Beyond Niagara Falls, a stunning countryside awaits with many family-owned and –operated farms for u-pick opportunities year-round. But during the months of September and October, it’s prime time for apple varieties including Early Macs, Ginger Golds, Empires, and many others.
Here are five u-pick apple orchards to check out in Niagara Falls USA.
Before visiting, confirm dates and hours of operation. Varieties may change without notice due to weather and picking conditions. Some locations accept cash only!
1. Baker Farm Market & U-Pick / 2100 Youngstown Lockport Rd., Ransomville, NY 14131
This three generation family-owned and -operated farm offers more than just fresh fruit and vegetables. Browse a variety of salsa, jams, and fresh apple cider in the market, then head outdoors and stock up on pumpkins and colorful mums, too. Open daily.
2. Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards / 3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport, NY 14067
Expect all things fall fun down on the farm! Tickets are required on weekends only and includes parking, apples, farm animal exhibits, live music, and more! Visit the bakery and farm market for freshly baked pies and donuts, or visit the on-site brew pub for flights and small bites. Open daily.
3. Blackman Homestead Farm / 4472 Thrall Rd., Lockport, NY 14094
Apple season officially begins on September 17; reservations are required Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day Monday. Afterwards, shop speciality products including natural fruit juices and fruit butters, all made with locally grown fruit, or hit the tasting room for premium craft hard cider blends. Open daily.
4. Sanger Farms and Bakery / 852 Lockport Rd., Youngstown, NY 14174
Tour the farm on foot, or via an old-fashioned hayride! Wander the orchards, shop homemade baked goods, and enjoy breakfast or lunch at the on-site cafe, indoors or on the outdoor patio. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
5. Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill / 4960 Mapleton Rd., Pendleton, NY 14094
Operating since 1976, visitors can experience u-pick apples in the 20 acre orchards, enjoy fresh pressed cider, cider slushies, and freshly-baked cider donuts! Open weekends only.