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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Northwestern 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!

Crawford County

  • Church Run Orchard - Apples, restrooms, petting zoo, farm animals
    44868 Warner Rd, Titusville, PA 16354. Phone: 814-827-7172. Open: harvest months depends on crop yields. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. .
    Comments from a visitor on August 14, 2010: "best cider i have ever had."

Erie County

  • Lehman Fruit Farm - apples, Pumpkins
    6550 Pieper Road, Girard, PA 16417. Phone: 814-774-3254. Open: Seasonal hours, Please Call. Directions: 1 mile south of State Police Barracks on Lexington Road. to Pieper Road, I only see pumpkins on their Facebook page, but they may also have U-pick Apples, Blueberries, Peaches, Pears, Grapes and Strawberries. If you find out, . Click here for a map and directions. Alternate phone: 814-774-8442. please write me.
  • Maas Farms - Grapes, Tomatoes and Apples.
    2270 Dewey Road, North East, PA 16428. Phone: 814-725-9546. Open: August to November 1. Click here for a map and directions. . from 9 am to 6 pm, all days in Season. 3 miles east of North East on Rt. 20, go north on Dewey, only farm on west (left) side of road.
  • Post Apple Scientific, Inc - apples, red raspberries, yellow raspberries
    8893 Gulf Road, North East, PA 16428. Phone: 814-725-3330. Email: [email protected]. Open: July 15 to first frost. Click here for a map and directions. . End of Gulf Road at intersection of Gulf, Mallick Road, & Rt. 426. Post Apple raises 12 varieties of apples, black currents, and rasperries, both red and golden, for pick-your-own or fresh maeket. The season for currents and raspberries begins in mid-july and ends for the golden raspberries when the first freeze comes in the fall. This does not normally occur before October 15. Apples can be picked from Mid-August until the end of October. Apples many be purchased until they are gone; usually January.
  • Rahal Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, cherries, table grapes (with seeds), peaches,
    8200 Bort Road - Exit 45 Off Route 90, North East, PA 16428. Phone: (814) 725-1257. Email: [email protected]. Open: From June through September 1st Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00pm September, October and November - Please call for Fall Produce Stand Hours. Directions: Route 90 to Exit 45 - Go West on Route 20, then turn left onto Bort Road, proceed 1 mile, look for 'Rahal Farms" sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Rahal Farms . *Cherries - Sweet/Sour - ready around June 15 *Peaches - All Cling Free - ready around July 15 *Apples and Grapes - ready around August 15 **Please call us or check Facebook for exact picking dates!. Please call ahead so we can pick your special order for any produce we carry. These greens are only picked fresh to order: Parsley, Swiss Chard, Purslane, Dandelion, Mlukheye.
  • Sceiford Farms - Sweet cherries, Tart Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Grapes, Plums\\/Prunes, Nectarines
    6611 Dewey Road, North East, PA 16428. Phone: 814-725-1492. Email: [email protected]. Open: July 1 to December 24, Mon to Sat from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm; after Nov 1: Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: For cherry pick-your-own sales; .5 mile north of US 20 or .5 mile south of PA 5 on PA 89, then east on East Middle Road. for 2 mile to 11821 E. Middle Road. For direct sales and other pick-your-own sales; east on PA 5, 2.1 miles from PA 89 then south .2 mile on Dewey Road. to 611 Dewey Road. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Sceiford Farms Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 814-725-5077. . Facebook page

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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