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U-pick apple orchards in Central PA


Little kid boy picking red apples on farm autumn

Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, Red Delicious – just say the names of different apple varieties, and you can taste the tart sweetness of the first, crunchy bite. And what better way to celebrate the cool, crisp days of autumn than an afternoon of apple picking with your family? Lucky for us, Central Pennsylvania just happens to be apple pickers’ paradise. Here’s our list of local orchards where you can load up on the fixings for homemade pies, sauces and other yummy apple treats.

Note: Apple harvest season dates can depend on weather and other growing conditions, so check orchard websites to confirm U-pick days and hours.

ADAMS COUNTY

Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, Inc.
boyernurseries.com

405 Boyer Nursery Road, Biglerville
717-677-8558
Apples are available in the barn market beginning late summer. Pick-your-own apples begin in mid-September, seven days a week.

Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.
hollabaughbros.com

545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville
717-677-8412
From mid-September on, you can pick your own Red and Golden Delicious apples, a variety that’s perfect for snacking and baking. The market features baked goods, ice cream, canned goods and locally raised meats.

CUMBERLAND & DAUPHIN COUNTIES

Strites Orchards
stritesorchard.com

1000 Strites Road, Harrisburg
717-564-3130
This farm’s been in operation for over 100 years, and has lots of yummy baked and canned goods in addition to other fresh produce. Apple picking will begin early September.

LANCASTER & LEBANON COUNTIES

Brecknock Orchard
brecknockorchard.com

390 Orchard Road, Mohnton
717-445-5704
Apple picking began in mid-summer and continues through the end of October, possibly into November, depending on weather. Stop by the farm market for homemade jams, baked good and Brechnock Orchard honey.

Cherry Hill Orchards
cherryhillorchards.com

400 Long Lane, Lancaster
717-872-9311
With 25 varieties of apples here, there’s sure to be several to appeal to every member of your family. It’s been open since August, and will continue through mid-November. Closed on Sundays.

Gray’s Apple Ridge Orchard
Graysappleridge.com

144 Greble Road, Jonestown
717-418-3480
They have 11 types of apples with the earliest ready in mid-September. The trees are semi-dwarf and easy to reach. Pick a little or a lot — they charge you by the pound, not by the bushel. Open Fridays-Sundays.

Masonic Village Farm Market
mvfarmmarket.com/pages/pick-your-own

310 Eden View Road, Elizabethtown
717-361-4520~
Their apple picking started in mid-August and will end October 22. You can pick-your-own daily.

Sycamore Spring Orchard
sycamorespringorchard.com

1901 Thompson Avenue, Jonestown
717-867-4389
The season started in mid-August with their Ginger Gold and Gala apples and is scheduled to continue through October with their many variety of reds. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Thursdays 3 p.m.-dark.

YORK COUNTY

Brown’s Orchards
brownsorchards.com

8773 Yellow Church Road, Seven Valleys
717-428-2036
Located three miles from their market in Loganville, the orchard features pick-your-own ginger gold apples. The season began in early August and runs through October.

Family Tree Farm
familytreefarm.com

4688 Dairy Road, Red Lion
717-332-6365
Their pick-your-own season starts September 2. Varieties include Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala, Crimson Crisp, Pink Lady and Cameo.

Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market
flinchbaughsorchard.com

110 Ducktown Road, York
717-252-2540
The Orchard and farm market is open year-round and offers a fresh stock of fruits and vegetables, baked items and specialty foods. Pick-your-own apples begins September 22 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through October.

Forge Hill Orchards
forgehillorchards.com

135 Blossom Drive, Mt. Wolf
717-266-1206
The farm has been around for three-quarters of a century. Pick-your-own apples are sold by the half-bushel, one price regardless of the variety you pick. Bushel baskets are provided at the orchard. U-pick begins mid-September and runs through October, Monday through Sunday.

Maple Lawn Farms, Inc.
maplelawnfarms.com

2885 New Park Road, New Park
717-382-4878
Ginger Gold, Blondee and more. The apple picking started in late summer with 15 varieties to choose throughout the season.

Paulus Orchard
paulusorchards.com

522 E. Mount Airy Road, Dillsburg
717-432-2544
Pick-your-own apples are available every weekend in September and October. Stop in the farm store for seasonal produce, snacks, baked goods and ice cream.

Shaw Orchards
shaworchards.com
5594 Norrisville Road, White Hall, Md.
410-692-2429
Pick-your-own apples on Saturdays each week from September through about the end of October, as supplies last. Gala, and Golden Delicious will start the season, followed by Cameo, Nittany, Rome and York Imperial.

Susquehanna Orchards
facebook.com/susquehannaorchards/

560 Orchard Road, Delta
717-456-5115
Apple picking begins middle of September and runs through beginning of November. Open seven days a week.

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