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Organic Apple Picking in NJ? Where to Find Low-Spray Farms

I don't know about you, but as soon as that first crisp autumn breeze arrives, my family is ready for a day of apple picking in New Jersey. In addition to hayrides, hot cider, and barnyard animals, we decided that this year, we wanted to pick juicy, ripe, organic apples. After doing a little research, we learned that the woodsy (and buggy) climate here in Jersey can make organic apple farming a challenge. But that doesn’t mean local farmers aren’t doing their best to reduce the use of pesticides, using low-spray methods, and low-impact family farming practices.

Spend a perfect fall day at one of these four New Jersey farms and bring home a bushel of local, responsibly-farmed fruit.

25 Fall Harvest Festivals Near Philly: Pumpkins, Apples, and Scarecrows, Oh My!

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors in the Delaware Valley. The temperature is cooler, skies are clear and the changing leaves create a spectacular backdrop to any event. Fortunately, there are so many opportunities to celebrate the season - whether it is attending a harvest festival in your community, or taking a drive to a farm or orchard. We have rounded up a list of some of the numerous events taking place this fall, including hayrides, pumpkin patches, scarecrow-building, live entertainment, and cider donuts! Keep checking our calendar too, as we are continuously adding new events for Fall!

Apple Picking in LA? Pick Your Own this Season!

“Apple picking in LA?” your Northwest/Midwest/East coast friends scoff? Well you can tell them that California is the second largest apple exporter and the fifth largest apple producer in the United States. While it may not feel like fall in the Valley - where I heard it was 103 degrees the other day - there are some apple-picking day trips to be had in the area that feel like a seasonal retreat. (And when your bag runneth over, check out these tempting apple recipes...)

Corn Mazes with the Kids in Fairfield County, CT

A trip to a corn maze is one of my favorite fall activities. Going through a corn maze gives you one of those rare opportunities to safely hand over the reigns to your child and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into a place where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall so don't miss your chance! For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Best PA Apple Picking Orchards for Philadelphia Families

We know it must be Fall when we feel that chill in the air, the leaves start to change color, harvest festivals abound and apple picking season begins. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite Fall tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour's drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting.

15 Places to Go Apple Picking Near Boston with Kids

Nothing says fall in New England like a family excursion to the apple orchards. With many orchards to choose from, families can head a short distance from Boston for their choice of places to pick their own apples starting in late August through mid-October.

We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite places to pick apples near Boston, but with over 50 farms in the area offering apple picking, there are many more to choose from. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer petting farms, country stores, hay rides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities, so leave plenty of time to take advantage of all these farms have to offer. You can even plan your child's fall farm birthday party at some of the farms.

And if you're looking for some ideas for what to do with all those apples, we've put together some of our favorite apple recipes for inspiration!

Corn Maze, Apple Picking and More Farm Fun at Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards is one of those places where sprawling vistas, orchards brimming with fruit, and a deliciously stocked country store will make you feel like you are splurging on a vacation; however, given its 30-minute proximity to Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury, chances are you’re probably still very close to home. Throughout the year, this Connecticut landmark is a favorite family-friendly destination, but the views are especially spectacular in the fall.

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