A: We recommend wearing closed toe sneakers or shoes with tall socks and pants. The farm is a typical orchard with long grass and uneven ground.
A: Prices vary depending on weather and variety of apples we are picking so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Please note that there is no admission, wagon ride or parking fee. We only charge for the apples you pick! With that being said there is a minimum to enter the the orchard.
A: There is a 1/4 bushel (1 peck) minimum (11 pounds) for every 2 adults to enter the orchard or a 1/2 bushel minimum(22 pounds) for every 3 to 4 adults. If that is too much, there are smaller quantities of pre-picked apples available in the Farm Market.
A: Yes, we accept most major credit cards, cash and personal check for payment.
A: Click this link to go to the apple info page.
A: Due to health regulations we regrettably cannot allow dogs in our orchards or shops.
A: Yes. Cider is available starting the third week in September due to the need of at least 5 varieties ripe in order to make it taste right. The cider is not pasteurized, however it is UV treated, which is approved by the NYS Health Department. The flavor changes throughout the season due to the different apple mix and sweetness of the apples. The cider freezes well, however make sure the it is defrosted completely and shake well after thawing. Apple Cider has various health benefits including natural pectin, fiber and antioxidants. The process includes washing the apples, grinding them followed by pressing and a partial filter through cider blankets. Cider can be cloudy because healthy pulp is included. Pressed pulp is called pomace which is composted or fed to animals.
A: No, this is not allowed due to insurance reasons and the tree branches are often hollow and may break. However, picking poles can be rented to reach apples that are higher up on the trees.
A: Every farm has natural hazards that consist of wasps and yellow jackets (avoid swatting or fast movements – move like a statue!), woodchuck holes (watch where you walk), poison ivy (wear shoes and socks; consider gloves; use ivy block or hand lotion on uncovered skin; bring baby wipes for quick wipe-down). We cannot spray herbicide to kill poison ivy because that would also kill the apple trees, so we cut it by hand and mow as much as possible.
A: Yes. We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to keep our trees and the environment healthy.
A: Yes. You can take the Metro-North(Hudson Line) train to Croton-Harmon or Peekskill station and a taxi from there. Taxi ride to the farm is approximately 15 minutes.
A: We Encourage the use of FDR State Park ¼ mile east of Farm on the other side of the Taconic Parkway. (Go out the farm, turn right, at the bottom of the hill turn left, at the light turn right and the park is ¼ mile down on the right hand side). The park has lovely facilities for grilling, fields for soccer, softball and nets for volleyball, some bathrooms and plenty of picnic tables and parking. The picnic tables by the Bakery are for consumption of foods purchased on the premises only. No outside food is permitted.
A: Yes, reservations can be made for Fridays(groups of 15+ persons) or for Saturdays and Sundays(groups of 25+ persons) including schools, scouts, church groups and others. Email email@example.com for more information and we will get back to you in a couple days when the farm is open. We start taking reservations on August 15th.
A: Yes, we have a special party space for birthdays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and we will get back to you in a couple days when the farm is open. We start taking reservations on August 15th.
A: Yes, we do rent our land and facilities for weddings and large events. Email email@example.com for more information.