Apple Picking in Greater Rochester, NY and the Finger Lakes
Pick your own apples in Rochester and the surrounding counties!
One great way to get your kids to eat more fruit -- and introduce them to the subtleties of sweet/tangy tastes -- is by taking them apple picking to a local orchard. Below are places to go and things to do for a day in the orchard all around Rochester.
Types of Apples
Curious about the wide varieties of apples and what they're used for and taste like? Check out this neat page from New York Apple Country that provides photos and information. And, just to make you feel even better about taking your family out for a day picking apples, here is an article from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield on the health benefits of a trip to the apple orchard.
Where can your family pick apples in western New York?
For more information on local places your family can pick apples, below are locations of orchards in Rochester and . If you know of a U-pick apple location that I have not included, please email us!
If a grower does not have a web site listing hours, PLEASE call first to make sure they are open! (This is experience talking!)
Wayne County Apple Tasting Trail
Wayne county has a wonderful Apple Tasting Trail. Throughout October, travel to the 12 different farms and markets in the gorgeous countryside, get your passport stamped, and win prizes! Extra-special events are planned for their annual Tasting Weekend, in 2016 is October 7-10 (including Columbus Day). Click here for more information and a map!
KidsOutAndAbout.com Featured Pick-Your-Own Apple Farms in greater Rochester, NY
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G and S Orchards
Just 15 short minutes east of Rochester G and S Orchards is your source for you-pick and picked apples, berries and pumpkins. Enjoy the beautiful undulating country side and experience the great outdoors with your family.
Great family fun! Be sure to bring your cameras! Ride the wagons through the farm to the apple orchards. Pull a wagon to the u-pick pumpkin patch. Enjoy other fun activities and grab a family-friendly lunch at the new Market Cafe. Lagoner Farms: "Where you find the good things in life!"
Morgan's Farm Market
U-Pick apples from mid September thru October. Bring the family for a fun-filled day! Morgan's Farm Market is located 10 miles East of Penfield just off Rt.441. Be sure to check out our web site and our Facebook page for all the goings on! The last 2 weekends in October are typically pay one price U-Pick for all you can carry! No Bags Allowed :)
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
U-Pick Apples now available at Becker Farms! $4.50 for 4 Quart, $12 for half bushel, $20 for a bushel. Many varieties available for picking from now until Nov.1 Wagon rides to the orchard on the weekends Picking everyday 10-5. Please call 716-772-2211 or visit our web site for the most up to date picking conditions and varieties available on the day you visit.
In 2014, Wickham Farms planted thousands of apple trees in their new orchard on Sweets Corners Road in Penfield. The apples are grown using a trellis system so the trees remain short, allowing pickers to access the apples without the use of ladders. The orchard is carefully planned, so different apple varieties become available throughout the season. Currently, they have planted Jonagold, Crispin (sometimes called Mutsu), Empire, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, and Gala varieties, adding Jonamac this year. Their first picking season in 2015 was a huge success. Apple picking begins mid-September. Visitors are urged to check their website for updated information.