm Facebook page. . . sweet cherries end of June, sour cherries first week July, apples (pyo) September and October, apples (prepicked) September to Thanksgiving, pumpkins (prepicked) end of September to Halloween. Ask about our other delicious non-pick-your-own crops available at our farm stand. Facebook page. Apples: In the order they ripen (note: Liberty apples are NOT PYO, the others all are): Gala Apples, McIntosh Apples, Liberty Apples, Cortland Apples, Jonathan Apples, Empire Apples, Red Delicious Apples, Yellow (Golden) Delicious Apples, Mutsu(Crispin) Apples, Ida Red Apples, Winesap Apples, Granny Smith Apples, Fuji Apples. Crops are usually available in June, July, September, October.

Susquehanna County

  • DeHaven Family Farm - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberries, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, porta-potties are available, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    6898 State Route 171, Union Dale, PA 18470. Phone: 570-679-2554. Email: [email protected]. Open: seven days, 10 am to 6pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    DeHaven Family Farm Facebook page. . . In the fall they have a petting zoo and family orientated attractions, including farm tours. Our animals include Nigerian Dwarf goats, KuneKune pigs, and three different breeds of rabbits. (ADDED: October 31, 2015)

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 - 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)


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