Over the weekend my little sister surprised me by making apple crisp with my super-secret recipe. Except it appears my recipe isn’t so super-secret anymore. I knew I shouldn’t have left my recipe file sitting out. Oh well, all is forgiven because now that she’s got my secret recipe, my sister can make apple crisp for me anytime her heart desires. And I hope it’s often.

If you’re wanting to whip up a batch of crunchy yet gooey apple crisp or a mouthwatering homemade apple pie or maybe you want to do some canning by making jellies and such, now is the time to pick your apples before the season ends.

Here are places where you can find both pick your own and already picked apples as well as pumpkins and some places where you’ll find some fun family things to do this fall.

Apple Hills- 131 Brooks Road, Binghamton NY, 13905- www.applehills.com-Phone: 607-729-2683

From apple picking to wagon rides to a Make Believe Market, Apple Sorting Process, Apple Picking, The Great Purple Puff Ball Pool, The Corn Bin, Roller Racers, and Basketball, Apple Hills has it all for you and the little people in your life. Pick your own apples Monday- Saturday 8-4 and Sunday 9-2pm

 Lone Maple Farm-2001 Hawleyton Road, Binghamton NY, 13903-www.lonemaplefarm.com- Phone: 607-724-6877

You can pick your own apples every day except for Thursday from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm. Wait for the tractor ride at the Pumpkin House next to the farm market. The last tractor ride before lunch leaves for the orchards at 11:30am. The last tractor ride to the apple orchard in the afternoon leaves for the orchards at 4:30pm. The tractor runs between the farm market and the orchards every 15 minutes. Apple picking will end the last weekend in October.


Grisamore Farms- 1347 Goose Street), Locke, NY- Phone: (315) 497-1347-www.Grisamorefarms.com

From pumpkin picking to hayrides, Grisamore Farm is fun for the whole family.  As long as the weather cooperates, every weekend in October you can enjoy a hayride for only $1 per person.  Grisamore Farms is open Monday-Friday from 8am- 7pm; Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

Tuckerman Farms-1416 West Genesee Street Road, Aurelius-auburn, NY 13021- . Phone: 315-252-5249- www.tuckermanfarms.com/

Not only can you pick your own pumpkins but if you don’t have time, you can buy one from the stand and while you’re there, you might want to pick up some baked goods. The hours for Tuckerman Farms change weekly, so be sure to check their website before you go and also know that Tukerman Farms is cash only.

 Hourigan Family Dairy- 3427 Amber Road, Syracuse, NY 13215- Phone: 315-263-6280

At Houriugan Family Dairy you can pick your own pumpkins or buy them right from the stand.  Plus, you’ll want to take the kids so that they can enjoy the farm animals and a hayride. Hourigan Family Dairy is open 7 days a week from sun up to sun down during October and accepts cash or check.

 Katie's Pumpkin Patch- 1832 W. Genesee Rd. Baldwinsville, NY 13027- Phone: 315-638-0876- www.katiespumpkinpatch.com

Katie's Pumpkin Patch is part of a third generation family farm that started selling U-Pick Pumpkins when she was 11 years old. At Katie’s Pumpkin Patch you can wind your way through the the corn maze on Dunham Road for free.  On Sunday they have hayrides for just a buck and all u pick pumpkins are $2 each, any size. Katie’s Pumpkin Patch accepts cash only and is open Sunday-Friday from 10am-6pm.

Iron Kettle Farm- Rt 96 (S of village) Candor NY 13743. Phone: 607-659-7707- www.ironkettlefarm.com

Pumpkins at Iron Kettle Farm have already picked, but there are still lots for sale.  Plus at Iron Kettle Farm you can enjoy a hayride, fun house, pumpkin scenery display, a haunted house, snack bar and non-motorized go-carts.  Iron Kettle Farm is open through October 31st from 9am-6pm.


Stoughton Farm- 10898 State Route 38 Newark Valley, NY 13811-(607) 642-3675-

 Stoughton Farm is packed with fun for the whole family with pumpkins, apples and corn for sale in their farm stand.  Plus there’s an 8 acre corn maze, hayrides, cow train ride a snack bar and lots more. The 2013 "MAiZE" Hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm through November 3rd and Sunday from 9am-5pm with the last admission ½ hour before closing.  The “Night MAiZE” runs through November 2nd with Friday and Saturday hours extend till 10 pm (last admission 9 pm). The farm hours are  Monday - Thursday 9am - 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 9am - 10pm and Sunday 9am - 5pm.

 Tioga Gardens-2217 State Rte 17 C, Owego, NY 13827- Phone: 607-687-2940

You’re going to love all that Tioga Gardens has to offer with a corn maze, haunted corn maze, pre-picked produce, tractor-pulled hay rides and more. Tioga Gardens accepts all forms of payment and is open 7 days a week. Times vary by season, so be sure to check their website for their schedule.

 Russell Farms-2850 Hawleyton Tpke, Brackney, Pennsylvania 18812-607-564-9246-www.russell-farm.com/

At Russell Farms you can pick both apples and pumpkins.  And there’s a whole lot of other fun stuff to do including hayrides, a petting zoo, a historic school-house, face painting, pony rides and more!

 Littletree Orchards-345 Shaffer Road Newfield, NY 14867-607-564-9246-http://www.littletree-orchards.com

Pick your own apples at Little Tree Orchards.  They’re open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-6pm.