Fall means apple-picking season, although you’ll find all kinds of fall-tastic harvest produce here! Pennsylvania farms and orchards offer endless ways for families to experience nature’s gifts firsthand and turn them into a relaxing weekend trip. Pick your happiness with one of these unique experiences!
Hollabaugh Bros. Inc. Fruit Farm & Market, a family-owned-and-operated farm, has grown fruits and vegetables on 500 acres for over 50 years. Head to their farm and retail market this fall to pick your own apples, enjoy scheduled tours of the farm, and drool over their fresh-baked pies and dumplings.
Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg is great for finding that perfect pumpkin while offering entertainment for the kids! Fall on the farm marks the opening of the Fall Fun Fort, where families can enjoy tons of farm-themed play areas, including hay rides and pick-your-own pumpkins. Families can even visit and feed the barnyard animals.
Boyer Nurseries and Orchards is a five-generation comprehensive garden center/fruit market selling fresh fruits in season. Make sure you stop by this fall for pick-your-own favorites like apples, as well as other in-season fruit like plums and pears. They also sell a variety of fruit baskets, cheese, preserves, and other food products.
Cherry Hill Orchards is the largest pick-your-own fruit farm and farmers market in Lancaster County. During the fall season, gather your own “harvest” of apples, pumpkins, and more, and ride along on their orchard hayride and hand-pick your favorite pumpkin!
Stock up on your favorite fall treats in Lehigh Valley’s Strawberry Acres, where you’ll find rows and rows of apple trees primed for picking. Plan an outing at one of their many fall events that include evening hayrides, pony rides, and scarecrow making. Browse the farm stand for delicious apple cider, baked goods, and more, or make your way to Grim’s Orchard & Family Farms for their annual Fall Festival. Find the perfect pumpkin just waiting to be your next jack-o’-lantern!
Rodale Institute invites families to pick apples at its Annual Organic Apple Picking Festival on Sept. 16. In addition to apple picking, visitors can shop organic vendors, enjoy organic food and beverages, listen to live music, go on wagon tours, launch apples with the rotten apple rocket, and visit the kids zone.
Apple Castle in New Wilmington is a sixth-generation family farm located in the heart of Western Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. For more than 150 years, the family has been providing quality apples to all. Come out to the farm to pick your own apples, sweet corn, rhubarb, asparagus, pumpkins, and more. Don’t leave without tasting the apple cider!
Head to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Elverson, where you can pick apples September through October. In addition to learning about Hopewell’s fascinating history, you can pick apples in the park's historic orchard for only $1 per pound. The apples include historic varieties not commonly found in today's modern orchards – plus the fruit is pesticide free.
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