It’s Peak Harvest Season, and Apples are Ripe for the Picking

Orange County orchards have activities for apple lovers of all tastes and sizes this September

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (September 17, 2015) ”“ September is peak harvest season in the Hudson Valley, and apple growers are opening their orchards to crowds looking to pick their own. More than 1,000 acres of Orange County, N.Y. orchards produce more than 25 varieties of apples. Located just 50 miles from Manhattan, a day of apple picking offers the perfect fall trip. The activities at these orchards are as vast as the apple varieties so everyone is sure to find something to fit their tastes.

“The time is ripe to visit an Orange County orchard. It’s a fun, affordable way to gather your friends and family together in the great outdoors,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “Bring the whole family for spectacular weekend events during the harvest season. Most of the orchards feature delicious, luscious apples from September through early October,”

One of the largest festivals in Orange County, Warwick Applefest draws tens of thousands of visitors to the heart of Orange County’s apple country each year. Warwick Applefest will be held on Sunday, October 4th this year. The festival features craft vendors, children’s rides, live entertainment, and fittingly, an apple pie contest. The Town of Warwick is also home to six apple-packed orchards including:

Masker Orchards: Named as one of the “Top 5 Orchards in the Tri-State” by WCBS-TV Channel 2, Masker Orchards is the only orchard that lets you drive right to the tree. For kids, there are barnyard baby animals, pony rides and wagon rides. A farm store is also onsite. Located at 45 Ball Road in Warwick.

Apple Dave’s: The first year winner of I LOVE NY’s Tourism Partner Award, Apple Dave’s Orchards (formerly Applewood Orchards) boasts scenic ponds and rose gardens. Visitors can enjoy live music and puppet shows, as well as sample creations from their distillery. Located at 82 Four Corners Road in Warwick.

Top Orange County apple orchards outside Warwick include:

Soons Orchards: Known for their fresh baked pies from Scotty’s Country Kitchen, Soons Orchards’ farm store is a favorite. Visitors to the cider tasting room can sample Orchard Hill Hard Cider, Winner of the 2014 Wine Spectator magazine’s pick for “must try new ciders.” Located at 23 Soons Circle in New Hampton.

Lawrence Farms Orchards: Known for its scenic vistas, Lawrence Farms is extremely family friendly. Children can enjoy its “little village” and playful farm animals. Horse-drawn carriage rides also run each weekend. Located at 306 Frozen Ridge Road in Newburgh.

Slate Hill Apple Orchards: Smaller than many surrounding orchards, Slate Hill Apple Orchards is a quaint choice but features a farm market, hayrides, a hay maze, and evening attractions such as “Wine and Design” and “Astronomy Night.” Located at 2580 Route 6 in Slate Hill.

Be sure to visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page: Orange County Tourism NY. It’s a fabulous guide to up-to-the-minute postings of area events and activities, great times, and memorable experiences available to visitors.

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s new website:

About Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail or call 845-615-3860.