This year’s weather has produced a banner year of flavorful apple selections (more than 30 varieties) at this small family-run orchard. Meander its 74 acres or peruse the petit on-site store for seasonal treats and decor.
1079 Wawaset Road, Kennett Square, (610) 347-2151.
Staymen, ida red, winesap, rome and many other varieties are ready for daily picking at this 200 acre family-owned farm between West Chester and Downingtown. Don’t have time to hit the orchard? Grab a 7-pound to-go bag. Also running through the end of the month are Fall Harvest weekends, which offer fresh baked pies, seasonal pastries and legendary hot apple cider donuts. Kid-friendly pumpkin painting, carving and hayrides are also available during the Fall Harvest.
1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester, (610) 269-3494.
Known for organic farming, this small, family-owned farm has plenty of apples for picking. Grab a basket and hit the orchard for a $2.50 per person fee, plus a price per pound charge.
29 Copes Lane, Media, (610) 564-0794.
Its peak season for apple picking at this area favorite. Look for a wealth of varieties, including cameo, jonagold, mutsu, red delicious and golden delicious. Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride into the groves daily from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. for a $6 entrance fee (picking boxes are extra). Don’t forget to tour the kid-friendly Pumpkinland, with its larger-than-life scarecrows and haunted figures to get into the spirit of Halloween.
137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, (610) 876-7116.
Pick apples from dwarf trees at this farm, which has been active since the 1930s. Open six days a week, look for autumn crisp, crimson crisp, pixie crunch, gala, macintosh and smokehouse varieties with pre-pay bags. Shop for delicious baked goods, organic produce, local honey and deli items while you’re there. Don’t forget a stop at Kim’s Cafe for coffee and hot cider.
40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown, (610) 856-7300.