The apple doesn’t fall far

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Despite the tempting tree in your neighbor’s backyard, Brooklyn doesn’t have many places to get the classic apple picking experience. To get the real deal, sometimes you’ve got to leave town, so GO Brooklyn picked the best — and closest — orchards to hit with a carload of friends and a few hours to spare. 

Stuart’s Farm in Westchester County offers apple picking as well as a market with local vegetables, preserves, pies and cookies.

Stuart’s Farm (62 Granite Springs Rd. at Mahopac Avenue in Granite Springs, NY) is open 9 am–6 pm daily. For information, call (914) 245-2784 or visit

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm offers all the tastes of fall, including one of the best snacks known to man: the apple cider donut. Open for apple picking through Oct. 31, the farm also stocks pumpkins and Christmas trees, making it perfect for a daytrip from now until December.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm (1335 White Hill Rd. between Mark Road and Mohansic Avenue in Yorktown Heights, NY) is open 10 am–4:30 pm on weekends and holidays. For information, call (914) 245-5111 or visit

Milk Pail Farm and Orchard in Bridgehampton might require you to take the long, slow drive along Route 27, but can you really complain when they offer you a ride in a hay wagon? This orchard offers 15 varieties of apples that you can pick directly from dwarf trees, as well as a country store and pumpkin patch.

Milk Pail Farm and Orchard (Montauk Highway between Watermill and Bridgehampton on Long Island) is open Friday through Sunday, and on holidays, 10 am–5:30 pm. For information, call (631) 537-2565 or visit

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