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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear when I visit?

What is the minimum amount of apples I can pick?

How much does it cost to pick apples?

Do you accept credit cards?

Where can I find information about the apples you sell on your farm?

Can I bring my dog?

Do you have Apple Cider?

Can I climb the apple trees?

Are there any hazards?

Do you spray your apples?

Is there a way of getting to your farm via mass transit?

Can I have a picnic?

Can I make arrangements for a group to go picking?

Can I have a birthday party/event at your farm?

Can I have my wedding or large party event on your farm?


Q: What should I wear when I visit?

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.


Q: How much does it cost to pick apples?

A: Prices vary depending on weather and variety of apples we are picking so please email us at wilkensfruitfarm@gmail.com 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.


Q: What is the minimum number of apples I can pick?

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.


Q: Do you accept credit cards?

A: Yes, we accept most major credit cards, cash and personal check for payment.


Q: Where can I find info about the apples you sell on your farm?

A: Click this link to go to the apple info page.


Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Due to health regulations we regrettably cannot allow dogs in our orchards or shops.


Q: Do you have Apple Cider?

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.


Q: Can I climb the apple trees?

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.


Q: Are there any hazards?

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.


Q: Do you spray your apples?

A: Yes.  We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to keep our trees and the environment healthy.


Q: Is there a way of getting to your farm via mass transit?

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.


Q: Can I have a picnic?

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.


Q: Can I make arrangements for a group to go picking?

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 wilkensfruitfarm@gmail.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.


Q: Can I have a birthday party/event at your farm?

A: Yes, we have a special party space for birthdays. Email wilkensfruitfarm@gmail.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.


Q: Can I have my wedding or large party event at your farm?

A: Yes, we do rent our land and facilities for weddings and large events. Email wilkensfruitfarm@gmail.com for more information.