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Buzz: Apple Picking Guide Fall 2014

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Fall is here in full swing and with that comes time for celebrating our local farms and orchards. Apple picking anyone?

Fall is here in full swing and with that comes time for celebrating our local farms and orchards. Apple picking anyone?

The leaves are changing, football is in full swing and the persistent Indian Summer sun has finally faded away.

Fall is here in full swing and with that comes time for celebrating our local farms and orchards. Apple picking anyone?

AroundMainLine.com has you covered across all the counties that make our suburban scene so vibrant, festive and fun this season.

So we toast to fresh apple cider, candy corn and caramel apples. Here is to happy picking.

Celebrate Autumn!
Sarah Lockard
AroundMainLine.com CEO & Publisher


Chester County

With over 200 acres of growing crops, Chester County’s Highland Orchards boasts twenty varieties of apples…and their famous Cider Donuts!

With over 200 acres of growing crops, Chester County’s Highland Orchards boasts twenty varieties of apples…and their famous Cider Donuts!

Highland Orchards

11000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road
West Chester, PA
Website: highlandorchards.net
Facebook: Join Highland Orchards Farm and Market on Facebook
Phone: 610-269-3494
Email: events@highlandorchards.net
Hours: Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm. Picking registration ends daily at 5pm.
Details: With over 200 acres of growing crops, Highland boasts twenty varieties of apples. And, you can bet there is plenty of activity this time of year on the farm-from hayrides, a kid korral, scarecrow building and more. Check the orchard blog on their website for daily updates on available apples and upcoming events.

Berks County

Frecon Farms

501 South Reading Avenue
Boyertown, PA
Website: freconfarms.com
Phone: 610-367-6200
Hours: Saturdays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Details: For 67 plus years, the Frecon family farm has been a labor of love, focused on providing Boyertown and the surrounding areas with fresh fruit, produce and local food items to enjoy with the ones you love. Apple varieties available this season are Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap, Rome and Fuji.

Frecon Farms’ retail store offers quality gourmet foods, wine, gift baskets and locally sourced produce, glass bottled milk, and meats. They also have a variety of bedding plants, perennials, annuals, roses and floral arrangements.

Fresh market pies, candy corn and caramel apples…tis the season!

Fresh market pies, candy corn and caramel apples…tis the season!

Weaver’s Orchard

40 Fruit Lane
Morgantown, PA
Website: weaversorchard.com
Facebook: Join Weaver’s Orchard on Facebook
Twitter: @weaversorchard
Instagram: @weaversorchard
Phone: 610-856-7300
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am-7:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Details: Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market is a beloved fourth generation family farm nestled in the scenic hills of Berks County, just 15 minutes south of Reading, PA, offering a farm market and pick-your-own fruit with 16 apple varieties this 2014 season including Honeycrisp, Autumn Crisp, Stayman, Fuji and more!

Fall Family Fun Days run now through October 25th with special activities from 10am to 5pm including: live music, pick your own apples and pumpkins, hay rides, apple cannon, live music, and delicious food. Kids activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, straw pyramid (ages 5 and older), barrel train, inflatable obstacle course, visit farm animals and alpacas.

Delaware County

Linvilla Orchards

137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA
Website: linvillaorchards.com
Facebook: Join Linvilla on Facebook
Twitter: @ILoveThatPlace
Instagram: @LinvillaOrchards
Phone: (610) 876-8796
Email: apples@linvilla.com
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 8am-6pm; Friday and Saturday 8am-9pm.
Harvest Hayrides: Enjoy a hayride, through Linvilla’s scenic fields and orchards with their friendly hayride escort, followed by a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and apple cider. Every day thru November 2nd, Monday-Friday 12:30-4p.m; Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm $7 per person.
October Activity Hours at Linvilla
Farm Market & Pumpkinland: Sunday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday & Saturday 9am-9pm
Pick Your Own Fall Apples: Open 9am-6pm everyday
Train Rides: Monday-Friday 12:30-4p.m; Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm; $3 per person
Pony Rides: Saturdays & Sundays 12-5pm; $6 per person
Face Painting: Monday-Friday 10am-3:30p.m; Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm; $6 & up
Straw Bale & Corn Mazes: Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm; $4 per person, both mazes; $6 per person
Apple Sling: Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm

Bucks County

Snipes Farm, Nursery and Golf

890 West Bridge Street
Morrisville, PA
Website: snipesfarm.org
Facebook: Join Snipes Farm on Facebook
Phone: 215-295-1138
Email: info@snipesfarm.org
Hours: Open Daily 9am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Details: A tree ripened apple is like no other apple! Snipes’ varieties include: Ginger Gold, Red Mac, Gala, Honey Crisp, Red and Yellow Delicious, Ida Red, Empire, Jonagold, Melrose, Crispin, Braeburn, Stayman Winesap and Rome. Fresh apple cider, candy and caramel apples are made with their own fruit. The 2014 season runs September 20th to November 2nd. Fall Harvest weekends include the Land of Scarecrows, hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch and apple orchard, the five acre Corn Maze, the labyrinth walk, children’s wooden maze, Halloween Hollow playground, Ol’ Time Farm Museum, face painting, pumpkin painting and live barnyard animals. Enjoy live music on October weekend days.

Upcoming Theme Weekends at Snipes: October 18th-19th ‘Kids & Community on the Farm Weekend’ complete with costume parade and pirate treasure hunt. October 25th-26th ‘Healthy Families on the Farm Weekend’ complete with healthy living activities for all ages.

Solebury Orchards

3325 Creamery Road
New Hope, PA
Website: soleburyorchards.com
Facebook: Join Solebury Orchards on Facebook
Phone: 215-297-8079
Email: mail@soleburyorchards.com
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 9am to 6pm
Details: Solebury Orchards, located in the center of scenic Bucks County, grows peaches, apples, blueberries, raspberries and other fruits. The farm is well known for its high quality fruits which are available from summer through winter at the Solebury Orchards Market. Increasingly popular at the orchard is pick your own, where customers can enjoy themselves surrounded by beautiful fields of berries and orchards. Apple picking is available through Nov.

For a complete list of locales and times for apple picking across the Main Line and suburban region, visit: pickyourown.org/PAeast.htm.

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