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Apple U-Pick Orchards in North-Western South Carolina (Spartanburg - York) 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!

York County

  • Black's Peaches - Strawberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, sweet corn, apples
    IIntersection of Springlake Road and SC 5, York, SC . Phone: 803-684-2333. Email: [email protected]. Open: 8 am to 6 pm on Mondays-Saturdays, 1-6 pm, Sundays; Pick Your Own Strawberries in May, Peaches from the 1st of June through 1st of September, Blackberries in July. Directions: On S.C. 5, 3 miles west of York at intersection with Springlake Road. Look for signs. Thirty varieties of peaches; available June 1-October 1. Apples from August through September. Fall pumpkin tours also available. Take-home containers, restrooms, drinking water available. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Black's Peaches Facebook page. . . Price not set. Pick Your Own..(based on availability - call for details) Pick Your Own Strawberries - Spring Pick Your Own Peaches - Summer. Strawberries usually in May. Peaches usually from 1st of June through 1st of September. (UPDATED: January 19, 2021)
  • Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill - apples, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    11860 Highway 5, York, SC 29710. Phone: 803-684-0690. Email: [email protected]. Open: mid September through December, Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm; Check our website or call for Sunday hours in 2020, ALL PICK YOUR OWN REQUIRES A PRE-PURCHASED RESERVATION for everyone 2 years of age and older. Directions: 5 miles west of York on Highway 5..look for the Windmill! . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill Facebook page. . . must have their own pre-purchased reservation and bag. Reservations available online on Monday evenings prior to each upcoming weekend. Best time for apple picking is mid September till mid October. Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November, December. apple pies, fried apple pies, wassail. Daily Educational Farm Tours. Saturdays are Apple Harvest Days, cumulating with our Apple Harvest Festival on the 3rd Saturday of October. Check our website for updates and details. We offer Stayman Winesap for pick your own. The Stayman Winesap is an heirloom southern variety that has a multitude of uses. The Stayman Winesap is a sweet aromatic apple that has a slight hint of tartness. They are equally good for cooking and eating and retain their flavor when baked or used to make apple sauce. Because of their unique flavor and attributes, the Stayman Winesap is an excellent choice for Cider, both Hard Cider and Sweet Cider. (UPDATED: August 16, 2020 JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on November 09, 2009: "We visited Windy Hill in September as an outing with visiting relatives and our daughter. We were told about the inability for Windy Hill to sell cider, but the person was very pleasant about it. We purchased our u-pick bags and had a great time picking in the orchard. We feed and watched the chickens and rooster. Then we all had a great time petting the pig with her new born piglets and watching a funny goat. It is not a fancy place, but we had a great time. The apples were great as applesauce too.

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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