Places to Pick Apples Near Pittsburgh
The days of sunshine, camp, and picnics are coming to a close. Although we're all dreading the return to fewer daylight hours and cold weather, there is one thing to look forward to: fall fruit picking!
Be prepared to walk! Check to see if there is a wagon service, or plan ahead with comfortable shoes and maybe a stroller or wagon for tired kids.
Check the website of the farm to help your visit run smoothly. Some are cash-only, while others will close unexpectedly for weather or other reasons.
Talk to your kids about what you're doing. Do they know how apple trees grow? What about how apple cider is made? Do they know Johnny Appleseed? Make your outing a fun adventure- and hey, it never hurts to throw in a little history or science!
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 Buffalo.
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's 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.