Best Apple Orchard (2020)


The first apple orchard in the U.S. was planted in 1625 near Boston's Beacon Hill. Today, more than 7,500 growers are producing apples in all 50 states (according to the U.S. Apple Association). That's 240 million bushels of apples each year. Since each individual apple must be hand-picked during the autumn harvest season, many orchards open their gates for visitors to come and pick their own, often with added autumn entertainment. 

  • Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards

    Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards
    LaFayette, N.Y.

    This family-owned orchard has been growing apples since onion farmer George Skiff and dairy farmer Andrew Beak joined forces in 1911 to plant apples on a hillside along Rte. 20. The rest, as they say, is history. Gala, McIntosh, Ginger Gold and Paula Red are just a few of the varieties offered from late August through late October. Live music events, Cider Fests, Orchard Runs and a Kids' Magic Show add entertainment to the apple picking.
    Photo courtesy of Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards

  • Spicer Orchards ​Farm Market & Winery

    Spicer Orchards ​Farm Market & Winery
    Fenton, Mich.

    At Spicer Orchards, wagons take visitors into the orchards to pick apples and berries. The fall season also means hot apple cider and cider donuts, wine tastings and a children’s playground. A Harvest Festival in mid-September features a craft fair and antique tractors.
    Photo courtesy of Spicer Orchards ​Farm Market & Winery

  • Deal's Orchard

    Deal's Orchard
    Jefferson, Iowa

    This family run apple orchard in Iowa comprises 45 acres of apple trees with more than 25 varieties on offer. The farm also has an orchard store selling cider, homemade apple pie, local honey and other artisan food goods, as well as a seasonal corn maze and other family activities.
    Photo courtesy of Deal's Orchard

  • Libby & Son U-Picks

    Libby & Son U-Picks
    Limerick, Maine

    Apple picking season at Libby & Son U-Picks in Maine extends from mid-August through the end of October. Guest enjoy live music that can be heard throughout the orchard.
    Photo courtesy of Libby & Son U-Picks

  • Mercier Orchards

    Mercier Orchards
    Blue Ridge, Ga.

    Started in 1943 by Bill and Adele Mercier, Mercier Orchards has been a family farm ever since. Showcasing 52 varieties of apples, the You-Pick Apple Event is the most popular event of the season, which runs from early August to late October. A bakery/deli, farm market and winery offer more to do and taste, while other events like cooking and baking classes, tours and tractor pulls are staged at various times throughout the year.
    Photo courtesy of Mercier Orchards

  • Tougas Family Farm

    Tougas Family Farm
    Northborough, Mass.

    This second generation fruit farm in Massachusetts invites visitors to come pick their own apples, berries, peaches, nectarines and pumpkins. The farm grows 30 varieties of apples, available from mid-August to the end of October. Families can join kid-friendly activities in the Barnyard or Playground, while the Farm Kitchen sells baked goods.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / KenWiedemann

  • Carter Mountain Orchard

    Carter Mountain Orchard
    Charlottesville, Va.

    This Charlottesville orchard welcomes visitors to pick their own fruit throughout the season. Their Thursday Evening Sunset Series, extending into the beginning of apple season, features live music, hayrides and sunset views.
    Photo courtesy of Carter Mountain Orchard

  • Mt View Orchards

    Mt View Orchards
    Mount Hood, Ore.

    Mount View Orchards, a 50-acre apple and pear farm situated at the foot of Mt. Hood, has been raising environmentally sustainable fruit for more than four decades. During the fall picking season, visitors enjoy some 70 varieties of fruit (apples included), as well as hay rides and areas for picnicking. 
    Photo courtesy of Mt View Orchards

  • Solebury Orchards

    Solebury Orchards
    New Hope, Penn.

    During the fall season, visitors to Solebury Orchards are welcome to pick their own apples and blueberries amid 80 acres of beautiful Bucks County scenery. On weekends during the autumn apple season, guests can ride wagons through the orchards.
    Photo courtesy of Solebury Orchards

  • Weston's Antique Apples

    Weston's Antique Apples
    New Berlin, Wis.

    Weston’s Antique Apples was established in 1935, making it the oldest active orchard in Waukesha. The farm specializes in historic apple varieties, with options like the Old Church apple grown nowhere else. Visitors can tour the orchard during the fall Apple Fest.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Kristen Prahl

The top 10 winners in the category Best Apple Orchards are as follows:

  1. Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards - LaFayette, N.Y.
  2. Spicer Orchards Farm Market & Winery - Fenton, Mich.
  3. Deal's Orchard - Jefferson, Iowa
  4. Libby & Son U-Picks - Limerick, Maine
  5. Mercier Orchards - Blue Ridge, Ga.
  6. Tougas Family Farm - Northborough, Mass.
  7. Carter Mountain Orchard - Charlottesville, Va.
  8. Mt View Orchards - Mount Hood, Ore.
  9. Solebury Orchards - New Hope, Penn.
  10. Weston's Antique Apples - New Berlin, Wis.

Congratulations to all these winning orchards!

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