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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Far Western North Carolina in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins 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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Graham County

  • Stoney Hollow Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), flowers, grapes, melons, other berries, pears, peaches, peppers, persimmons, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, restrooms
    941 Ollies Creek Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771. Phone: 828-735-2983. Email: Open: 5 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm; Closed Wednesdays and Saturdays. Directions: From the center of Robbinsville (Hwy. 129/Hwy. 143) go North on highway 129 3 miles. Just before the Ted Jordan Bridge, turn right on E. Buffalo Circle. Go 1 mile and turn right on E. Buffalo Road Go .3 mile and turn left on Ollies Creek Road Go .9 mile and you will see the farm on the left. Parking, farm map, and picking buckets are available in the barn at the top of the hill. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Stoney Hollow Farm Facebook page. . . Crops are usually available in April through November. Jams and baked goods featuring products from the farm are available. Be sure to visit our website and sign up to receive a free e-letter with updates during the peak season. We use natural practices, but are not certified Organic. (UPDATED: June 11, 2014, from their Facebook page)

Henderson County

  • Continental Divide Produce - apples pumpkins
    2494 St. Paul Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Phone: 828-674-9764. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call for hours and availability; they have no online presence. U-Pick Orchard with apples and Pumpkins and already harvested Vegetables. (ADDED: June 28, 2018, JBS)
  • Coston Farm and Apple House - Apples, pumpkins, gift shop, bakery, farm market
    3748 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Phone: 828-685-8352. Email: Open: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, closed on Sunday. Directions: Bat Cave Exit 49A off I-26, 6.5 Miles on U.S. 64 East (Chimney Rock Road). Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 828-685-8350. . Click here for a map to the farm. Picking Season: Labor Day (Golden Delicious) to late Oct or early November. Enjoy a memorable pick-your-own-experience at Coston Farm with the NC mountains as a back drop. You can pick fresh apples in the Coston Farm U-Pick Orchard August to October by the bag, box or truckload. Golden Delicious will be available Labor Day weekend. Please check back to see if the other varieties listed below will be ready to pick. Pick Your Own Orchard open until the end of October or until all apples are picked. Reservations are not required in our U-Pick Orchard; call ahead for availability. Drop by the Apple House for an apple picking container for your fresh-picked apples. Their market has cider, homemade apple pies, fried apple pies, frozen apple cider slushies, caramel apples, and more. (UPDATED: August 16, 2020 JBS)
  • Creasman Farms LLC - apples, pumpkins
    280 Bent Arrow Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Phone: 828-685-7728. Email: Click here for a map and directions. . Animals to pet (goats and ducks). Take I-26 to Exit 18A (Bat Cove Exit) to US 64E; turn right at red-light onto Sugarloaf Rd; go approx. 6.5 miles on Sugarloaf (past 5 Points Grocery); turn right onto Ridge Road and go one quarter mile; turn right on Union Hill Road then take 2nd gravel drive on left.
  • Grandad's Apples N' Such - Apples, nectarines, peaches, pumpkins, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo
    2951 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Phone: 828-685-1685. Email: Open: 7 days a week until mid November from 9 AM to 5 PM. Directions: I-26, Exit 49-A. Go straight on 64East 2 miles. Big barn with tractor on silo on left. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Grandad's Apples N' Such Facebook page. . Click here for their Facebook page. Select pre-picked fresh apples right off the tree from our assorted bins inside the store or the opportunity to pick your own from the orchard is available! We offer more than 20 different varieties of apples that can be purchased pre-picked! We gladly let you mix and match your varieties. .Apple Varieties / Ripening Schedule . (UPDATED: August 16, 2020 JBS)
  • Jimmy Nix and Sons Apple House - apples, pumpkins
    305 Orchard Valley Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Phone: 828-685-7222. Click here for a map and directions. Jimmy Nix and Sons Apple House
  • Just Us Orchard - blackberries, apples and pumpkins, bakery, restrooms, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, picnic area
    187 Garren Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Phone: 828-974-1232. Email: Open: 7 days a week from Mid August through Early to Mid November, daily, from 8:30 am to 6 pm; Apples - mid August thru early November; peaches - August thru early September; blackberries - early July thru September. Directions: Take Interstate 26 to Exit 49A (old exit 18A) to 64 East. From 64 East, turn left at North Henderson High School (Fruitland Road). Proceed to stop sign at the end of Fruitland Road. Turn right onto Mills Gap Road. Go up the large hill and turn left onto Garren Road. Look for our signs with the red and yellow apples all along the route. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard . We have many . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard .
    Just Us Orchard Facebook page. . They close November 8 in 2010. Apple Varieties to choose from including Gala, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, September Wonder, Red Delicious, Candy Crisp, Ambrosia, Mutsu, Cameo, Jonagold, Stayman Winesap, Rome, Hampshire Mac, Ruby Jon, Fuji, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gold Rush, Arkansas Black. Check our apple ripening schedule to see what will be available when you plan your outing. Justus Orchard Facebook page. Blackberries from July thru AugustApples from Mid August thru Early November. (UPDATED: August 16, 2020 JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on November 02, 2010: "Loved it! Went today for the first time. They have apple cider donuts which are out of this world, hot apple cider, and apple slushes that are awesome. Also, two friendly dogs. Their brochure also states apple pies and cobblers; jam, jelly and preserves; local honey; boiled peanuts, pumpkins, mountain cabbage and sweet potatoes; and tractor rides and more. Church groups welcome."

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

Pumpkin recipes

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