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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Southern Tier of New York State in 2022, 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!

Schuyler County

  • Reisinger's Apple Country - apples, peaches, pumpkins, maple syrup
    2750 Apple Lane, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Phone: 607-535-7493. Email: [email protected]. Open: August-November 15, from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Directions: (Off Ellison Road)3 mile W of Watkins Glen, take Route 409 & follow signs. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Reisinger's Apple Country Facebook page. . . Many varieties of apples, peaches. . On the weekend Homemade Apple Cider Donuts are always a special hit. Apple butter, jams and jelly are made on-site (with our fruit) which make great gifts as well as great eating. We make our own Apple Cider and our own Maple Syrup. Local honey and arts and crafts from family members and area artisans are popular for browsing as well. We offer easy picking from the ground; no ladders needed (all within reach for young and old alike). Take one of our wagons for easy hauling (picking bags are provided). When you enter our apple orchard, there will be lots of memories to be made and shared. Cameras and picnic lunches will come in handy. Enjoy! We purchased a neighboring farm in 2012 and we now grow our pumpkins on this ground, and have expanded our raspberry and blueberry planting there too. Our Maple operation is located on this farm as well. Apples and Moore (formerly Reisingers) Over Twenty Apple Varieties Available. Plenty of wagons for hauling fruit and kids. Bags provided. Stroll through acres and acres of fruit and enjoy the beauty of the Finger Lakes. Take lots of pictures. Pears and Plums available seasonally in store. Homemade Apple Cider Donuts. Our fruit is used to make our own Jams, Jellies and Apple Butter in our processing kitchen. Apple Cider will be available usually beginning in the second week of September. Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds are sold in mass displays up by the sales barn. Maple Syrup and Honey grown by local farmers are sold in our barn throughout the season.
  • Wickham Farms - PYO strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins.
    4045 Church Street, Burdett, NY 14818. Phone: 607-546-7842. Open: for Asparagus in spring, call for availability. Click here for a map and directions.
    Wickham Farms Facebook page. . Open Open for berries in mid June., from 8am-7pm. Open July 8am-Noon for raspberries, strawberries, asparagus. Group Tours and Hayrides by appointment. Hayrides open to the general public on Saturdays in September and Oct. 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

Pumpkin recipes

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


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