Stuart’s Farm – the oldest orchard in Westchester County
Apple Picking is of course included in almost everyone’s Happy Day list. In Westchester, there are a few orchards to choose from, and my family has tried them all. Our favorite? Stuart’s Farm, located in Granite Springs.
2) Donuts! Luckily, Stuart’s added a bakery to their offerings just a few years ago – because apple-cider donuts are a definite must after apple-picking.
3) No crowds! I’ve never seen a huge crowd here. That’s because it’s low-key- no carnival games or rides, just apples, pumpkins, fruit, cider and donuts. Simplicity. If you’re looking for a sweet and mellow day of apple picking, this is the place. If you choose Stuart’s for your apple picking, there’s no need to worry about overstimulated kids or long lines.
4) History! This is my personal favorite. There aren’t that many places around here where you can actually feel the history. Staurt’s is a family owned farm- it’s been owned by the Stuart family for six generations, since 1828. The fruit stand, where you’ll buy your bags, was built by the family in 1886; the original farm house on the property is still being lived in and was built in 1760.
What to know before you go:
2) Check out the awesome map, painted on a giant piece of wood, and hanging at the edge of the orchard. It will tell you exactly where to go to get the kinds of apples you like. It definitely adds to the down-home, country farm feel of the whole place.
3) In order to spend a decent amount of time actually apple picking, you’re going to have spring for the big bag. With my family of six, we have to spring for two big bags. Just face this ahead of time – you are going to be going home with a lot of apples. Plan ahead of time to give some away, and do lots of baking.
4) Be sure to stop for donuts – and pumpkins – on the way out.
For more information, check out the Stuart’s Farm website here: http://www.stuartsfarm.com